Over the course of the month, we’ve chatting about ways to overcome negativity. Today I’d love to share some mindset flips and resources that I use in my own fight, things that help me to persevere and keep moving forward.
However, as you’re going through this, I’d love your feedback and tips you may have. So feel free to chime in the comment box below. I always love to try new things.
Mindset 1: Self-Care
I’ve mentioned before that self-care is super important. Taking the time to invest in our spiritual, physical, and emotional well-being is not selfish or a waste of time. Don’t be afraid to love yourself!
That being said, here are a few things that add pep to my step.
I pre-schedule “Me” time into each week, and it doesn’t have to be much. Most times I paint my nails, or do an at-home facial, or block out a whole day where I read and/or watch movies.
Bonus: none of that cost me any money since I’m using things I already own. But the time spent relaxing and unwinding go a long way in keeping me emotionally balanced.
I refuse to say that I’m dieting because that mindset never works for me. However, I am focusing more on the type of fuel I’m giving my body. By adding in more fruits and veggies, I am empowering my body to be the best it can be.
Again, it’s a mindset flip. I don’t focus on losing weight. Instead, I focus on empowering the vessel God has given me.
When my body’s happy, I’m happy.
Movement and Music
I live in a pretty remote area, so access to gyms or exercise classes aren’t possible (unless I want to drive 90+ minutes round way to use one). But that doesn’t mean I’m without resources. The property we live on is rather large, so I grab my headphones, lace up my runners, and go for a walk.
However, while the extra movement I’m doing is great, the key component here is actually the music. Depending on the day and my mood, the type of music I listen to varies.
If I’m needing a hug from God and a bit of uplifting, I listen to my inspirational playlist. But if I’m already perky and happy? Then I jam out to my happy playlist— which is either music with a great beat or the book playlist for my WIP.
Music can soothe the soul. And I give myself the chance to feel that as often as I can.
Check out my lists on YouTube for a few songs currently on my playlist.
Mindset 2: Power through the Word
I LOVE the Word of God! And I probably can’t express that enough. I receive so much hope, love, and encouragement just from reading the Scriptures.
In addition to my regular prayer time, I add Scripture writing to my day. If you’re unfamiliar with what that is, it’s just taking a few scriptures and handwriting them into your prayer journal.
So when the dark thoughts begin to rare their ugly head, I flipped on the metaphorical light switch using Scripture writing and send those nasty boogers back to their corners.
This mindset is about reaching for the resources at hand and speaking truth over the lies that want to bind us and keep us from persevering.
Mindset 3: Battle Buddies
Oh my goodness, I don’t think I can stress this mindset enough. You are never alone. You are only alone as you allow yourself to be.
There are allies prepared to link arms with you and head into battle. There are friends and/or family members ready to lift you up and brush off the dust.
But we have to be willing to be seen.
Communicating with friends and relatives is not the easiest thing for me. However, I’m starting small and working my way up. Hubby and I have regular date nights, where the phones are put away and we talk. We talk about the easy stuff, the hard stuff, how I feel like a failure at times, and then have a few laughs.
This can also work in reverse as well. YOU could be the one that offers encouragement. Being there for someone else, being their battle buddy, strengthens friendships and also strengthens the inner you.
Sometimes a great mindset flip could be focusing on the needs of a friend/ relative over yourself.
Mindset 4: Purpose
This is a big one—huge. For me, re-centering my mindset to focus on the reason behind why I do what I do, can be just the turnaround I need.
For perseverance to be effective, we have to want to persevere. [click to tweet] Just like anything else in life, if there is no drive, no purpose, then there will be no willpower to get it done.
When things look dark, when we’re feeling battle worn, remember the purpose. Cling to “the why” if you have to.
Since I wear multiple hats in life (I’m a wife, mom, homeschooler, business owner, writer, pastor’s wife, children’s church director…you get the picture) my overall purpose can get a little muddled at times.
So what I did was determine (via prayer) a central theme, or vision, for my life in general. Then the “how”, or application of the vision, got broken down based on the individual life section.
I then plastered my vision everywhere. Well, not literally everywhere, but I am contemplating painting it on the wall. 😉
What are your tips?
That’s my run down of the tips and tricks I use to flip around my mindsets. But I’d love to hear your thoughts.
What are some tools, tips, or resources you use to help you persevere? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
And as always, thanks for stopping in!