“Once your mindset changes, everything on the outside will change along with it.”
As the years go by, I am sure we’ve all noticed that mental health and topics that focus on the intricate processes of our minds are becoming less taboo to talk about. More studies are being published that focus on the importance of practicing healthy habits not only physically, but mentally.
We’re gradually learning that there are many incidents and events that, if gone unchecked, can factor into poor mental health. From what I’ve experienced, this also ties into the process of healing and releasing trauma – a topic for a later date. With the knowledge that cultivating a healthy mindset is important in order to truly thrive in this world, ask yourself these questions:
Are your daily habits helping you succeed in life?
Do they assist with your personal growth overtime?
If the answer to either question is no, then something needs to change.
In life, many of us don’t notice , and haven’t been taught, how much our minds can become clogged to the point of experiencing mental burnout. Take waking up in the morning for instance. Those first moments after you open your eyes are some of the most important minutes of the day, but how often do you consistently find yourself being bombarded with external stressors almost instantly?
Maybe the first thing you do is pick up your phone, immediately worrying about something outside of your control before you can even put your feet on the floor. Most of us are guilty of this. Whether it be our personal lives, finances, work, etc. These things, amongst others, can collectively become factors that contribute towards negatively impacting your overall mental health and mindset – especially when repeated. After all:
“We are what we repeatedly do”
So, what you must be asking now is this.
What Daily Habits Can I Add To My Routine To Help Me Gain A Healthy Mindset?
1. Limit Social Media & Phone Time
With technology advancing, we have become incredibly attached to our phones. We take them with us everywhere and will sometimes become panicked if they can’t be found. Of course, social media is great in many ways and allows us to stay connected, but it is also a place that can drain your mental energy.
How often do we log onto social platforms, scrolling through billions of thoughts from others, and loads of contradictory information, before we decide to log-off?
Have you ever felt exhausted after spending time on Twitter for a few hours?
Sometimes staying connected, depending on what you focus on when online, can be detrimental to your mental health. Set clear boundaries with your phone use to help combat this. Try to set limits on how long you scroll through Instagram or get sucked into Tik Tok. Make more time in your day creating than looking at or watching someone else’s content.
Example: I stopped all consistent social media use for about 6 months or more last year. I noticed that I had more clarity, was able to better regulate my emotions, and became more focused on my own goals. Now that I’m using it again I want to stick to about 30 mins a day, but I’m still working on creating a routine that will work for me.
2. Change The Way You Talk To Yourself
Have you ever stopped and listened to the words you say to yourself each day? When something doesn’t go right, or when something good happens, what do you hear? How do you respond to yourself? A daily habit that you could start working on for a healthy mindset is your self-talk.
You have to start becoming aware of how you communicate with yourself. The truth of the matter is, if many of us talked to others how we talk to ourselves, we would be hurting feelings left and right. This is not a good habit to have, but unfortunately it is all many of us have been unconsciously trained to do.
So, if you wouldn’t talk to your friend negatively then why talk to yourself that way?
Tip: When you make a mistake, stop, pay attention to your thoughts and respond in a kind and loving manner. A way that allows you to settle your spirit and keep it moving.
3. Transform Negative Self-Talk Into Positive Self-Talk
This is connected to what was mentioned above. Along with changing how you talk to yourself; you should learn to redirect it as well, as much as you can. It will be a process, so please don’t get frustrated if you have difficulty in the beginning.
There are numerous reasons why we talk to ourselves this way, but the main one is that we often have trouble seeing the positivity in the present moment after an undesired event has happened. Let’s say you didn’t do something correctly. Maybe it was a school assignment, or a project at work.
Instead of saying “I’m so stupid. I can’t do anything right” say something like “It’s okay. I didn’t have the knowledge to do my best on this, but now I am aware of my mistakes. I can do better next time.”
You have to remember that by repeatedly utilizing unkind words towards yourself, you create a pattern, which unconsciously creates a negative self-image. It doesn’t matter how many positive affirmations you recite, if your standard way of communicating with yourself throughout the day is not in alignment with what you’re affirming, you may run into some difficulty.
4. Turn Failures Into Lessons
Yes, there could be bumps in the road. You could experience events or people that seem to hinder your growth. But dwelling on these things won’t get you where you want to go. Instead, see this as a learning opportunity and apply what you’ve learned in the future. This will help you view “failure” in a different light as well as help you move on from it.
Remember This: No failure makes YOU a failure. Don’t let one bump in the road dictate the rest of your future.
5. Journal Or Brain Dump
Journaling is a great way to release your thoughts. Not only does it boost memory and comprehension, but it also increases working memory capacity, which may reflect improved cognitive processing. Journaling is also a great way to boost your mood when you’re feeling down.
Brain Dumping is essentially the same thing. When you brain dump you are writing how you feel on the page with no filter or prompt to guide you. Think of it as venting. By writing your emotions, you can track your triggers and improve on emotional intelligence. You will become more aware of how you feel and how things make you feel.
Having a healthy mindset is extremely important to your overall health and personal development. It helps increase resilience and allows you to become more capable of handling things that would normally cause you to struggle.
If you’re reading this then you most likely are already aware of the state of your current mindset. That’s good! You’re taking the necessary steps to better yourself. You may not recognize it, but you’re well on your way to creating a beneficial daily habit. Habits form from repetition of the little things that we do each day.
See it through. You’ll reap the benefits of your work and will be proud of the time you put into helping yourself. A great thing to remind yourself as you go through this journey is this: A habit often takes 30 days to form. Read that again. In 30 days, you could be looking at a whole new you.
At the end of the day, just be good to you.
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