It is a new year. It is time to set your year the best way you can. We tend to always set up goals, but I think setting up mindset habits are important as well. I got this lovely idea from the Youtube vlogger Rowena Tsai.
Mindset habits can help determine how well your life goes. It can help determine how peaceful your state of mind will be, or how happy one will be with their life. I decided to start the year discussing mindset habits I like to implement more this year. Maybe these habits can be helpful for you, or it may spark some mindset habits of your own you would like to try.
1.Be aware: Being aware of my thoughts, emotions, and actions has been very beneficial to me, and my peace of mind. Being aware of my thoughts allows me to reframe my negative thinking to a more positive and realistic approach. Being aware of my emotions gives me the opportunity to immerse myself in the emotion, allowing it to be, and to come to an understanding of it, and why I have the feeling. It helps me move on. Being aware of my actions allows me to learn from mistakes, and grow as an individual. Awareness is very important for our well-being. It cultivates mindful living. It cultivates peace.
2.Take control: What I mean by this, is that I have power over how I cope and handle things in life. I have power with how I deal with difficult emotions. I have power over how I cope with adversity. I have power over my thoughts. I may not control what comes to mind, but I can control where it leads. I have responsibility over the actions I take. I have the power to overcome any struggles in my life. Knowing you have control of some aspects in life is a powerful mindset to have. Everything is not out of your control. We are stronger than we think.
3.Find perspective: Reminder, that life doesn’t revolve around me, or you. I like to always see the other side. Whether that be someone with an opposing view, or challenging my own thoughts, and reframing them. It is easy to just focus on things that fit your beliefs and ideals, but you learn and grow from allowing your view points to be challenged. This allows you to come to an understanding, and reduces ignorance, anger, and frustration. I like looking at the other side of my viewpoints. I sometimes realize that their viewpoint makes sense, and I learn to agree with what they say.
This also goes with thoughts. Our thoughts tend to be negative, but learning to reframe them is really powerful. This goes with arguments, disagreements, or dealing with difficult emotions. It is important to look at different perspectives, not just one. Nobody can learn from just one perspective. Don’t just see things from your perspective, don’t just look at the negative. Open yourself up to the other ones as well.
4.Be kind to yourself: Being kind to others is so much easier, than being kind to yourself. I have been very kind to myself this year, and would love to be kinder this year. You are a human being just like anyone else. We all make mistakes, we all do stupid things, we are all imperfect beings. We are also unique beings who have strengths of our own. I know I have flaws, but I also have strengths. I know I have great qualities about me, and that is what allows me to shine. This goes for everyone. Build yourself up, rather than knock yourself down. I will make mistakes, or make bad decisions, but I will still be kind to myself, because I know it is all a part of the human experience. I am not perfect. Treating yourself with dignity and respect is very important.
5.Take in all emotions: This is something I have learned about this year, and would love to improve upon this year. All emotions should be welcomed. Some may be harder than others, but they still should be embraced. Avoiding doesn’t help, it even makes it worse. Learning to just let the emotion be is incredibly powerful. Emotions are there to guide us. We just go to learn to use it to our advantage.
6.Challenge yourself: Definitely something I struggle with the most, but comfort doesn’t provide experiences or excitement. Living is about doing things out of the norm. My most memorable moments are doing things outside of my bubble. I like to challenge myself and do things that create discomfort for me. It may be difficult in the beginning, but once I do it, the easier things will get. It may turn out, as it usually does, to be a fun experience, or a learning experience. It will only help me become stronger, and more resilient.
7.Appreciate Life: Instead of focusing on the things I don’t have. I like to put that energy into the things I do have. Showing gratitude increases happiness and well-being. I don’t have everything, but who needs everything. Everything won’t make you happy. I have enough, and I am perfectly happy with that. You will always want more if you seek happiness from external means. I like to look at the little things that bring me joy. I like to focus on the good in my life.
Most people say this year sucked, because they focused on things they couldn’t do. To me it didn’t. I still got to connect with friends. I became a plant owner. I went on a lovely beach trip. I went on some lovely nature walks. It is all about where you put your energy towards. If you see the bad, life will suck. If you see the good, life is good. Simple concept, but hard to implement.
8.Be creative: I like to work towards my creative side this year. Due to Covid, we are indoors a bit more. This gives us an opportunity to be creative in whatever we are creative in. Creating something is a beautiful thing. It gives me purpose. It makes me feel accomplished. It is rewarding. It also allows you to be more mindful, and in the moment.
I hope I am able to implement these habits this year. I do think they will be beneficial to my self-growth journey. I hope you all have helpful mindset habits that can help you get though the year in a more mindful and peaceful manner. I hope this new year is full of new adventures, new experiences and new discoveries.