The Power of PositivityIs fear or doubt holding you back from pursuing your degree or dream career? A positive mindset is the root of success. You have to believe you can accomplish your goals, and then take the necessary steps to move yourself, and your family, forward.

Whether you’re a future student who daydreams of earning a degree, a military service member ready to transition, or a current professional who wants to reach the next level, you can harness the power of positive thinking to produce life-changing results. Follow these tips to start creating the right mindset to become a happier, more successful you.

  1. “The Five Minute Journal”

How you begin your day can set the tone for achieving your new approach to life. If you want to be a more positive person, you have to start with positive thoughts. Since its release, “The Five Minute Journal” has become a highly recommended ritual by countless industry and thought leaders who tout its benefits.

Unlike blank journals that force you to write from scratch, “The Five Minute Journal” tasks you with filling in sections that help you develop gratitude for what you have, create affirmations for future success, list challenges that may get in your way, and other areas that support positive thinking. This method of journaling is simple, really takes just five minutes and gives you a springboard to follow through on your intentions for the rest of the day. You can even download “The Five Minute Journal” app, so you can carry your positive thoughts wherever you go.

  1. Meditation Apps

We understand like many adults, you’re busy juggling multiple responsibilities nearly every hour of the day, but you also have to make self-care a priority. Slow down and relax — meditation apps, such as Calm, can help you pump the brakes on stress and grab hold of the mindset you need to be at ease and feel confident you’re on the right path. This highly acclaimed app won Apple’s prestigious “App of the Year” award in 2017.

With Calm, you can be guided through several types of meditation sessions that are perfect for beginners. The app also includes breathing exercises and stories meant to help you fall asleep. While you review this handy resource for staying mindful, take a look at similar apps that can promote mental rest and better sleep, both of which can help you build a more positive mindset.

  1. Physical Activity

Adding a fitness routine to your already-packed schedule may seem impossible, but most health-focused experts agree that physical exercise is necessary not only to keep our bodies healthy, but also our minds. According to a recent article in the New York Times, even a little bit of physical activity can result in a more positive mental state, which could lead to better academic performance.

Becoming more physically active doesn’t mean you have to spend hours at the gym or do exercises you don’t enjoy. You could start simple by going for walks to give your mind a break from work or studying. It’s also a great way to catch up with a friend or spouse. After a long period of sitting at a computer, this can be incredibly rejuvenating — and inspiring to start setting higher goals for physical health once you get into a comfortable routine.

  1. Healthy Eating

The physical and mental effects of adding healthy foods to your daily routine is part of developing a positive mindset. A 2018 article published by Harvard Medical School explains the link between the food we eat and the health of our brains. The article sites studies that show how diets high in processed foods and refined sugars can result in poor cognitive health, which can have a negative impact on academic success. Now that is a great way to improve your grades.

Be sure to pay attention to the types of foods you eat, since they will be fueling your brain throughout the day. If you are unsure where to start, consult your doctor or a dietician about what you can do to improve your diet in a way that works for you.

  1. Positive Relationships

According to Psychology Today, you can increase your personal happiness by actively nurturing positive relationships with others. Research shows how healthy relationships can help you achieve your dietary and fitness goals and increase your mental and physical health, which can result in a longer lifespan.

As you can see, there are a number of interrelated factors that can combine to create positive synergy that results in greater happiness and success in your life. When you’re happier, you can approach college with less stress and anxiety, which can improve your study habits and even test scores. As we stated in a previous posts, everything you need to combat stress is already within you and within your reach.

You Can Accomplish Your Goals

If you have been thinking about going back to college to earn your degree or finish what you started, you can take the next step right now. Admissions representatives at Grantham University want to speak with you about your educational and career aspirations. They’ll help you determine which undergraduate- or graduate-level online program is best suited for your goals. Also, Grantham University has the student support services – including tutoring assistance, and a dedicated career services team – to help you earn your degree and plan for a bright future.

Contact Grantham today.