Cultivate a Healthy Mindset (May 2021 Monthly Review)

By 05/06/2021February 2nd, 2022Monthly Reviews
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Hey gorgeous. Hope you’re well.

In my previous posts, I shared about Gratitude and Affirmations. Developing a healthy mindset is another thing I’d like to share because having a healthy mindset can also lead to having a greater sense of well being. If this is something you want to explore, I have 3 tips on how to cultivate a healthy mindset before I share my May 2021 Reflection.

But first, let me ask something. Have you ever noticed anyone in your life that has a sunny disposition, all the time? 

This type of individual seems to sail through life, as well? right? Well, perhaps the right mindset is the key.

At the end of the day, no matter what happens, we have the power to choose our thoughts about any event. So, cultivating a healthy mindset is one of the best things we can learn to make sure we can handle whatever life throws at us.

I believe in the power of keeping a healthy mindset. Having a healthy mindset helps us shift negative thoughts and this influence our actions.

A healthy mindset has a lot to do with our decision making too. Not only that, but a healthy mindset also promote positivity. For example, when I do a monthly review (or any type of reflection), keeping a healthy mindset, helps me to be less critical of myself when things didn’t turn the way I expected.

I’ve been sharing monthly reviews since Jan 2021. The purpose is to share my experience in creating an intentional lifestyle. I hope that the little tips I pepper in every post inspire you. Or at least gives you an “aha” moment.

So far, I’ve shared the Top 3 Ideas for a Monthly Review to stay focused. In February Monthly Review, I shared an Effective Checklist for your Monthly Review and I showed you How to use a checklist for a Monthly Review in March monthly review. Last month, I shared the 3 Powerful Affirmations: April 2021 Monthly Review.

Before I go on with sharing about cultivating a healthy mindset, Let me just share what I’ve created. A free weekly planner that I use in my Bullet Journal. I know that Bullet Journal method is not for everyone, so I created a PDF version of my weekly Spread. Go grab your free copy now. You’ll love it

So how do we develop a Healthy Mindset?

Having a healthy mind is one of the keys to living life to the fullest because it helps us sail through life. A healthy mindset is having a positive outlook in life and it’s essential to our well-being. 

According to SA Health, some common features of wellbeing include having a sense of purpose, feeling good and functioning well, having control in our lives and the options to change things if necessary, as well as achieving goals we set for ourselves.

Developing a mindset takes effort and practice. But don’t let this put you off.

Let me help you by suggesting the following three tips on how to cultivate a healthy mindset and I hope you can start as soon as you’re able to.

3 Tips on how to cultivate a healthy mindset

how to cultivate a healthy mindset

Whether your goal is related to self-development, family, health, finance and other meaningful categories you value, developing a healthy mindset is one way to help you achieve your goals.

Here are the three tips in cultivating a healthy mindset that will help you get started.

1. Expect that there will be work involved.

Anything that is “essential” is worth having. Would you agree? And just anything else that’s worth having, developing the right mindset has a little bit of work involved. However, this work is not too painful. It is a matter of training our brain. Reset it to a program that we want to replay over and over again.

This involves making an effort to be aware and pay attention to our thoughts. We need to listen and observe how many times the voice of negativity comes to visit. Then, when we hear that voice of negativity we need to stop it immediately and reframe that thought.

I know it’s easier said than done but we need to practice. Also, it helps if we think that those negative thoughts pop in our head because our brain wants to keep us safe and it’s only natural. Our brain is just doing its job.

Practice, practice and practice until it becomes effortless. We can’t stop the brain from thinking things but we can manage our thoughts.

2. Retrain your brain

Once we have recognised the negative talk and realised that the thought is not valid, we can then move to the next step.

Retrain our brain. We can do this by facing the negative thought then reframe it.

Retraining our brain takes practice every day. The use of positive affirmations is a useful tool in retraining our brain. Although it might feel a bit awkward at first, positive affirmations do work.

One thing that I find helpful, is letting that negative voice set for a bit. Then, looking deeply into that thought and think through if there is anything useful in it for me.

Let me give you a real-life example. Now and then, the thought of not being able to make it in this blogging world comes up. What I do is acknowledge and validate that thought, because it’s true that there is no certainty in almost everything. I’m learning as I go and sometimes, I’m not even sure if what I’m doing is right.

But then, when I get back to the thought, usually after pausing a bit and doing something not related to the blog, I usually interpret the thought differently. And that usually gives me permission to keep going and follow through.

So what if I make a mistake, or do the wrong thing?

One way or another, I will find out what’s right and what way I should take, avoiding the same mistakes. And when it happens, I will think of another way, find solutions and I will do better. Eventually, I will get things right. And for as long as the goal remains meaningful to me, I will just keep trying.

3. Align yourself with Success

Everyone has a goal. To be successful, we got to keep trying. We need to be willing to try different things. Some goals are straightforward, but some are scary.

If the thought of fear of failure pops up in your head, try and reframe that thought.

It’s helpful to think that failure is a part of growth. We learn from failure which in a sense is not a failure at all. So long as we take the lesson from it we still served us good. Just remember, never trying will not equate to success.

We can align ourselves with success by trying new things. By keeping an open mind to learn new ideas and put them into actions. We can try something that we have never done before – even if it is public speaking. (Something I’ve got to try someday soon).

Let’s allow ourselves to set up for success. Put ourselves in places where we are bound to succeed.

We just need to recognise that even if we fail once or twice, our actions as still aligned to be successful. If we notice that it, isn’t, a pivot is always a wise choice. Doing one small step, one day at a time has a strong impact on this alignment.

If we think we can’t do something because it’s big or complicated, break the steps down.

I do this all the time. And sometimes, when I don’t know the steps, I even write the words “Figure this ( whatever it is I need to learn) out”.

Once we have succeeded in smaller steps, we’ll feel more confident to take on more and more eventually reaching those coveted goals.

May 2021 Reflection

Cultivate a healthy mindset in May

If last month made me feel “blah” May has certainly made me feel more inspired and driven to keep going with my goals. It turned out that pausing a bit in April was what I needed.

So May has been great. I got a chance to reflect properly and It helped me gain more clarity and purpose.

As you may already know, I have three areas of focus. Well-being, Family and Home and Passion which is this blog.

So far, things are going great and I’ve never been so inspired like this. I feel like, I have all the resources I needed to move forward. The only missing piece is the “action”.

I’ve been focusing on growing this blog and while doing so, I make sure that I am not forgetting my family and my home. The blog is now a business so I’m treating it like a business.

Well-being

Well-being goals are going great so far. I’ve achieved sleeping before 2 am so I’m happy with that, and I’ve never had any “all-nighter” (not sleeping at all) since last year. I think it’s a good result. I’m still going to focus on sleep for another few months until I definitely nail the “before 2 am” goal and maybe I can do a stretch which is before 1 am.

For now, I’m happy with that progress.

Family and Home

I couldn’t be happier. Family and Home has improved compared to before starting the blog. I think I’ve finally learned to be intentional. Home organization is pretty decent, but I plan to do a stretch when I finish all the goals for the blog.

For now, I’m happy with how it is and most importantly I’m not as stressed as before when it comes to cleaning. Part of it is lowering my standards. I wish I’ve done this before. No one is complaining so far.

The Konmari Method project, that I’ve started with @Bossafterfive is still on and will continue when she is ready. I’m more likely to continue bit by bit in the next month depending on how we go by the end of June.

Passion: the Blog

Last month marked the 9th month since I started this blog. I’m so excited because I’ve learned so much and at the same time, my situation has improved too. I’m living an intentional life now.

10 benefits I’ve learned so far from blogging (and being intentional)

  1. It helped me become more intentional with my thoughts, my words and my actions
  2. Blogging taught me how to work smarter instead of being in constant “go’ mode.
  3. I may look busy in most of the time, but I’m way less overwhelmed now.
  4. Finding more time time to spend with my husband and kids is also one of the best benefits of starting this blog.
  5. I’ve learned so much about myself and what I’ve got to offer to the world.
  6. Blogging is so much more than just posting and being a creative outlet. It has now a huge part of me and I can’t wait to share more.
  7. I’ve also got the wonderful chance to connect with other bloggers. I’ve connected with beginner bloggers and three of the seasoned bloggers I admire so much.
  8. Blogging helped me find my self worth. I think it has always been there, I just didn’t acknowledge it enough.
  9. I learned that not sharing my gift of time, knowledge and connection with other people is kind of stealing from them.
  10. I’m so proud of myself and I have so much already and will achieve so much more.

Conclusion

Those 9 months have made me more purposeful in thoughts, words and actions. I can’t wait to share more about this topic. I’m still learning and I will never stop learning.

Now that I’ve already achieved a few milestones, I commit to continue. To evolve and learn and share whatever I have so you can have an intentional lifestyle too.

Since we are talking about being intentional I created a weekly planner that helped me prioritise what matters.

Be sure to grab a copy of a free weekly planner below because I know it will help you too in becoming intentional with your goals and achieve them too.

Check out Related Monthly Review Posts

January 2021

February 2021

March 2021

April 2021

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