Last year the family went on our yearly trip to Hawaii and I learned a major lesson on shifting my mindset.
We arrived on the island and I instantly started not feeling well. My head was throbbing, my throat swelled up and was soar, and my body felt tired and achy. When my fever spiked I knew I was getting sick. UGH! Why does this happen when you finally slow down?
I kept pushing through my cold, because I didn’t want to miss out on any of the activities we had planned. But I hit a day where I had to just stop.
I parked myself in bed, pulled the black curtains shut, and crawled under the covers. As I played in bed, I felt mad, sad, angry, and to be honest…. a little sorry for myself.
Why now! Of all times for me to be sick… why now!? I want to be spending time with my friends and family. But instead I’m laying in bed, feeling awful.
A few hours later I woke up… got out of bed… opened the curtains… and I was instantly reminded that I needed to be grateful. What a blessing this life is. Yes I’m sick at an inopportune time, but I am also incredibly lucky to be in this magnificently beautiful place with the people I love.
It’s His plan, not mine. When things don’t go our way, we tend to force taking back control. We lose trust in the journey. Our faith is effected and we get even more irritated with the situation… instead of just taking a step back, taking a deep breathe in, and trusting in Him or the Universe.
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.”
Here are some tips on shifting your mindset:
- Focus on your breath – If you notice your ramping up your own irritation in a situation, take a few minutes to yourself and focus on your breath. Find a quiet place away from others, and take deep breaths in the nose and out the mouth. On your inhale count to at least 5, and do the same for your exhale. This will help to calm your body and mind, which will help to reset your mindset.
- Reality check yourself – when you start to get discouraged and notice the negative talk is creeping up on you, react and respond to the negative thoughts with something positive! Even if it doesn’t feel natural and feels somewhat forced. Do it! For every negative thought, there is an equal and even more powerful positive thought!
- Trust the process – whatever it is you’re going through, remind yourself to trust the process. We all go through difficult seasons, which is why it is so important to just trust in your higher power.
- Surround yourself with positivity – Put people in your life that build you up, support you, and who will be honest with you in any situation. They have your back and they know exactly what to say to snap you out of a funk. If that person isn’t standing next to you, then give them a call!
What are some of the ways you’ve learned to shift your mindset? Share below! What has helped you, might be the key to helping someone else!