Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Positive Mind Set! You got this!

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It's been awhile since I posted on my blog. I've been feeling unmotivated to blog for awhile now and have been wanting to write about something that I deeply care about. Of course, I'm always a fashion enthusiast and always looking for the best trends and deals, but I wanted my blog to be more than that especially during the epidemic of the Coronavirus forcing us to quarantine and stay at home, I wanted to share some of the ways that I have been coping and how important it is to keep a positive mind set. This may seem extremely difficult right now since there is so much fear and anxiety of the unknown. The news and social media doesn't help the situation either.  Here are 5 tips that have helped me stay positive during this difficult time and I hope that it helps you cope during this time of uncertainty.

1. Try to find the positive in every situation and silver lining in everything you do. 

Trust me this is extremely hard right now, but you have to train your mind and choose to be happy and finding things you are happy about.  When I wake up in the morning, I try to think of something positive to get me through the day. For example, I'm healthy and I'm alive. I have a roof over my head and my boys are healthy. I know it's not ideal that school is closed, but I am using this time to connect with my boys and enjoy this time of slowing down and not having to rush to the next thing. I also suggest writing 5 things you are grateful for everyday and post it on your mirror or on a sticky note so that when you are frustrated you can read it remind you how lucky you are to be alive and healthy.

2. Surround yourself with positive and like minded people. 

Without the support of my family and friends, life will be extremely hard. I like to surround myself with people who are uplifting and who support and inspire me. Social media can also be a great platform for you to connect with likeminded people. I love this quote from Jen Sincero's book, You are a Badass Every Day: "Whatever we've got on repeat becomes our "reality" -what we look at every day, our thoughts, what we read, listen to, talk about, tell ourselves, etc.  This "repetition is reality concept is the reason that repeating affirmations is so effective, why looking at your vision board over and over is so powerful; why hanging out with kick-ass people who talk about kick-assery is so important. Take a stock of what you've got on auto-loop, and upgrade anything that's not supporting you in your quest for greatness."

3. Meditate, Mediate, Mediate

I'm going to be honest with mediation, I was very skeptical at first, but the more you practice meditating the better you become with controlling your thoughts. Mediation can sound daunting and a challenge to many especially if you are like me who is always on the go and whose mind is always racing a mile a minute and juggling and thinking about what to do next. Mediation helps slow down your mind and reset. Mediation can simply be just breathing. When I was going through therapy, my therapist suggested the 1, 4, 2 breathing technique which is inhale for one count, hold you breath for 4 counts and exhale for 2 counts. This breathing technique works wonders. I also suggest using Mediation apps and YouTube videos that can help guide you through mediation. In Sincero's book, she refers to imagine "smelling the rose". "When you smell a rose, you inhale all the way down to the bottom of your feet, you close your eyes, you're focused on the moment, you relish the breath, you fully expand." Remember to smell the roses as often as you can.

4. Take some "me" time to do something you absolutely love.

What does it mean during this quarantine time? It means take that long bath that you've been wanting to do. Pamper yourself with things that you love. Reality TV, binge watching NetFlix or starting that hobby or trying that recipe that you've been wanting to try. The possibilities are endless. Only you know what YOU love and now is the time to take advantage of that.

5. Keep a Journal of Gratitude and Positive Affirmations 

Journaling can be such a great way to write down your feelings and any anxiety that you are going through. When I was going through therapy, my therapist highly suggested that I wrote down 5 things I am grateful for each morning and before I went to bed. It can simply be "I am grateful to breathe. I am grateful to wake up today. I am grateful for my family/dog/friend etc. Writing down these positive gratification will instantly help increase your mood.

Positive affirmations also will help you stay positive. The more you read it the more it becomes your reality and truth. Here are some positive affirmations that help me that I found in Sincero's book that has helped me:

"I deserve and expect good things."

"If you run from your fears, they will follow you. If you run straight at your fears, they will get the hell out of the way. Fears hate when you do that."

"You are beautiful."

"When you stand up for yourself, you give everyone the opportunity to grow taller too. "

I hope you find these tips helpful and if you have any other tips that help you stay positive. I would love to hear them. I also highly recommend reading positive and motivational books. I love Wayne Dyer and Jen Sincero's book. I will link some below that you can read to help you stay positive. Remember, everything is temporary and together we shall get through this. Thanks for stopping by and I hope to start blogging more frequently now that school is cancelled until further notice. Stay safe, healthy, and strong! Xo


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