Hello and welcome to #WellbeingWednesday The A-Z of Wellbeing. Today we are on H focusing on helpful habits to improve your mindset. Click the above link to recap other posts in this series and remember to sign up for Wellbeing Wishes emails.
We have touched on mindset in a few posts and looked at why it is so important to your personal development. Changing your mindset takes time and work. There’s no magic that will let you do it overnight. However there are some helpful habits you can adopt, that will make the process easier and take less time.
Here are 5 powerful habits for you to get practising.
Create a Morning Ritual
Including helpful habits at the start of the day can set you up for success! What makes you feel best in the mornings? Maybe it’s journaling over a cup of coffee or going for a morning run. Maybe it is taking a few minutes to meditate or stretch before you get in the shower. It might even be something as simple as making your bed before you leave for work. Figure out a ritual that works for you and prioritize doing it every day.
Get Into The Habit of Reflecting on Your Day
Every night before you go to bed, take a moment to reflect on your day. What went right? What went wrong? Did you get done what you wanted to do? Why or why not? What can you do to make sure tomorrow goes well?
Before bed, take 5 minutes to reflect on something unfavourable that happened in your day. Replay the scene in your mind, then replay the scene again but this time replay it how you wanted it to go. Make changes to the scene that are favourable to you and replay your revised scene on a loop over and over.
Take the time to do this daily and you will feel so much calmer about the situation.
Practice gratitude daily
Find at least one thing you can be grateful for every day. No matter how bad things might be going, you have some good things in life you can be grateful for. Stop and be thankful for them every day. This only takes a few seconds and can be done any time of the day.
Make the time to focus on what you have got rather than what you haven’t got. Practicing this habit each day will help you to put things into perspective. We are very quick to focus on what we lack as opposed to all that we have in life.
Helpful Habit 4- Always be working towards a goal
Big or small, it doesn’t matter. The important thing is that you always have a goal you’re striving for that makes you stretch and challenge yourself. When you reach one goal, move on to another. Break big goals down into subgoals that will help you see quick progress.
Use prompts to write a journal entry about your mindset 2-3 times a week. Or free write and see what comes out. This helpful habit is a great way to mind dump and let out all your thoughts. You don’t need a fancy journal; a pen and a sheet of paper or a notebook are all you need.
Again, none of these habits are magic. They won’t change your mindset overnight. What they will do is support you and help you along on your journey. They will motivate you to keep going when things get tough and to feel your best. That will help you cultivate your growth mindset. It may not be magic, but it’s helpful!