No matter what your typical day looks like, everyone experiences stress, roadblocks, and insecurities. These obstacles can throw you off and drive you in a negative direction – but only if you let them!
Did you know negative thoughts can lead to health problems? High levels of stress can cause gastrointestinal issues, migraines, and anxiety, but also long-term health ailments such as heart disease and immune function.
If you find yourself stuck on the negative side, try our 7-Day Positivity Challenge. You can start this on any day of the week and let it carry you through the next seven days. At the end, check in with yourself and see how you feel! We’re pretty confident you’ll be starting your next week off on a more positive foot, but don’t take it from us … try it for yourself!
Chasing Nirvana Yoga’s 7-Day Positivity Challenge
At the start of your day, make a list of three things you are grateful for. Think about these three things periodically throughout the day, particularly when negative thoughts creep in.
Make a playlist of songs that make you happy and let this be the soundtrack of your day! Even a three-song playlist will do. Give it a listen during your car ride to work, while you’re doing chores, or when you’re running on the treadmill and see how much lighter on your feet you feel!
Practice a loving-kindness meditation (also called mettā). Take a comfortable posture, breathe deeply, close your eyes, and focus on a few loving affirmations of your choosing. You’re your energy from your heart center. Common phrases include:
May I be safe and protected.
May I be free of mental suffering or distress.
May I be happy.
May I be able to live in this world happily, peacefully, joyfully, with ease.
Begin by sending these affirmations toward yourself. Second, choose someone who you love or who has cared for you and mentally offer these affirmations to them (example: May you be safe and protected. May you be free of mental suffering or distress.). Finally, choose someone who you may not see eye-to-eye with or who you need to forgive and mentally offer these affirmations to them.
Say one kind thing to 3-5 different people who cross your path today. Not only will this brighten others’ days, psychological studies also show you will benefit, too! Your happiness and overall wellbeing will flourish.
Get outside! Spend some time in nature being active or simply walking around and experiencing the beauty around you. Did you know by being active for only 30 minutes a day increases your heart health, promotes weight loss, reduces stress, and boosts your mood?
See if you can go a full day without a single complaint. If you catch yourself having a negative thought, don’t be too hard on yourself! Mentally transform this thought into something positive and move on. For example, if you feel like complaining about how often your office phone is ringing, transform that thought into positivity and thankfulness for your job when others are not lucky enough to have one!
Spend today doing one thing you love. Self-care is important, and there is nothing wrong with making yourself a priority! Even if you only spend a half hour writing, practicing yoga, drinking a glass of wine, or chatting with a friend on the phone, it will have a profound effect on the rest of your day.
Chasing Nirvana Yoga offers on-site yoga and wellness classes for to office buildings, community spaces, events, and more. Our goal is to bring a focus to wellness as a whole rather than just fitness. Our classes encourage your workforce to take a physical and mental break during their workday and to find a balance between stillness of mind, strength of body, and peace within your heart, all of which will help you maintain the inertia behind the daily juggle of life. For more information, please visit www.chasingnirvanayoga.com.