"A healthy attitude is contagious but don't wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier." Author unknown
I love this quote, it fills me with questions like who can you infect with a healthy attitude? What does a healthy attitude do for yourself and those around you? Does a healthy attitude make you more successful? Happier?
So what is a healthy attitude? There are many different views on this but for me it is about your body and mind being in tune, seeing yourself in a positive light, being able to achieve goals that you set, being able to have fun and enjoy life.
What can a healthy attitude effect? I think it can effect pretty much every aspect of life. A healthy attitude can effect how you view yourself, how you interact with others, your relationships, your job, your satisfaction with life, your coping mechanisms. I think the list is endless. So if it effects this much how can it be improved, developed and changed?
I have looked at different techniques, different views on how to increase a healthy attitude. I think to start with you need to acknowledge that it is an attitude so it can be changed and you have control of your attitudes. I think this is really empowering knowing that your in control. So you can change it and your in control so what now? How can you improve or change your attitude? Here are a few things that I have found that have helped me;
~ keeping a gratitude journal. A place where I wrote down what I am thankful for. I try and do this daily.
~ exercise. I find going to the gym, swimming, walking, any form of exercise helps me. I think scientifically it's about endorphins and other neurotransmitter but for me it's about having time to myself, focusing on something, taking time out and working on myself.
~ having a bath. I find having a bath really relaxing and gives me time to think through stuff and be able to let go of it.
~ being by the sea. I find the sea puts things into perspective.
~ eating healthy most of the time. I love my treats and those foods you love to eat but also I feel so much nicer about myself and the world if I eat well.
~ pamper myself. Things like painting my nails, getting my eyebrows done, having a massage, getting my hair cut. All these things help me feel good about myself and the world.
~ take time to think through things and then let them go. I find just brushing things under the carpet just makes them worse in the long term.
So here's s few things that I do to improve and maintain a health attitude.