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Exploring Ways to Maintain a Positive Outlook and Mindset

9th March 2018

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Good vibes only!

At the end of last year, I decided my overarching focus for 2018 would be one of positivity. I felt this would improve my resilience to any life and work challenges and better equip me to let go of the things that are no longer serving or supporting me.

Maintaining a positive mindset is how I’ve always preferred to work. It has brought energy to my day and as a manager, it helped me to motivate and inspire my team. I enjoyed creating a positive, cheerful and supportive working environment because it made the day all the more productive and joyful!

Freelance life

Since working freelance, I’ve become even more aware of how I’m feeling and the impact this can have on my productivity and creativity. As a business owner, I don’t want external factors to affect my efficiency or to have an impact on my day.

At this point, I’d like to add that as human beings we can’t possibly feel positive all the time. It’s valuable to experience and embrace a whole range of emotions and not to ignore how we feel. My primary goal in maintaining and boosting my positivity is to support my freelance work, which ultimately has an impact on all areas of life.

‘Look for the pluses in life. Being negative completely erodes everything. If something bad happens, I always say cancel and continue and get back on track. There’s no good being negative, I don’t believe in negativity.’ – Dame Judi Dench

So today I’m sharing what I currently do to maintain a positive outlook and mindset. As with everything I post here, please feel free to make use of the ideas that resonate. There are no wrong or right ways to do anything in life, and we should embrace a variety of approaches to discover what works best for us.

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Do positive and uplifting things

One of the best ways to nurture positivity is to focus on the things we’re grateful for and happy about. To do this I keep a gratitude journal and generally try to include the things I love in my day. I believe that when we embrace positivity and share it with the world we get it back in abundance!

In addition to this, I’ve also created a whole range of resources to help me to feel positive and empowered. These include uplifting playlists, guided meditations, inspiring podcasts and TED talks, blogs and magazines. They make up my positivity toolkit which helps and supports me on the more challenging days.

Be mindfully positive

During the working day, I remain mindful of how I’m feeling and if I notice any unhelpful thoughts I do my best to identify the trigger, so I can avoid it in future. I try to be open, curious, honest and most of all non-judgemental in how I’m feeling.

Following this, I let go of the thought. To do this I acknowledge it and gently move my focus to my breath, or I try to replace the thought with something I’m grateful for or happy about.

If I still feel stuck, I change what I’m doing to divert my attention. This usually involves making a cup of tea, calling someone, getting outside, exercising or watching something funny on YouTube. I find laugher is the greatest weapon against negativity!

Reflect on events with a positive light

When things go wrong I tend to feel out of control and this can have an impact on how I feel. Through personal reflection, I began to realise that it wasn’t always the situation that was affecting me but more the way in which I was internalising it.

With this in mind, I decided to turn around how I was viewing life’s challenges by seeing them less as obstacles and more like valuable life lessons to help me to learn and grow. I’ll admit this isn’t the easiest of things to do, but if we can’t change what happens in life we can change how we respond to it.

Let go of the things that are no longer serving me

At the end of last year, I was consuming a lot of online content that I felt was hampering my creativity. To address this, I took a step back to decide what I wanted my online experience to feel like and what voices I wanted to hear. I think it’s important to curate what you’re consuming, after all, you wouldn’t choose to spend time with someone you don’t really get on with!

After a little edit, I began to introduce some new voices and visuals into my online experience, seeking out those who inspire me to push forward and to show up as the best version of myself. It’s made a huge difference and I’ve even downloaded the Moment app (an app to monitor phone use) to ensure I’m keeping my daily screen time to a minimum.

Save my positivity for a rainy day

And finally, I save my positivity for a rainy day. To do this I collect all the things I’m proud of and I save them in a desktop file or I jot them down and pop them in a jar. These kind words and happy reminders lift me when I stumble. It’s so easy to focus on that one negative remark or worry, so by collecting all the good stuff I can give myself a boost when I need it the most.

Thank you, as always, for stopping by. I hope you have a positive and inspiring day!

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    Reply Kirsty 9th March 2018 at 8:13 am

    YOU give me so much good advice!!!! Thank you xxxxxx

    • Natasha
      Reply Natasha 9th March 2018 at 8:20 am

      You’re welcome, Kirsty! Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you have a fabulous Friday! 🙂

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    Reply Lucy 9th March 2018 at 8:20 am

    You’re absolutely right.. that one negative comment is easy to focus on but positivity always saves the day x

    • Natasha
      Reply Natasha 9th March 2018 at 2:42 pm

      So true, there’s no point in wasting your energy on negativity! I hope you have a lovely weekend, Lucy.

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    Reply Susan 9th March 2018 at 11:14 am

    I’ve always seen you as such a positive person thanks for sharing your tools for keeping this mindset ❤️

    • Natasha
      Reply Natasha 9th March 2018 at 2:44 pm

      You’re welcome and thanks so much for your kind comment! I hope you have a lovely weekend.

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    Reply Amanda 9th March 2018 at 11:20 am

    I love the idea of saving your positivity for a rainy day. That recommendation will come in very useful, I think! x

    • Natasha
      Reply Natasha 9th March 2018 at 2:49 pm

      Thanks, Amanda. I started doing this when I worked at the University of Oxford, it was good to save up the compliments to read on the stressful days! I hope you have a great weekend. 🙂

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    Reply Lazy Daisy Jones 9th March 2018 at 1:19 pm

    What a wonderful idea to save the positives for a rainy day, its raining here today and I’m struggling to find the positives!
    You are as ever a superb inspiration to me Natasha…

    Ashley x

    • Natasha
      Reply Natasha 9th March 2018 at 2:50 pm

      Thank you, Ashley. Sending you an abundance of joy and positivity from Oxford! I hope you have a gorgeous weekend. 🙂

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    Reply Jules 11th March 2018 at 9:53 pm


    • Natasha
      Reply Natasha 13th March 2018 at 3:19 pm

      Thank you!

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    Reply Kathryn 12th March 2018 at 10:38 am

    Well I’ve always known Judi Dench was awesome and that quote just proves it. Thanks for this little boost of positivity today – I need it on a rainy monday morning! xx

    • Natasha
      Reply Natasha 13th March 2018 at 3:20 pm

      Thanks, Kat. I hope you have a beautifully positive week! 🙂

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    Reply Juan Sandiego 13th March 2018 at 10:44 pm

    I completely agree with the implications of consuming online content. It can lead to an information overdose. Great tips as usual!

    • Natasha
      Reply Natasha 17th March 2018 at 4:12 pm

      It sure can! Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you have a great weekend.

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    Reply Sean 21st March 2018 at 6:12 pm

    That’s a great way of looking at life, I really loved reading this article and I totally agree with you on having the good vibes only.

    • Natasha
      Reply Natasha 21st March 2018 at 9:24 pm

      Thanks for stopping by!

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    Reply Tausha 24th April 2018 at 2:57 am

    An awesome way of thinking. I was just talked with my son who is a junior at the university and telling him how what we are feeling can impact our productivity and ability to get things done. Thank you for this! Sharing with him now.

    • Natasha
      Reply Natasha 8th May 2018 at 2:25 pm

      Thanks so much for your kind comment. That’s so true, how we feel can make such a difference to our productivity.

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    Reply Becks 6th September 2018 at 9:39 pm

    Do positive and uplifting things. Reflect on things with a positive light. These speak to me personally. Right now I am having a hard time with my job and being a student, where I want to work more but my school schedule doesn’t allow. I would really like to find the positives in this but It’s turning out to be really tough to do. Hope I find a positive soon.

    • Natasha
      Reply Natasha 14th September 2018 at 5:32 pm

      I’m sorry to hear you’re having a hard time with your job and being a student. I wish you all the very best with things moving forward, and I hope you get to where you want to be.

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