Sometimes my mind needs a hard reset. I recently burnt myself out by working too much and quickly found myself feeling sick, uninspired and unmotivated. All I wanted to do was lay in bed and stare at the ceiling. I felt like everything in life was kind of sucking and my attitude was negative. Here are some things you can do when you need to reset your mindset and get back to your most kick-ass self.
Write a Gratitude List
I’m obsessed with writing gratitude lists. When I’m functioning at my best I write them at least twice a day (in the morning when I wake up and at night before bed). It’s really helped me train my brain to look for the positive situations in life and it’s made me feel more positive about life overall. If you’re feeling discouraged for like nothing is going right take a few minutes and write about everything in your life that you are thankful for. At the end of the day, we all have huge blessings and it’s helpful to give ourselves a reminder and not take them for granted. We take tons of stuff for granted all the time. Taking a few minutes to feel thankful for everything you have can help boost your mood immediately. Spend time thinking about everyone in your life that you love. Try to feel gratitude and thanks throughout your entire body and visualize that you are able to radiate love from your body out to your loved ones. Make a gratitude list and write out everything you have in life that you are thankful for. Remembering all the blessings we have can help us develop a positive mindset and feel better in the present moment.
Listen to a Guided Meditation
I’m kind of bad at meditating (although I’m getting better!) You can see my favorite guided meditations here. I find that listening to guided meditations is a lot less intimidating than trying to sit in silence. My brain is overactive and I feel like it’s always going and going. Trying to control my thoughts can seem like an intimidating task but the guided meditations give me something to focus on. I am hoping to work up to being able to do silent meditation but for now, I’m going to stick with the guided ones. Meditation is great if you’re feeling out of balance and need a quick way to reset your mindset. The benefits of meditation are huge and I highly recommend it if you’re struggling with mental health. You can find all my favorite guided meditations here. If you have a lot on your mind try meditating to relax and quite your thoughts. It’s a great way to give yourself a break during an emotional or stressful time. If you’ve never done it before try doing just two minutes at a time. I used to be really bad at meditating and found it really overwhelming to try and clear my mind. Setting a timer for a short amount of time really helped me. I do two-minute meditations all throughout the day and then a guided meditation before I go to sleep.
This is a huge one for me, without exercise my mindset falls apart. I typically go to the gym about five days a week but this past week I’ve had a head cold so I’ve been skipping it. I can tell a difference in my mindset right away. All of the warning signs for depression are creeping in and I knew I needed to move my body to reset my mindset. I did some easy yoga videos on YouTube (I love this one that you can do in bed!) and it really helped me get my mood back up. If you’re feeling depressed or anxious try to challenge yourself to just do a little bit more moving around. A full-blown workout might feel like too much but you can try just taking a nice walk or doing some stretching.
Talk to a Friend
This is one of my favorite ways to change my mindset. Sometimes I will lay around and get wayyyyy too in my head. Talking to my friends helps me keep perspective on what I’m thinking about and challenges some of the thoughts I have that I let run wild in my brain. Plus my friends are really funny so talking to them always boosts my mood. Having some laughs always helps me reset my mindset. If you don’t have a friend to talk to about what’s going on in your life (or if you’re friends give terrible advice) it might be time to look into getting a therapist. If you find that your mood just won’t lift no matter how hard you try I definitely recommend going and talking to a professional that is trained to help you.
Read a Book or Listen to a Podcast
I love learning new information and I’m obsessed with all things self-help. You can check out my favorite books for depression and anxiety and I also have a post of my favorite podcasts for mental health. Listening to Podcasts gives my brain something to do besides worry and it can be a great way to break the cycle of doom and worry my mind gets into sometimes. Finding something that you find really interesting and engaging can distract your mind from being so negative and help you reset your mindset. There are so many great free podcasts online and I recently discovered an app called Scribd that lets you listen to unlimited ebooks for $8.99 per month (try it free for 30 days here). For someone that spends hundreds of dollars on audiobooks and ebooks every month, this is a game changer. You can find my personal development book recommendations here.
I recently did a mental spring cleaning session and it was great. Get rid of everyone on social media that doesn’t bring joy into your life or take a break from social media altogether. I have a whole podcast episode about social media and mental health you can check out here. I also recently did a deep clean of my bedroom and it helped me shift back into a more productive mindset. I often work at a desk in my bedroom at night but the room had gotten cluttered and dirty. I moved all the furniture, vacuumed under the bed and got rid of everything I had in the room that I wasn’t using. It really helped me shift back into a positive mindset and made the room feel so much better. A detox of your digital and physical space and help you reset your mindset fast!
Use your senses to anchor yourself in the present moment. A lot of anxiety and depression develop because we are dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. You can use sound, smell, taste, and touch to anchor yourself in the present moment. Spend a few moments noticing the smells that are all around you. What sounds do you hear right now? We spend so much time on autopilot that we often tune out our senses. Calling attention to them can bring you back to the present moment and provide relief when you’re feeling bad.
Go On a Trip
When I really need to change my mindset fast nothing does it like traveling. Going somewhere you’ve never been before is great for a fresh perspective. There is something great about getting out of your routine and going to a brand new place. If you’re really feeling stuck and like you need a new start plan a trip to somewhere you haven’t been before. I’ve done lots of big camping trips and solo traveling when I’ve felt like I needed a mindset reset. I would challenge you to go on a trip and get out of your comfort zone. If you can’t go on a big trip plan a weekend trip somewhere by yourself or just go somewhere new.
Give It Up
Whenever I feel like I need to change my mindset fast I try to give up any habits that are holding me back. Right now I am in the process of giving up alcohol and Netflix. I recognized that both of those habits were getting in the way of being as productive as I would like to be. This is only my first month going without both but I already notice a huge difference in how I feel and what I am getting done. Try and identify the habits that you are doing on a daily basis that are having a negative impact on your mindset and challenge yourself to give them up for a period of time. I like to do 30-day challenges when I am trying to start new habits. 30 days feels like a doable amount of time to me and it is long enough that I can usually see good results. Once I am able to see the difference it is usually easy to stick to it most of the time because I know how much better I feel.
I hope this post gives you some ideas to help you change your mindset. These are the main things I do when I notice I am not feeling as positive as I usually do. My mindset is so important to me and I definitly notice a huge difference in my mental health when I’m feeling negative or just down. I spent a lot of time trying to keep myself in a positive and happy mindset and it really helps me manage my depression and overall wellbeing.
I am not a licensed therapist or mental health professional. If you are suffering from a major disorder and need treatment please seek the help of a professional. If you need help finding a mental health care provider call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or visit BetterHelp to talk to a certified therapist online at an affordable price. You can download a free printable list of hotlines here and join the free mental health support group on Facebook here. This post contains affiliate links, you can read my full disclosure policy here.
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