Today I am kind of straying a little from the ketogenic diet in that I am not posting a food recipe but rather a recipe of 10 ways to enjoy Positive Living. When you make a positive change in your life such as living a ketogenic, Paleo or Mediterranean lifestyle it is important to work hard at being as positive as you can while your making the adjustments often required for such a change from an unhealthy lifestyle to a healthy one.
Your viewpoint on life can affect your physical and mental health as well as your emotions. It can also either raise or lower your blood pressure, cholesterol, and stress levels. If you feel negative about everything, then things usually become more difficult. You can get sick easily, find it difficult to face adversities and hardships in life.
Thinking in a negative light makes it harder for you to enjoy the little things in life. Whether it’s by focusing only on the negative, or by blaming everything that goes wrong only on yourself, making things seem even worse than they actually are, or seeing things in only black and white. If you do one or any of the above, then you’re setting yourself up for failure even before you start. Keep in mind that on the keto diet or even the Paleo diet there will be days when you fail to follow the plan. It is easy to give up but it is just as easy to dust yourself off and get back on course the very meal. I had written “the very next day” but why wait, make it the very next meal.
Anyone can infuse positivity into their lives – Really. The power of positive thinking may seem a bit cliché, but it really does wonders for your self-esteem, overall mood, reduces the risk of chronic diseases and gives you that wonderful feeling that comes with reaching your goals and knowing that YOU are in charge of YOU!
Here are 10 ways to help you approach life with a more positive viewpoint.
1. Turn failures into lessons
Acknowledging that no one is perfect puts things into perspective. You’re going to make mistakes, but instead of focusing on your failure, break down what went wrong so you can learn from it, so you can use it to your advantage. Did you go food shopping when you were really, really hungry and end up buying something that is not on your menu? There is a lesson there.
2. Find positive friends
Surrounding yourself with people who are grounded and upbeat helps you maintain a positive outlook. Positivity, as is negativity, is contagious. So, choose your friends wisely. If you are eating a keto based diet, try to hook up with others that are following the same journey, exchange recipes and help each other as you work towards your goals.
3. Be thankful
Each night before going to bed, write down 3 things you’re grateful for. It may be as small as a great cup of coffee or something bigger as getting your work done on time at work. Make it a habit and you’ll soon realize it’s become part of your daily routine. When your feeling a little down, go back and read some of the things you are grateful for, it helps.
4. Seek humor
Watch stand-up comedy routines or funny movies opens you up to laughter which signals the brain to release ‘feel good’ hormones. This reduces stress levels and allows you to see the silver lining, even in the most difficult of situations.
5. Assess what you’d like to change
This could be hard to do at first and may require several attempts, but it gets results and you’ll feel empowered. Maybe your job is ill-fitting and fills your life with negativity. You may want to do something else, but fear is holding you back. Maybe it’s your car, your apartment, the color of your walls – many things can be affecting the level of negativity in your life and once you put your finger on it, you can consciously change it for the better. Take little steps and before you know it, the sun will pop out and life will look much brighter.
6. Start your day with positive affirmations
Begin your day on a high note by recognizing the good things that can happen throughout your day. Pessimists tend to start their day worrying and thinking about all that can go wrong. This makes you see everything in a negative light and causes a series of unfortunate events like a domino effect. When you pass people give them a free smile, it may just make their day and when they smile back, it could also help yours.
7. Stop the flow of negative thoughts
It might need lots of practice at first but be patient and make the effort. Observe your thought patterns. You can do this by taking down notes every time you focus on the negative. Each time you feel negative self-talk creeping up by being overly critical or judgmental, or focusing only on your failures, write down a positive affirmation to counter each negative thought.
8. Find something you love to do
Hobbies are something we don’t hear of too much these days since we’re all so busy. But taking the time to engage in something you’re good at and actually enjoy fills you with a sense of joy and fulfillment. I love to read as well as work with beads while listening to classical music or soft jazz. We each need to find a way to relax our minds from the stresses of day to day living.
9. Live a healthy lifestyle
Eat right, exercise regularly and you’ll see a definite boost in your mood. Plus, you’ll feel more confident and this helps you see things in a brighter, more positive light. Exercise does not need to be stressful, you can start by walking a little extra each day. Another exercise I find helpful is a simple form of Tai Chi Qigong. It is an exercise that keeps us nimble as we age.
10. Practice makes perfect
Reinforcing positive living requires practice. The more you do it, the better you’ll be at it. Then, one day when you’re in the midst of a crisis, you’ll find that the first thing that comes to your mind is not what can go wrong, but how can I use my strengths to overcome this adversity. At that moment you may be surprised at how far you have come in living life on your terms.
No one said life was easy and sometimes we get overwhelmed with what life throws our way. But it’s up to us to decide how we’ll come out the other end. You can decide whether you’ll have a positive perspective and make sweet, delicious keto lemonade, or you’ll be negative and be left with a batch of sour lemons, so use these 10 ways to Enjoy Positive Living starting now.
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