Who Controls Your Attitude?

Developing A Positive Attitude

If you want to start the day right, take some time in the morning to choose your attitude.

Morning Exercise and Positivity

 

I am sure you have heard about the many benefits of exercise and why we need to do it. It will improve our lives, lengthen them, make us healthier, and so on. It also has many mental health benefits, of course. Those of us who are not inclined to exercise probably are not moved by these benefits, or we would already be doing it.  So it’s time to change your attitude towards exercise and call it something different.  Just call it Moving My Body, or Changing My Attitude.

 

If you do exercise, there are strong reasons for you to consider doing it in the morning. Exercise releases endorphins and other feel-good hormones that lift the mood and improve happiness.

 

Studies show that this burst of mood-altering chemicals lasts almost 24 hours, which means exercising in the morning will make it last all day. Who knew a runner’s high was real and is stronger in the morning? Maybe that is why so many runners do their runs in the morning!

 

Exercising at any time also reduces the physical load of stress chemicals circulating in your body. It burns them out and leaves you feeling more relaxed and peaceful. That is a great way to begin your day and leads to better days overall.

 

The effect is cumulative as well. Exercising consistently leads to better baseline moods over the long run, even on days when you cannot exercise at all!

If you are not the exercise sort, reconsider because you do not have to become a gym rat to get these benefits. Nor do you need to begin your days with a five-mile run at your local park.

 

While aerobic exercise is the best for increasing positivity, any form of exercise will work. This includes low-impact forms of exercise such as walking, yoga, water aerobics, and tai chi. Even 15 minutes of gentle stretching will help you be more positive for the rest of the day.

 

Yoga and tai chi have additional benefits as well. They help control your mood better than most other forms of exercise. Likewise, they improve both physical and psychological markers of stress better than anything except intense aerobics and do so even in short sessions. A 10 or 15-minute session can do wonders for your health and mood.

 

If you are not used to exercising and want to introduce it to your routine, start slowly. Begin with simple low-impact exercises even if you want to move into aerobics. Always be sure to stretch before beginning. Finally, get permission from your doctor to begin exercising before you start.  *Note I am not a doctor or a physician and these tips are just tips, but for any exercise it is important to get an okay from your doctor.

 

Journalling Can Help You Change Your Attitude

 

Journaling is also a popular self-improvement technique that integrates well into a morning positivity routine for many people. It does not take a lot of time and confers some unique benefits.

 

Writing, like reading, activates different centers and pathways in the brain than other media and techniques. Writing something down forces you to process it and think about what you are putting on paper. It actively reinforces the message.  Nothing else has this same effect; it is even less apparent in typing, which is just a different form of the same process!

 

You can journal in many forms. One is gratitude journaling, which is a form of gratitude practice.

Free journaling involves simply writing about what is on your heart and mind before you begin the day. It helps you get things off your chest, process difficult emotions, dispel dreams, and so forth.

 

When you free journal, write about whatever comes to mind. Follow your brain. Do not force or correct yourself. You will not get any benefit if you do that. Your brain often knows what is bothering it. Trust it.

 

Think also about using prompted journaling. This is when you write the answers to one or more prompts each morning. You can buy premade journals with prompts printed in them or find some online,  but you do not need an actual journal for your journaling, either. Try using a blank notebook or even loose sheets of paper.

 

How long should you write each morning? You do not need to write for long, but you need at least ten minutes. Fifteen minutes is usually ideal for most people. Five minutes or less is usually not enough for free journaling, though it can be for prompted journaling.

 

If the muse strikes you and you have time, write for as long as you like, but do not feel obligated. Do not look at or worry about the clock while you journal. That can make you too stressed to write. If you are pressed for time, a timer can keep you on track.

 

How much should you write? As much as it takes to get something off your mind or your attitude, or until your timer goes off (or you have answered the prompt). It usually does not take multiple paragraphs, much less pages and pages, of text to do this. Most people find several sentences or one paragraph to be sufficient.

 

Let me know how your attitude improves as you follow these simple steps.

 

To becoming more positive!!

Fran

P.S.  For more tips on becoming and remaining positive Check out This Link

 

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