The Negative Attitude Detox - Change Your Perspective in 10 Days
Are you ready for a little more positivity? Are you looking to flip your perspective?
You’ve come to the right place. Plus, recognizing you need a change is the first step in becoming that change. Yes, you can!
And there’s even a bonus to all of this: Positivity is contagious - meaning by becoming more positive, you won’t just reap the benefits. You’ll also influence the people around you.
In just 10 days, you’ll learn positive thinking strategies, stress management tips, and much more. Get ready to transform, evolve, and breakthrough that negative funk. Nothing can hold you back.
Here’s Your Negative Attitude Detox!
Day 1: Do a Brain Dump
Negativity builds. And if you don’t have an outlet to let it all out, it can manifest in the worst ways. Ultimately, you might become a bit of a grouch. You don’t like it. Other people don’t like it. And it’s really not doing you - or anyone else for that matter - any good.
Enter: The Brain Dump. It sounds kind of ‘ugh,’ and it sort of is. But you’ll feel oh-so-good after it’s all said and done. Think of it like a nice cleanse for your mind. Here’s how you do it:
Step 1: Grab a piece of paper and a pen or a pencil.
Step 2: Set a timer for 5-15 minutes - whatever you have time for.
Step 3: Write down everything and anything that comes to mind - good or bad.
Step 4: Stop once your timer goes off.
Although this activity is for Day 1, you’ll be doing this every day for the next 10 days. Get used to it. Start using it. It’ll help rid yourself of unhelpful negative energy and thoughts. It can also help you sort out your thoughts - why are you feeling the way you feel? Get to the bottom of it!
Day 2: Drop ‘I Should’
Society enforces expectations of what you should and shouldn’t be doing. Your family and friends reinforce this. But what do you want? What do you really desire out of your life?
Today, watch out for and catch yourself getting caught in the ‘should.’ It limits your perspective and your potential. When you feel you should be doing this or should be doing that with your life, stop for a moment. Do you want it? If not, re-evaluate. Your happiness depends on it. And you won’t find your happy by following others’ expectations or doing only what you think you should be doing.
On top of this, thinking in terms of ‘should’ leads to a lot of disappointment. Everyone does life differently. Quit comparing yourself. Your life is yours - not theirs.
Day 3: Find A Positive Side Today
It doesn’t have to be big. It doesn’t have to be world-changing. But notice the positive today.
Emphasize it. Take that negative perspective and feed it a little more positivity than it’s used to. Through this exercise, you’ll become more mindful. You’ll be able to catch yourself in that negative loop - and be able to hop out of it.
Your Goal: Recognize when you’re becoming negative. Flip your perspective by finding a positive aspect - a silver lining. They always exist. You just have to find ‘em!
Day 4: Picture Yourself in Someone Else’s Shoes
The reason for so much miscommunication in the world comes down to not understanding another’s perspective.
Maybe you always look at your co-worker in a negative light. You think they’ve been so lazy the last week. They didn’t get that project back to you. They always do this. But you never know the full picture. Maybe they just lost a loved one. Maybe they’re in the midst of a breakup. Maybe they suffer from debilitating back pain that constantly distracts them and hinders their work ethic.
You just never know. Here’s another scenario. You’re meeting your friend for lunch. They are 20 minutes late. You’re mad. You’ve been waiting. It’s rude. Yet, maybe their perspective is different. Maybe they’ve been stuck in traffic for the last 10 minutes or got stuck in a meeting with their boss they couldn’t leave.
Think outside of yourself today. There are different perspectives. Know this and try to find them. It’s a great life skill to learn.
Day 5: Stop Complaining, Start Appreciating!
Your challenge: No complaints allowed. Only gratitude is the attitude today.
Like anything, start simple with this concept. It’s easier to implement if you do this with intention. So, take 5 minutes. Write down 5 things you’re grateful for. It can be anything and everything. Do this little exercise at the beginning of your day, then take the concept with you throughout the rest of your day.
What are you grateful for?
It’s time to start appreciating the life you have as opposed to focusing on what you don’t have. And research even shows that you’ll become more satisfied with your life - and thus, happier!
Day 6: Move More!
We’re serious. The human body needs movement to thrive.
Thus, your day 6 challenge is to perform 1 workout. It can be 10 minutes. It can be 60 minutes. Exercise is scientifically proven to improve your mood (what’s up, endorphins!?).
A little bit of movement can help you gain mental clarity and decrease your stress levels. What have you got to lose?
And if you want to go that extra mile… Consider starting a regular workout schedule. There’s a reason everyone talks about it as much as they do. It’s incredibly good for you and your overall health.
Day 7: Do Something For Someone Else
Get on that helper’s high. Giving boosts the reward centres in the brain - and it releases endorphins - which means you feel good.
It doesn’t have to be a big gesture. It can be small, such as bringing an extra cookie to work for your co-worker or holding the door for someone else. Find at least 1 thing you can do to help someone else. Do it with no intention of getting anything back. This is your goal today.
Day 8: Smile
Fake it ‘til you make it. When you’re in a funk, the last thing that feels natural is smiling. And okay, it’s awkward and you feel like a total phony. But smiling actually makes you happier.
You smile when you’re happy. You frown when you’re sad. But it can work the other way too. Smile to become happier. It’s okay to force it every now and again. Sometimes, you just gotta smile through it! Try this out today. Feel your mood lift.
Day 9: Say Nice Things to Yourself
You are your best friend. You absolutely need to be nicer to yourself. And yes, everyone does this. You might talk down to yourself. Convince yourself you aren’t worth it. Tell yourself that you look awful today or you aren’t capable. That ends - right here and right now.
Today, you start loving yourself a little more. Tell yourself how great you are. Compliment yourself. No negative self-talk allowed! You are beautiful. You are worth it.
Not sure where to start with this one? Affirmations can help a ton! Try these ones out for size:
- “I am beautiful, strong, and confident.”
- “I am worth it.”
- “I deserve happiness.”
- “I am worthy of love.”
Day 10: Say Nice Things to Others
You practiced with yourself. Now, bring that positivity outward. If you like your friend’s hair today, tell her! Do you like that stranger’s workout top in your fitness class? Let them know. Spread those good vibes around. Give out those compliments or phrase. Appreciate those around you. Bring it all together here!
Turn That Frown Upside Down!
Smile more. Find healthy outlets for your negative emotions. Become more positive. Be nice to yourself and others. The world needs a little more positivity. And you’ve got it in you. It’s your time to shine. Give the 10-day detox a try. Watch your perspective and mindset transform. Become a better version of you. It is possible. You just have to try.
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