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Transform your state of mind
7 ways to replace negative thoughts with empowering ones
What is your state of mind?
We’ve all heard the term “state of mind,” but have you ever put much thought into what it really means? Before you can answer the question, “How do I change my state of mind?” you first have to know what it is. “State of mind” is defined as the quality of one’s consciousness as it relates to the outside world, as well as the perception of their inner thoughts and emotions. When you’re in control of your state of mind, you’re the master of your emotions and you understand that life is happening for you, not to you.
“The difference between peak performance and poor performance is not intelligence or ability; most often it’s the state that your mind and body is in.” —Tony Robbins
How to transform your state of mind
When was the last time you were in a bad mood? How did being in that state affect other parts of your life? We often feel like our emotions are beyond our control, but that’s entirely untrue. In reality, you have the power to transform your state of mind – and do so in an instant.
1. Examine your limiting beliefs
Instead of asking “How can I change my state of mind?” many people think they have to live with whatever mood they’re in. They buy into the limiting belief that they are prone to unhappiness or anxiety or that they can only be in a good mood when the outside world is moving as they want it to. The key to unlocking an extraordinary life has nothing to do with outside people or events. You must examine your limiting beliefs – are they positive or destructive? Identify any destructive beliefs about your ability to control your emotions and replace them with empowering ones.
2. Change your inner monologue
Your limiting beliefs affect your inner monologue and those thoughts create your world. Yet many people never stop to question their inner critic and turn them into a friend instead of a foe. Next time you catch yourself in negative self-talk, imagine that you are your own best friend – would you talk to your friends the way your inner critic talks to you? Think of something positive instead. You’ll not only change your state of mind, you’ll change your entire outlook on life.
3. Adjust your posture
Observe your posture when you are happy, as opposed to when you are sad – or what you look like when you are angry versus when you are elated. There’s a difference, right? We all get in negative psychological and emotional states, but you can transform your state of mind by changing your body and getting in state. Your body language sends signals to your brain about how you’re feeling and operating. If you have poor posture, it only lends itself to poor emotions or a negative state. Good posture and alertness produce a more positive state.
Just like changing your posture, smiling sends positive signals to your brain. It can even trick your mind into thinking you’re feeling better than you actually are. Smile at yourself in the mirror or make eye contact with the people around you. Not in the mood? Watch a funny video, look at old pictures or put on your favorite song. There’s always something that will bring a smile to your face. Eventually, your emotions and mindset will follow suit.
5. Move your body
How do you transform your state of mind, even when you’re dealing with immense stress? The secret is in moving your body. Emotion is created by motion. In other words, emotions are linked to movement in our bodies. While you’re listening to that favorite song that makes you smile, dance around. Go for a walk outside – green space is proven to be relaxing. Get your heart rate up with exercise, a natural mood enhancer. Moving your body releases all that stress and elevates your state of mind.
6. Create empowering rituals
Some of the world’s most successful people have likely wondered, “How do I change my state of mind?” Many of those people have one thing in common: they’ve created an empowering routine that helps them stay in a positive state. Start your morning right with a positive, energy-providing breakfast. Practice priming or meditation to set the tone for your day. Exercise, have fun and practice gratitude. Life is meant to be lived – not agonized over.
7. Adopt an abundance mindset
True freedom comes when you accept every moment for what it is instead of needing to control everything and make it adhere to your expectations. Expectations are dangerous for just that reason: if they’re not met, your state of mind deteriorates and you take it out on yourself or others. When you take responsibility for your lifestyle, feelings and actions, you have true freedom. When you understand that freedom is a state of mind and that the secret to achieving it is adopting an abundance mindset, you can create a breakthrough in any part of your life.