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Written by Claire Bennett – Mental Health Practitioner
Positive mental attitude has been banded around when talking about mindset for many, many years now. But does it still hold its value in terms of mindset? I absolutely think that it does; to quote Stephen Covey “whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve”.
However, it takes time and effort to manage our mindset to create a positive outcome. The average person has anything from 6 – 60,000 thoughts a day. Some research suggests that on average 80% of those thoughts are negative. So, focusing on not having negative thoughts would be extremely difficult and unrealistic.
The alternative is to change the ratio to have an impact on our thought patterns. It is believed that a ratio of 3:1 can help to create that positive mindset. So, for every 1 negative thought we experience, we need to find 3 positive thoughts to counteract the negative impact on our mindset. For many, this approach feels like a far more realistic habit to form.
Having a more positive outlook is one of the key ways to lower our levels of vulnerability to stress. We all have a different level of vulnerability to how much stress we can cope with before it has a detrimental impact on our overall health. What is encouraging is that we can improve our levels of vulnerability meaning increasing our resilience.
Here are 5 top tips to consider if you are looking at improving your mindset and increase your resilience:
Mindset is important to our overall health; spending a bit of time creating positive habits can make a huge difference to your mental, physical and social wellbeing.