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7 Steps To Build an Unbreakable Positive Attitude

7 Steps To Build an Unbreakable Positive Attitude

Living is not a difficult task. Life is not as complicated and as difficult as we have made it for ourselves. Surrounding ourselves with a lot of useless thoughts, mental stress, worries, and all the wrong assumptions result in nothing less than anxiety. For this reason, a positive attitude is essential.

To live a better life, it is necessary to redefine and reconsider our attitude. Looking for all the positivity is neither impossible nor a fantasy, it is, in fact, one of the simplest things in the world. Follow the tips below to make your life blossom with the flowers of joy and positive vibes.

  1. Stay Optimistic

Filtering out the negative thoughts is the first step to a positive attitude. The best approach to getting a happy life is to find positivity – no matter how small it is – in every single thing.

A pessimistic approach will always lead you to overthink and thus end up with a lot of anxiety and tension on your plate. At every stage in your life, you will face many difficult situations, succumbing to those worries with the added weight of negative thoughts, is the last thing you need in such a state.

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  1. Live in the Present

Holding remorse for the past and fretting over the future is what most of the people do throughout their lives. This, though, is the worst way to lead your life.

The past should be forgotten as it cannot be undone. Let bygones be bygones. The future is what change if you plan your present in a better manner. Thinking over the past will destroy your present, resultantly affecting your future.

Have a positive attitude, be optimistic and only think of one thing at a time. Live in your present.

  1. Consider Problems as Challenges

It is impossible not to face any problem or a tough situation in your life. You cannot circumvent the tougher situations. It is, though, a cowardly act to sulk in such times and move to despair.

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The best positive approach in such cases is to consider problems as challenges for yourself. Set your targets and act accordingly. Reward yourself for little milestones you achieve. This will help you stay focused and tackle the problems in a positive and constructive manner.

  1. Believe in Yourself

You cannot move ahead in your life unless you have complete confidence in your abilities and a firm belief in your own self. To keep your attitude positive, you need to trust your own decisions and take confident steps.

Know that you have some strengths, some unique abilities which no one else possesses and that you are the master of your own life. Live your life to the fullest. Do not trust anyone else more than you trust yourself.

  1. Endure What Cannot Be Cured

Whenever you feel that you have lost something, if it is not possible to cure the situation and turn it into your benefit, the best strategy is to accept it as it is.

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Feeling dejected, cursing yourself, and thinking about the past is not going to do you any good. In order to move forward, you need to have the trait of acceptance in yourself.

  1. Feel Grateful

Usually, in tougher times, we forget the blessings we have. If you want to live a life full of positive vibes, remember to count your blessings every now and then. Make this a usual practice.

You have a lot of abilities, talents, and even many material things to be thankful for. If you are able to turn your complaints into gratitude, a happy life and an unbreakable positive attitude is guaranteed.

  1. Choose the Right People to Talk to

Surround yourself with the right type of friends. Share your joys with your friends, as it always feels good if you spread happiness around yourself.

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Share your worries with the people you can trust. This will help you find valuable advice when you most need it. Choose your friends wisely as they affect your life in every way.

Living a joyous life is in your grasp. You just need to take notice of a few little things. Live, and live happily.

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Carles aspires to encourage people to live actively and take charge of their lives.

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Last Updated on May 22, 2019

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

1. Cat Camel Stretch

Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

Here’s a video to guide you through:

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2. Go for a Walk or a Run

This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

3. Jumping Jacks

Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

4. Abductor Side Lifts

Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

5. Balancing Table Pose

This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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    6. Leg Squats

    Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

    Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

    The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

    7. Push Ups

    You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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    An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

    Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

    This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

    8. Bicycle Crunches

    There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

    Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

    9. Lunges

    Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

    Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

    This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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    10. Bicep Curls

    You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

    Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

    Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

    Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

    Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

    These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

    You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

    Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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