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8 Exercises to Train Yourself to Stay Positive

Posted by on April 24, 2015 in Conscious Living, Happiness & Humor, Thrive with 0 Comments

Mark DeNicola | Collective Evolution

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There is a lot of power to be had in positivity, yet many of us seem to love dwelling in the negative. We focus on what’s bothering us, what we wish we had, and how there is seemingly nothing we can do to change our circumstances.


Well here’s the good news: there is always something we can do. The challenging thing is that it’s up to us to find the motivation, strength, and faith (or anything else required) to do it. I truly believe that change starts within, and I need look no further than my own life to see concrete examples of how internal changes are the necessary starting point for both internal and external improvements.

Here are 8 simple (and sometimes commonsensical) exercises that can help you get out of a rut and stay on the positive side of the spectrum:

1. Meditate/ Quiet Your Mind Daily

I know that meditation gets thrown around a lot these days, but I swear it’s for a good reason. I added “Quiet Your Mind” to this exercise because that is the element of meditation that I personally feel is particularly important. We live in a world obsessed with distraction, so much so that many of us often freak out in anxiety or boredom within minutes of having any quiet time to ourselves.

It may seem scary or boring at first, but the more you practice it, the more likely you are to enjoy and even look forward to meditation. I find that through meditation you can assert control over your mind and the incessant thoughts that constantly demand your attention – you run the show here, not your thoughts – ultimately allowing you to dictate whether you operate in a positive frame of mind of not.

Related CE Post: Meditation For People Who Don’t Meditate (A Simple Guide)

2. Get Enough Sleep

It’s hard to imagine classifying sleep as an exercise, but I’m pretty sure for all of us it’s the one that is mentally the easiest to commit to, yet many of us still struggle to value it. It’s while we sleep that our body rejuvenates and re-energizes itself from the trials and tribulations of the previous day. Without adequate rest it’s hard to imagine your body and mind will have much gusto to look at things as the glass half full.

The amount of sleep that we require is certainly arguable, but the best gauge is to observe your own body. Try different sleep patterns and amounts and see which cycle your body responds to best. Our busy lives may make getting enough sleep difficult to do at times, but it may just require being the “uncool” kid who calls it a night earlier than the rest, to make sure tomorrow isn’t a negative write-off.

Related CE Post: Alternative Sleep Cycles: 7-10 Hours Are Not Needed

3. Try Out Some Positive Affirmations

Believe me, I was – and at times still can be – as skeptical as anyone when it comes to the idea of saying positive affirmations, but I have to admit that in many instances they really have helped. Positive affirmations can take many forms, but in general they are the proclaiming of positive, good, or empowering thoughts to remind yourself of the better things in life and what you are capable of.

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