The potential of a new year can bring stress and anxiety for some. Between trying to keep up with resolutions and decompressing from the busy holidays, it can be easy to become overwhelmed with the possibilities the year could bring. United Career Institute is here to offer you seven helpful tips for maintaining a positive mindset during times of stress. Keep reading to discover our suggestions to help you prepare for a great 2024.
1. Focus On The Good
It can go without saying that to have a positive mindset, you should focus on seeing the good in your life. The famous saying, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” is a great way of looking at tough situations. For example, let’s say you feel overwhelmed with your school load. Reminding yourself that your education is a stepping stone to your dream career can help you look at the bigger picture and remain positive during a stressful time.
2. Take A Breather
Taking a moment to center yourself when you feel overwhelmed can help avoid getting into a bad headspace. Many breathing techniques can be done anywhere when you are feeling stressed. If you need a more thorough approach, participating in guided meditation can help you clear your mind and reduce stress.
3. Surround Yourself With Positive Influences
Being around positive people will help you also be more positive. Likewise, being around people with a negative outlook can hinder your ability to see the good in things. Surrounding yourself with people who motivate you, make you happy, and share similar goals can influence you to be the best version of yourself.
4. Practice Positive Self-Speech
A crucial part of having a positive mindset is being kind to yourself. Practicing positive self-speech is a great way to change how you view yourself and the world around you. Start by looking in the mirror and saying positive affirmations such as, “I believe in myself,” which can set you up to feel confident and have a good outlook on life. For more ideas on self-affirmations, check out this article from BetterUp.
5. Develop A Morning Routine
Having a positive morning routine is the secret to having a great day every day. Developing a morning routine can help you be more productive and get into a constructive headspace. Some things you can incorporate into your morning routine include waking up earlier, not snoozing your alarm clock, drinking a glass of water, exercising, having a good breakfast, or reading. Putting these things into practice can help you improve your mornings, thus improving your entire day.
6. Start A Journal
Writing down your thoughts throughout the day, especially at night, can help clear your mind and alleviate stress. Doing a nightly brain dump allows you to get everything on your mind onto paper where you can visualize and plan for it. Journaling at night can also help you fall asleep faster, leaving you feeling more rested and ready to take on the next day.
7. Say No
Another helpful tip is to remember that it is okay to say no to things that add unnecessary stress to your life. For example, if you put off doing school work to hang out with your friends, you will add extra stress to your life later on. Instead, saying no and focusing on what is necessary can empower you and help you avoid stress in the long run.
Make 2024 Your Year!
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