Positive Vibes, Positive Mind: 5 Ways to Maintain Positivity


Positive Vibes, Positive Mind: 5 Ways to Maintain Positivity

Living in Malaysia, it is becoming increasingly difficult to remain in a state of positivity and calmness. Everyday we find ourselves caught in heavy traffic that eats up half of our lifetime and more often than not we encounter rude and impatient people. These factors don’t contribute in aiding our journey to a stable and healthy mental state but instead it reinstates how difficult it is for us to find inner peace and inner joy.

However, while environmental factors are going against our mantra, it is not an impossible task. Not only will it strengthen your ability to withstand stress and pressure but positive vibes emanates and is almost always contagious.

Here are 5 things you can practice to maintain an everyday positivity:

1. Meditate for 10 minutes everyday
While meditation may sound intimidating or has a stigma attached to it for being religious, think again. Meditation does not have to be about chants but it is instead a practice of quieting one’s mind and being in stillness. It helps you to find your balance in life and to reflect and be aware of the present moment – something many of us city-dwellers fail to do. It is a great way to begin your day and it will only take 5-10 minutes of your time. All you need to do is close your eyes, relax and breathe!

2. Eat healthily
Diet fads and juice cleanses may seem enticing to a healthier body but what works for one may not work for another. Find your balance to a healthy diet that your body is happy with and always remember to eat food that is not processed or heavily greased up like a weightlifting champion. Food made pure is always energizing to the body and balances your stress hormones. So, eat right and eat well to a better and healthier you.

3. Surround yourself with positive vibes
Who you surround yourself with plays a huge role in the way you think. If you surround yourself with negative people, it is only likely that you become depressed and upset too. Positivity is contagious and people enjoy the company of those who have a brighter outlook in life. Be that person who sees the grass as greener on their side and find people who share the same understanding as you are.

4. Read books about philosophy
We can learn a thing or two about life and happiness from philosophers and if Socrates is not your cuppa tea, try modern philosophers who touch on topics about things that are more relatable. Draw your inspirations from them and pick up your favorite quote and remind yourself everyday. We recommend reading Michael Folley’s The Age of Absurdity: Why Modern Life Makes it Hard to Be Happy.

5. Breathe right
To remain that calm and positive disposition comes from the basic fundamentals of breathing right. Take deep breaths and long exhales and find your muscles relaxing. It doesn’t take any effort (you gotta breathe, right?) and it is obviously free so, why not do it just a little bit more consciously and find yourself feeling a little livelier and happier.

Don’t limit yourself to be cornered by our environment to be unhappy about life but instead find joy in your present moment and learn to counter it with some easy techniques to a healthier and happier you. Positivity is not a given personality but it is a choice everyone should make for themselves.

Image: by Nikos Koutoulas

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