Learn how to use your strengths to feel grounded and happier.
How are grounding and positive psychology interrelated?
Basically, grounding and positive psychology can work together to promote mental and emotional health and well-being.
At their core, grounding techniques bring us back to the present moment and reduce anxious feelings. But, did you know positive psychology tools that focus on character strengths can help cultivate a healthy, positive mindset and build resilience?
Unquestionably, we are living in a world where we are surrounded by doom and gloom and negativity. And the majority of people walk around with a negative self-image of themselves, constantly trying to improve something. Quite, often, we are our worst critic and we an bring about stress and anxiety just be unconsciously repeating negative self-talk.
Generally speaking, most of us run on autopilot every day from the moment we wake up to bedtime.
All day, we rush from task to task, sometimes methodically when we know what needs to get done, or we haphazardly make our way through chaos resulting in stress. In society, impatience has become an epidemic. When things don’t happen instantly or if something throws you off unexpectedly, we lose our sh*t. You know, that extra five minutes in the checkout line at the grocery store, or when someone cuts you off on the highway. As a result, stress builds and reaches a boiling point inside us, and it can make us feel unbalanced, scattered and even very sick at all levels.
Well, practicing mindfulness is one way that can help us develop a sense of awareness of situations and a healthier response to them.
Specifically, it involves paying attention to what’s happening in the present moment with curiosity and without judgment. Just noticing what is. And when you do this, you ground yourself in the here and now, and stress melts away.
The way to begin cultivating a habit of mindfulness is to set aside a few minutes daily to just sit quietly and notice your breath, without judgment. When you do this, simply notice your surroundings. For example, you might hear a clock ticking or you might tune into how your body feels. Over time, mindfulness will become a practice that trains your mind to pause before reacting. Eventually, things that would normally set you off will matter much less.
Scientifically speaking, studies have shown that practicing gratitude can increase feelings of happiness and well-being.
Try keeping a gratitude journal where you write down three things you’re grateful for each day. Or simply say them out loud to yourself when you’re getting ready in the morning, or at bedtime. If you need a little inspiration to get started, sign up for my newsletter and receive your free 5 minute daily journal instantly to download when you sign up!
Use positive affirmations
Wouldn’t you agree that it’s time to flip the negative self-talk?
It’s time to ditch old beliefs and past traumas.
But I get it, it’s definitely not easy to do when we’ve gone through life telling ourselves the same stories every day. Did you know that 90% of our thoughts are the same ones that we have every day? And if those thoughts are not serving your higher good, the time to change them is now.
Over time, repeating positive statements to yourself can shift your mindset and promote feelings of self-confidence and optimism. Try repeating a few simple statements to yourself daily, like “I am capable,” “I am worthy,” or “I am enough.” And when a negative thought enters your mind, make a conscious effort to instantly change it to a positive affirmation.
Engage in physical activity
Of course, we know that physical activity is good for us.
But exercise is also great for improving our mood and mindset.
Specifically, daily physical activity releases endorphins and good hormones, which can boost your mood. And any kind of physical activity practiced on a daily basis will give you great benefits. For example, it could be as simple as going for a walk or a run. The activity itself grounds you in the present moment and your mindset is naturally able to shift into a positive state.
The daily effort to get active is worth the results for both the mind and body!
Connect with others
After a tough couple of years of feeling disconnected and isolated from others, our collective mental and emotional well-being as as a society has suffered.
Undeniably, it is human nature to want to be surrounded and connected with others, to be part of a tribe: friends, family, co-workers or any group of people where you share something in common.
Without a doubt, the past couple of years have taught us that social support is a key factor in promoting mental health and well-being.
The key to remember is that if you’re feeling alone, you can change the situation. Try reaching out to friends or family members, joining a social group or club, or volunteering for a cause that you care about.
And if you have relationships that are weighing you down, positive psychology tools can help you regain your sense of balance and well-being too. Contact me to explore how positive psychology tools can help improve your life for the better.
To summarize, grounding and positive psychology can definitely help to improve mental health, emotional and physical well-being. By incorporating these tips into your daily routine, you can cultivate a more positive mindset, build resilience and feel more grounded and centered in your life.
Book a free discovery call with me to learn more about powerful positive psychology and grounding tools which can help re-frame and transform your life circumstances, or purchase a copy of my book, The Little Book of Grounding, to get started on your healing journey today.