Starting the New Year with Positive Thinking Saturday, January 14, 2023 The start of a new year is the perfect time to reflect and identify your goals for the months ahead. Whatever your new year’s resolutions may be, a positive mindset can make all the difference in seeing them through. Positive thinking places the power of focusing your energy on what you can control and respond to. Negative thoughts and emotions are part of being human, but with practice and routine, you can guide yourself toward a more stable outlook as you experience the ups and downs of life. Practice Gratitude Writing in a gratitude journal is a great way to ease into positive thinking. Take a few minutes at the beginning or end of your day to write down your thoughts, feelings, and emotions. Start by identifying a few things each day that you are grateful for. Embrace Anticipation Identify one thing each day that you are looking forward to. It could be as simple as a cup of tea by the window or a visit from a friend. Embracing a sense of anticipation can improve your mood and keep you focused on the day ahead of you. Enjoy the Moment Being present, also known as mindfulness, is the practice of grounding yourself in time and space. This moment of reflecting allows you to check-in with your emotions, your body, and your environment. Cataloging each of your senses will ground yourself in the present moment, which can be particularly helpful if you’re feeling overwhelmed or anxious. Talk to Yourself Give yourself a pep talk and identify some of the things you love about yourself. Words can be very powerful and directly influence your self-confidence–especially when aimed inward. Stand in front of a mirror or close your eyes for a moment of privacy, and start by listing a few positive things you enjoy about yourself. Positive thinking can improve mental and physical health over time by reducing stress and improving emotional control. Start slow and work your way up to embracing a positive mindset throughout 2023. Willow River is Here to Help At Willow River, we understand the challenges Alzheimer’s and dementia can bring. If you have questions or need help, Willow River has the answers and resources to assist you in this transition. Call Willow River Senior Living at 888-546-1886 or contact us through our website to start the conversation today.