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Positive Thinking Within the Workplace: Richard Reid from Pinnacle

Friday 7 May in Business

The last year has been challenging in a number of ways above and beyond the normal challenges in life.

Whilst Positive thinking is not a sliver bullet to life’s problems, it may help to make your problems seem more manageable and provide you with more constructive outcomes.

Here are some tips to train your brain how to think more positively.

Focus on the silver linings.

Challenging situations and obstacles are a part of life. Focus on the good things no matter how small or seemingly insignificant they seem. For example, if someone cancels plans, focus on how it frees up time for you to catch up on a TV show or other activity you enjoy.

Rehearse gratitude.

Rehearsing gratitude has been shown to reduce stress, improve self-esteem, and build resilience even in very difficult times. Think about people, moments, or things that bring you some kind of comfort or happiness and try to express your gratitude at least once a day. This could be as simple as thanking a co-worker for helping with a project, a loved one for washing the dishes, or your dog for the unconditional love that they give you.

Keep a gratitude journal.

Research shows that writing down the things which you are grateful for can improve your optimism and sense of well-being. You can do this by writing in a gratitude journal every day or intentionally scribbling down a list of things you are grateful for on days when you are having a hard time.

Open yourself up to humour

Studies have found that laughter lowers stress, anxiety, and depression. It also improves coping skills, mood, and self-esteem.

Be open to humour in all situations, especially the difficult ones, and give yourself permission to laugh. It instantly lightens the mood and makes things seem a little less difficult. Even if you are not feeling it; pretending or forcing yourself to laugh can improve your mood and lower stress.

Spend time with positive people.

Negativity and positivity have been shown to be contagious. Consider the people with whom you are spending time. Have you noticed how someone in a bad mood can bring down almost everyone in a room? A positive person has the opposite effect on others.

Being around positive people has been shown to improve self-esteem and increase your chances of reaching goals. Surround yourself with people who will lift you up and help you see the bright side.

Practice positive self-talk

We tend to be the hardest on ourselves and be our own worst critic. Over time, this can cause you to form a negative opinion of yourself that can be hard to shake. To stop this, you’ll need to be mindful of the voice in your head and respond with positive messages, also known as positive self-talk or self-compassion.

Research shows that even a small shift in the way that you talk to yourself can influence your ability to regulate your feelings, thoughts, and behaviour under stress. Ask yourself the question; “How would I speak to a friend or a loved one if they were in my shoes?”

Start every day on a positive note.

Create a ritual in which you start off each day with something uplifting and positive. Here are a few ideas:

You may not be able to undo years of pessimism and negative thoughts overnight, but with some practice, you can learn how to approach things with a more positive outlook.

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