Positivity and Mindfulness
What is Positivity?
In this current pandemic, or during times of depression or loss, positivity is something we may all like a bit more of!
Positivity isn’t so much something we are, as something we can choose to do and step into. The Oxford English dictionary defines positivity as: ‘The practice of being or tendency to be positive or optimistic in attitude’.
Much like learning to ride a bike or play an instrument, it’s a practice, something we can grow in and get better at! It can help re-write our brains and overcome negative thinking patterns.
...for there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so...
Here are 7 practical tips to develop a positive mindset:
A short video on the power of positive words:
"…the words we use to describe the events in our life, the experience we’re having, our conditions, our circumstances, the ones we use on a continuing basis, eventually those words become accepted by our subconscious mind as the truth…"
Below is a link to the 'Feeling Good' positive mindset app. Relax your body and mind with a series of audio tracks designed to help you build confidence, energy and a positive mindset.
This programme has been used by the NHS in Edinburgh for the last 12 years to help recovery from stress, anxiety and depression.
Below is an article highlighting five scientific studies into the benefits of positive thinking. These include positive visualisations, happiness makes you successful and positive thoughts lead to a longer life.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a type of mediation that involves being still and aware of what you sense, think and feel in the present moment. It can help us grow in understanding ourselves better. It can involve breathing techniques and other methods to help the mind and body relax.
It has been known to help reduce stress, anxiety, pain, depression, high blood pressure and more!
A self-assessment questionnaire to help you better understand how you've been feeling recently. At the end, it will point you in the right direction for helpful advice and information.
This short video will take you through how to do a mindful breathing exercise.