Positive messages uplift the spirit, relax the mind and encourage the soul. You can choose to surround yourself with positivity and feed yourself with positive messages that will overrule all of the negativity in your life and keep you in a place of wellness and peace.
The Rule of Seven, often used in marketing, states that you have to hear a thing seven times before you’ll take action, so doesn’t it make sense to flood your mind and your atmosphere with positive messages that will lead you to positive actions? A positive mindset and positive actions can help you to manage stress better, as bad thoughts and habits are replaced by good ones.
People often collect inspirational quotes by famous people they admire, like a president, movie star or athlete. Hearing encouraging words that come from a person you respect and admire will likely mean more to you than some random person on the street, but don’t be afraid to glean words of wisdom from whomever you may meet.
As you come across quotes and sayings that inspire you in some way, jot them down in a notebook, stick them on post-it notes where you can see them throughout the day, recite them aloud, record and play them back as you go about your day, etc. Get creative in keeping these messages in the forefront of your mind so that they become your natural thought patterns, and you may find that you’re more upbeat even when faced with a challenge.
Soak up these words from three people who are respected and admired by many:
“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein, Mathematical Genius
” The time is always right to do what is right.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Civil Rights Activist
A Chinese proverb by no specified author:
“Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.”
Sermons, Stories and Lectures
Sermons, stories and lectures by preachers, authors and motivational speakers can be another mode of stress relief. You can watch them live by attending a meeting, watch on television, listen to them on the radio, play back a CD or DVD, read their books or even catch them online.
However you choose to take in their words is up to you. A few of the absolute greats are Bishop T.D. Jakes, Joel Osteen, Les Brown, Zig Ziglar and Tony Robbins. Invest time in yourself and hook up with one of these great speakers today for your own mental and spiritual health.
No one can affirm you like you can. You can take all of the positive words you have learned from others or create phrases of your own that really inspire and motivate you and begin to speak them to yourself. Act as though you are speaking words of life and love to someone else that you love. It helps to look at yourself in the mirror in the process.
If you find yourself thinking negative thoughts about yourself, replace them with positive words spoken out loud. Again, repeat these things to yourself again and again until they become habitual. When faced with fear or anxiety, instead of saying “You can’t do it,” say “If you believe, nothing is impossible.” Before you know it, you really will believe it – and do it.