The power of positive thinking

field-328962_640Amid changing priorities, crunching deadlines and tending to your family, it’s sometimes hard to find time for anything, and thinking straight may not even seem like an option. But with so many pressures weighing upon your shoulders, wouldn’t it make sense to think positive?

Unfortunately, staying positive when you’re under pressure isn’t always as simple as we would like to think. But even the happiest, most unstressed person will find solace in positive thinking as a stress management technique.

The important thing to remember is that positive thinking comes from within. To think positive, you need to be at one with yourself. You need to be doing things in your life that make you feel good about yourself. This could be anything from taking a bike ride to taking a brisk walk before dinner.

Anything that makes you feel good about yourself helps clear your mind, so you can focus on positive things.

Try to think positive whenever you can. Not only will positive thinking make you feel good about yourself, but it will give you the incentive to give life the that extra 10 percent.

In my own life, I’ve found that positive thinking has helped me stay focused and actually improved my morale. I also set realistic goals, and kept telling myself that they were attainable as long as I kept up my spirits and worked toward doing something productive.

What I found as a result was that I was much happier and more focused on getting something done. Positive thinking is not difficult, however.

Keep a “can do” attitude. As a stress management technique, staying positive can do wonders for your self-esteem. A lot of people tend to get down on themselves when they do something wrong or fall short of achieving their ultimate goal. This should be avoided at all costs. Negative thinking can actually keep you from doing your best and may slow you down when you’re under pressure.

When you find yourself falling into negative thinking, try thinking of something you have to look forward to in the future. This could be anything from having dinner out to a weekend outing at the park.

One thing to remember is that positive thinking aids in stress management in many ways. When you think positively, you are taking a step toward a good future.

Happiness promotes feelings of hope and self worth, which make it easier to deal with stressful situations.

As I said earlier, positive thinking is not difficult. All you need is to find the good in life.

Smile. Take time out of each day to smile. If you practice this on a daily basis, you will gradually find yourself feeling better. Smiling makes you more attractive. Your eyes smile, and you seem more approachable overall. And as they say, the eyes are the windows to the soul.

Take time for you. A lot of people get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of life that they forget to take time for themselves. This is especially difficult when you have a family, because someone always needs something from you.

When you’re so busy with other obligations, it’s often hard to find time to think positive, and oftentimes people feel guilty for taking a few moments to focus on something they want to do.

But the good news is that positive thinking is good for any situation. Getting outside in nature or going out to the mall can promote positive thinking as well. It gets you out of the house, which makes you feel good and may actually help clear your mind of everyday stressors.

It’s not healthy to stay in the house all the time. Take at least 20 minutes each day to go outside for reflection. Just be sure to wear sunscreen!

Other techniques that promote positive thinking include:

  • Reading a book

Find a good book and read for a few quiet moments. Try to set aside 20 minutes to an hour each day to read, whether it’s a book or a magazine.

  • Dress nicely

Sometimes you don’t feel like getting dressed up; sometimes all you want to do is throw on some sweats and go. But the truth is that wearing nice clothes that make you feel good. In addition, it will help you think positive and succeed in your everyday activities.

In my experience, I’ve found that a little positive thinking can be achieved by doing something productive. When you lounge around the house all day, you tend to feel stale and unmotivated. Staying active, however, keeps your mind alert.

People who stay active and involved in activities are generally happier all around. They have more energy and spunk. And the good news is that you too can be one of them!

Five Powerful Tools To Relieve Stress Quickly

stress-1277561_640Are you feeling that you just can’t get a break from the pressures and stresses of life? Are you struggling to see the light at the end of the tunnel? We all know that a certain amount of stress can be beneficial and help to keep us motivated but too much of it and it starts to have an adverse effect on our health and well-being.

That’s why when you are feeling stressed it is so important to know how you can combat its effects before if starts to make you ill. This article will reveal five of the most powerful yet simple and effective ways to relieve stress quickly.

1. Slow Down!

Many people who are feeling stressed start rushing about all over the place trying to get everything done. The problem is, when you rush things you start to miss things or make mistakes. The result can be that the problem you are stressed about actually becomes worse rather than better. Of course this only serves to make you even more stressed!

Take your time. Just stop for a minute and think about things clearly. Perhaps things are not as bad as they seem. Evaluate your problems and then make a plan to tackle them. Personally I always find that it helps to write things down. If you have a list of things to do then you can tick them off as they get done. It is always nice to see that list get smaller and smaller and I find that as the list shrinks – so does my stress!

2. Breathing Exercises.

This is one of the oldest but still most effective ways to relieve stress. When you are stressed you may not notice but your breathing can become quick and shallow. What you need to do is take some slow, deep cleansing breaths. If you can find somewhere quiet to do this then all the better but it can be done at any time and in any place.

Try to breathe in slowly through your nose, hold the breath for a few seconds then breathe out again slowly through your mouth. Breathing deeply like this helps your lungs to absorb oxygen and release carbon dioxide so you will feel better. It also helps to relax your body if you feel tense. One extra little tip – when I do this I visualise myself actually exhaling my stress as I breathe out. It sounds bizarre I know but don’t knock it until you have tried it!

3. Exercise.

Sorry if exercise is a bad word to you but don’t worry I am not going to suggest any Olympic style training. When you feel stressed your body releases hormones such as adrenaline (epinephrine) in response to what it perceives as a threat. You have probably heard of the fight or flight response – well this is the body’s built in response to stress.

Exercise helps to use up your adrenaline. Now please don’t tell me that you’re not the athletic type – there is always some sort of exercise that you can do. Personally I enjoy cycling but simple things such as walking and swimming are just as effective. By burning off that adrenaline you will dramatically reduce your stress levels and completing some form of exercise gives you a sense of achievement. Do it!

4. Massage.

When I have had a busy or stressful day then I find a nice massage is one of the most pleasant ways to relieve my stress. A gentle massage can help to rub away your aches and pains but it also helps to stimulate the pleasure centres in your brain and makes you feel good about yourself. Some scented massage oil can help too.

If you don’t have a partner to give you a massage then try some gentle self-massage techniques. Rubbing the pads of your fingers gently on your forehead or temples can be very soothing especially if you can have a pleasant daydream at the same time.

5. Eat Healthily.

When you are stressed it is easy to give into the temptation to eat fast or junk food. While it might give you a temporary good feeling to tuck into a Big Mac or a donut you will probably find that you feel slumped afterwards. You might even feel guilty or dirty for eating such junk.

Healthy food will make you feel better and more energetic and more able to deal with issues. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water too. Dehydration can make you feel down, tired or lethargic which is the last thing you need when stressed.

Stress can have a dramatically negative impact on our lives but using these proven methods for managing stress you can start to bring your life back under control. These strategies work so try them yourself and very soon you will start to feel better about yourself and a lot less stressed.

An Interesting Angle on Setting Goals

As you probably know by now, I am a big advocate of setting goals as a starting point to achieving success in life.

This is a short video from Isiah Hankel which gives an interesting angle on my own views on goal setting. I should warn you that Isiah is a bit of a straight talker and likes to tell it to you straight. Some people don’t like his style but I have to admit that sometimes it gives you the kick in the butt you need to get you motivated to take action.

Click Play Below to watch it

4 Great Ways to start your Journey to Success in Life

successOne of the most important stages in achieving success is to take action! My website is in its infancy at the minute and I am still learning the ropes from my mentor so I can only apologise if this article is a bit amateurish. Writing this article is my way of taking action.

These are some of my favourite tips for achieving success:

1) Write Down Your Goals.

This is the very first thing anyone who has ever been successful has done. I know some people think this is an unnecessary waste of time but I can assure you that if you skip this step then its very unlikely that you will ever improve your current situation.

Take time and decide what you want to achieve. Be specific – e.g. don’t say “I want to be rich”. Instead say “I want to have one million pounds/dollars/euros in my account”. Also give a target date to achieve your goal. By creating goals you are telling yourself what you are going to achieve and when you are going to achieve it.

2) Make Plans.

When you have decided on your goals you can then move on to making a plan to achieve them. Take action on your plans and try to ensure that you do something every day which takes you closer to realising your goals. Accept that you will face challenges but be determined to overcome them.

3) Celebrate Success

Every time you achieve a goal you should celebrate your achievement. This is why you should have a range of goals – both small and big ones. In the early stages when you hit one of your goals, even if it is a small one, you will start to realise that success is possible.

4) Learn From An Expert

To improve your current situation you are almost certainly going to have to learn new skills. This is nothing to be ashamed off or worried about. You can either try to learn new skills yourself or you can find an expert to teach you. From personal experience I have found that learning from the skills and experiences of others is by far the most successful.

Be careful though and ensure that those you learn from are actually knowledgeable. For example there are thousands of supposed money-making experts online. Most of them have never made any significant money. You wouldn’t take a golf lesson from an amateur or diet advice from an obese person so don’t take financial advice from someone who is broke.