Positive Thinking Exercises for the Workplace

Positive Thinking Exercises for the Workplace

Quickly dismiss negative thoughts by practicing our positive thinking exercises for the workplace. Is it “just another manic Monday” or is it the “best day ever!”? When you first wake up, your perspective sets the tone for your entire day. You own the day as much as you own your thoughts.

My mom, who lived to be 90 years old, had this inspirational quote taped next to the coffee can.

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Without a doubt, she read it every day, along with a prayer thanking God for this blessed day. This is a great example of a positive thinking exercise. Here we explore more positive thinking exercises to start putting into practice now.

Use Positive Affirmations

We have 12,000 to 50,000 daily thoughts, and around 80% are negative, according to the National Science Foundation. Geez, how do you maintain a positive mental attitude in the workplace, when human nature is against you?

Manage your Stress Levels

At times, the business world can be stressful, for a variety of reasons. Demanding deadlines, back-to-back meetings, or management changes can create unneeded stress. Here are several techniques to help you manage it in the workplace, while getting you back on track to positive thinking.

Express Gratitude

Gratitude in the workplace has many benefits and contributes to a more productive, positive work experience. A quick positive thinking exercise is to stop and think of something you are grateful for. Modern neuroscience tells us that gratitude in any form can enlighten the mind and make us feel happier. Here are several ideas on how to incorporate gratitude into your day and create more positive experiences.

Maintain a Healthy Work-Life Balance

My father, a business owner, taught me to always give 100%, and to never cheat your company by giving anything less. He also believed in a healthy work-life balance. He owned his weekends, evenings, and vacation time. He showed us how to have a successful career life, filled with a positive mindset. These positive thinking and self-care exercises will help train your brain to see the positive, allowing you to then better manage negative emotions. They will break patterns of negative thinking and support that all-important healthy work-life balance.

“Protect your time with your life.” - Bert Jacobs, co-founder of Life Is Good and presenter at 2022 ATD International Conference and Expo, “Closing General Session: Life is Good – the Power of Optimism.”

Keep Learning

There are times we encounter challenging situations in the workplace that trigger negative thinking. It can be very difficult to pivot out of negative thoughts. Sometimes you may need training to help you through difficult and stressful situations. Training can help you maintain your composure and work through difficult situations with diplomacy and empathy. Training can also build confidence and help support a more positive attitude.

HSI offers many training topics that could help employees work through challenging situations:

Offering an employee training and development program can not only help employees through difficult situations, but also position them for improved productivity and future promotions. Years ago, my employer valued my expertise in art direction. But I needed training in negotiating techniques. Access to that training proved invaluable, giving me more confidence and a positive outlook, while increasing my worth to the company overall.

A few courses from our Business Skills Library that could help build a positive thinking culture include:

Many of our clients open their HSI training library to employees for self-directed learning. Employees can choose off-the-shelf training video courses best suited for their unique needs. Request a free trial of our HSI LMS. You will have access to our Business Skills library, to watch the courses mentioned.

According to developgoodhabits.com, it takes an average of 66 days to form a new habit. Make a conscious decision today, and turn these positive thinking exercises into habits. As you begin taking these positive steps, you’ll be spreading good along your path and with all those you encounter.

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine and the shadows will fall behind you.” - Walt Whitman

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