7 Steps to Mental Clarity

7 Simple Steps to Improve Mental Clarity and Focus

 

Okay, so you put your car keys in the freezer. You picked up a banana instead of your phone to call your mom. It happens. But when you call your child by your cat’s name or drive to the grocery store instead of your office, it may be time to clear your head.

When you’re busy, mental clarity can seem like a rare commodity. You have so many things to do in such a brief period. Your brain tries to organize tasks, meetings, birthdays, dinner plans, chores, and much more.

Before long, a haze sets in, covering the many items on your brain’s “to-do list”.

The brain starts to feel foggy. You begin forgetting important names and dates. You enter a room and realize you can’t remember why you’re there. You lack focus and it feels harder and harder to concentrate on specific duties.

This brain fog can make it harder for you to learn new things, whether in your professional or personal life.

There is good news, however. You can take specific steps to relieve a foggy mind and achieve mental clarity. A good first step is to make sure your symptoms are not an undiagnosed medical issue.

Get a Medical Check-Up

A lack of mental clarity can be a result of an undiagnosed medical concern. It’s important for you to receive a complete check-up from a medical doctor who can evaluate your symptoms.

Attention deficit disorder has been associated with brain fog in some patients. This can be caused by low levels of dopamine. Not getting enough water and protein can contribute to what some call the “ADHD brain”.

People who suffer from anxiety and depression have reported having a lack of mental clarity.

Brain injuries, brain tumors, diabetes, Lyme disease, lupus, and numerous other medical conditions could be the cause of your symptoms. Ruling out these medical conditions can allow you to move to other possible sources.

Not using substances that can alter the brain in any way is key to mental clarity.

Avoid Drugs and Alcohol

The side effects of drug and alcohol abuse include the inability to have clear thoughts or make good decisions. Substances can also affect the hippocampus region of the brain that is responsible for your memory. Meaning, they can impair your ability to recall information.

Withdrawal from alcohol and drugs can induce brain fog as well. While the body is attempting to rid itself of these toxins, your brain is trying to get you to reuse the substances. This can create confusion.

Drugs and alcohol can even prevent you from having a good night’s sleep. Which is unfortunate since there is a great deal of evidence showing the importance of sleep for not only mental clarity but for overall wellness.

Get Good Sleep

A lack of sleep can make you feel groggy and unable to focus or concentrate. Over time, sleep deprivation can affect memory, health, and mood.

The kind of sleep you need to achieve mental clarity involves turning off all noise and distractions, including light from a television or computer. Make sure the temperature where you sleep is comfortable, not too hot or cold. Without interruption, sleep for at least seven hours.

Getting good sleep allows your brain time to restore and heal the rest of your body. It makes you feel refreshed and capable of tackling important projects.

Write Down What’s on Your Mind

The brain likes to store information, that’s what it does. Sometimes the information it stores is not necessary. it is better to get this information out of your brain so you can think more clearly. To-do lists, shopping lists, birthdays, phone numbers and any other information that can be written on a piece of paper, should be.

Store this information in a desk drawer, not in your brain. You will then be able to focus on the important things in your life.

De-Stress

Stress is one of the biggest causes of brain fog. Stress is bad for your whole body. The sooner you can learn to de-stress, the better.

Meditation, yoga, acupressure, acupuncture and exercise are some of the best ways to gain mental clarity. They help you focus on the connection between your mind, body, and spirit. This connection is imperative to achieving positive mental health and clarity.

Clean and Organize

A cluttered mind can sometimes represent a cluttered home or office. Our surroundings can represent our lifestyles. If our house looks like a tornado moved in, most likely, our mind feels the same way.

Take time to clean your spaces of importance. Clean your desk and office. Clean your home. Organize closets and work files. Making your environment feel good can make you feel good.

Keeping your environment free of clutter can allow you the ability to pay closer attention to your own needs, mentally and physically. Learn how to become psychologically healthier through organization and cleanliness.

Listen to Your Body

It is easy to ignore signals from your body when you are leading a hectic lifestyle. You may skip meals or eat snack foods throughout the entire day. You may drink a lot of soda but rarely any water. You may even be hurting in some areas of your body but refuse to take the time to see a doctor.

By not listening to your body’s signals, you are not doing yourself any favors. The body needs to be properly nourished, fueled with water and cared for regularly. Failure to do so will result in damage to your body. Eventually, this can affect your mental health as well.

When your body is trying to get your attention, you are easily distracted. It is hard to stay focused due to the constant nagging of your body asking for help.

Mental clarity is a very realistic goal to have. You can reach this goal by replacing negative habits with positive ones. If you are not sleeping well, make changes so that you can rest the right way. If you are smoking or abusing substances, take steps to stop.

It is up to you to implement tactics that will release the feeling of a foggy brain. Become stress-free, make yourself a priority and begin living with mental clarity.

 

The Most Common Mental Disorders

The Most Common Mental Disorders

The human mind is incredibly complex, and although it’s something we’ve been thinking about and studying for thousands of years, we’re pretty much nowhere near really figuring out how we work. We still discover new things about ourselves on a regular basis, from understanding how intelligence develops and what factors determine personality to figure out what is and isn’t normal human behavior, and how a healthy mind can best avoid becoming ill.

For the world of psychology, the big responsibility is figuring out how to solve the problems of the human mind – its mental disorders. There are many mental disorders and symptoms, and all of them range from mild to ruinous in severity and capacity. Some mental disorders make it difficult to remember things and may make us a little more irritable, or prone to a loss of temper. They might kill our mood or send us into swings of irrational emotion. Others toy with our mind, putting things in our world that aren’t really there, letting us hear and feel things that don’t exist.

The modern human mind is an evolutionary development that took millions of years and truly materialized a few dozen thousand years ago, and we’re still doing our homework on it – and will be for a very long time.

When it comes to these common mental disorders and the progress we’ve made in studying them and discovering as much about them as possible, it’s humbling to see how much of the progress we’ve made towards diagnosing and helping people with these disorders is rather recent. We just don’t know much and are constantly learning more. But what we do know can help a lot of people put their experiences into context, and help them improve and even thrive under dire conditions.

Keep in mind that while these are basic explanations of what we know about our worst mental enemies, every single one of these descriptions is written to inform you on the basics of mental illness, and not act as diagnostic tools. Only a professional can help you definitively figure out if you’re struggling with your mental health.

Substance Abuse and Dependence

These are actually two separate categories according to the DSM, but it helps to explain them together due to their obviously exclusive relationship. Abuse doesn’t really mean dependence according to modern addiction literature, and the matter is a difference between the physical issue of a dependence on whatever drug of choice someone has and the abuse of a drug for the purpose of self-medication.

To be clearer, substance abuse is defined by modern psychiatric standards as a maladaptive behavior. That’s when you’ve got a problem, and your solution for coping with said problem – like an abnormal amount of stress – is to do something that might seem to help you in the short-term but will cause you an even greater amount of stress and potential damage in the future. The simplest analogy is shooting you in the foot to stop a headache, although a far more realistic example is drinking alcohol to relieve stress after work – night after night after night.

When a drug is used for over a year for the explicit purpose of coping with stress or other problems, and you’re escalating in reckless behavior (like drinking on the job), you’re probably eligible for a professional diagnosis of abuse.

Dependence is something else. That’s when your body develops a physical resistance or tolerance to a drug, and you take incrementally larger amounts of it to make up for the fact. Eventually, this drives you to a point where trying to stop causes you to go into withdrawal, a painful and sometimes deadly experience if not done properly and with medical attention.

The two are intricately related and often occur together, but not everyone suffering from addiction can be diagnosed with both. Dependence is treated through the highly studied medical art of rehab – clients basically get medical assistance in weaning their body off a drug, and then they get psychiatric assistance to beat their addiction. Some people get off drugs completely on their own, but it’s never an easy experience.

Anxiety

Anxiety is a contender for the top of the list in terms of the world’s most common mental illness. It’s an incredibly diverse diagnosis, with disorders ranging from extremely mild to highly severe. All the world’s phobias are encompassed within the anxiety spectrum, together with specific diagnoses like social anxiety, and the more general anxiety disorder.

To put it in simpler terms, anxiety is fear. That’s really the best way to describe it. An anxiety disorder is an extraordinary or unnatural fear of something or several things in life, manifesting in different ways. Social anxiety disorders, for example, are the fear and worry that you might embarrass yourself, or that you’re incapable of presenting yourself in public without a massive blunder. It can be mild or so bad that you develop an obsessive compulsive disorder, the urge to utilize compulsive and obsessive behavior to distract yourself or save yourself from a certain fear.

Like any mental illness, anxiety can be inherent, or it can develop. Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is usually diagnosed after an incredibly traumatic or series of traumatic events causes you to break down into a state of anxiety, making the event a painful scar in your life. Over 40 million Americans struggle with anxiety in a year, the most common example being social anxiety. This isn’t to be confused with shyness or introversion, both of which are normal human behavior – rather, it’s the fear or total irrational aversion to certain forms of human contact.

Depression

More than 15 million Americans struggle with major depression, and several million more struggles with depressive symptoms, falling somewhere along the depression spectrum. Another term for the depression spectrum is mood disorders, a collection of different disorders related to depression and depressive symptoms, from manic depression to cyclothymia. The basic idea is that a mood disorder is one where your regular ups and downs are replaced by severe ups and downs, or just a lot of really bad downs.

Depression isn’t just feeling sad, or having a down-time emotionally. We naturally experience quite a few of the symptoms of a depression while mourning and grieving the loss of a loved one, or while coping with a sad event that might’ve severely affected us. Yet our natural inclination is to live through that depressive period, then recover and move on. It might make us a little solemn or sad to think about it, but it’s over.

Major depression may develop because of a traumatic event, or completely on its own, and major depression is diagnosed by exhibiting several depressive symptoms for much longer than is normal.

A depression can pass on its own, or become a lifelong problem. Depression isn’t a joke or just a matter of feeling sad – severe depression includes regular thoughts of hopelessness and suicide and instances of self-harm. Depression is the leading cause of disability among young people, stripping people of the will to live and the motivation to work. And it’s a growing problem among our youth.

Treating depression isn’t easy. Not only can it take a long time to make progress through therapy and medication, but those struggling with depression quite often also struggle with anxiety or another mental disorder. Common symptoms, as a result, are an incredibly low self-esteem and trouble in social situations, ranging from extreme shyness to fear of contact.

Another common form of depression is manic depression, which was formerly known as bipolar disorder. While it’s a separate diagnosis from major depression, both occur on the depressive spectrum. Manic depression is best described as a severe depression with manic episodes – these are basically episodes of extreme elation and a hyper confidence that often inspires recklessness.

Among the roughly 5.7 million Americans struggling with manic depression, the experience is generalized as swinging between severe sadness and euphoria, but a manic state can often translate into abject fear and paranoia rather than happiness. It’s important to understand that – it’s not really accurate to describe manic depression as a mix of happy and sad, it’s a bit more complicated than that.

Mania and happiness aren’t the same things – mania is a state of mental hyperactivity, the opposite of a depressive phase, where instead of a lack of motivation you find yourself motivated towards anything. However, this is also highlighted by over activity and delusions of grandeur, which can make for a scary combination. Even in less severe cases, such a cyclothymia – a much milder manic depression – neither the depressive nor manic symptoms are typically appreciated.

Eating Disorders

Last on this list and a fairly commonly diagnosed set of disorders are eating disorders. Typically, when we think about an eating disorder, we picture bulimia or anorexia. However, binge eating is also an incredibly potent issue among Americans and a driving factor in other mental disorders and general health issues.

An eating disorder is any mental disorder characterized by severe irregularities with the way a person eats food and handles their weight. Extreme fluctuations in weight gain and weight loss, as well as periods of starvation or binge-eating, are signs of an eating disorder. Eating disorders are highly treatable, if diagnosed properly and addressed with the proper medication and treatment for the job.

About 30 million Americans have an eating disorder, a drastic percentage of which are female, minorities and/or transgender. While over half of the diagnosed cases of bulimia in the country are at least partially genetically caused, stress is a massive factor in the development of an eating disorder. Like substance abuse, sometimes it’s a matter of maladaptive behavior – short-term reward, long-term damage. This is especially true for cases of a binge eating disorder, where roughly half of all cases is diagnosed alongside either anxiety, depression, or both.

The statistics are alarming, both for anorexia/bulimia and binge eating. Other less common eating disorders such as restrictive food intake and diabulimia are also taking their toll on the American population – and our general solution is support and therapy. Medication does less in cases of an eating disorder than it might for other disorders, perhaps due to the complex nature of how an eating disorder develops.

When it’s not genetic, eating disorders may be related to a low self-esteem and major body issues, including a powerful feeling of self-consciousness regarding personal weight, and body dysmorphia – an anxiety disorder that causes someone to see themselves in a highly negative and different light from reality, from feeling inadequate in size and weight to considering a minor personal imperfection as a highly visible flaw.

Treating Our Mental Illnesses

Mental illness is a highly individual manner, where every case has its own nuances and unique circumstances that make diagnosis and treatment challenging. Sometimes, we like to make sweeping allegations and simplistic statements about certain disorders to help simplify the complex, but that only hurts the credibility of psychology. It’s a lot more realistic to think about these disorders as categories of related symptoms, many of which are closely related and tie into a problem solved by a specific set of therapies and medication.

There are some generalities that can be said about mental disorders, though. For one, a mental disorder is never guaranteed. People can go through untold amounts of trauma and not develop PTSD. Some people still develop high levels of anxiety without having experienced trauma or abuse.

While one breakup might’ve been enough to set off a depression, that doesn’t mean the next one will do the same for the same person. There are too many factors and too many variables to give a perfect explanation of how any individual case of mental illness came to pass – the best we can do is help you understand why you might’ve been affected, and what options you have towards getting better.

Things get even more complicated when you realize that many of these disorders – such as anxiety, depression, and bulimia – act together, making a clear diagnosis tough to call. It’s important not to get too hung up on labels – what we call things doesn’t ultimately matter when we focus on tackling an individual’s problem as a whole.

Applying Positive Psychology for Long-Lasting Healing

Applying Positive Psychology for Long-Lasting Healing

Positivity as a form of mental health treatment has become prominent with the rise in understanding how thinking, feeling and behavior are related, and how the three can help each other achieve a different state of mind.

For example, in cases of major depression, positive psychology can be a long-term treatment tool to improve the symptoms of depression, including boosting a client’s self-esteem, eliminating self-destructive behavior and maladaptive coping mechanisms, and ultimately suppressing or overwhelming negative thoughts and moods.

It’s not as immediately effective as medication but is rather seen as a sort of tool meant to exploit the brain’s ability to shape our reality by continuously repeating positive thoughts and actions until they become a part of us and improve our mental well-being.

At least, that’s the rough long and short of it. As I said, applied positive psychology is a college course in many places and there are online mini-libraries dedicated to the topic. So, for our intents and purposes, it’ll be much easier to just touch upon what you need to know to get the most out of the concept in your everyday life, regardless of whether you’re affected by a mental illness, or if you know someone who is.

As I said, applied positive psychology is a college course in many places and there are online mini-libraries dedicated to the topic. So, for our intents and purposes, it’ll be much easier to just touch upon what you need to know to get the most out of the concept in your everyday life, regardless of whether you’re affected by a mental illness, or if you know someone who is.

What is Positive Psychology?

As mentioned, positive psychology is the practice of using positive thinking and actions to improve a depressed or negative patient’s mental well-being. Positive psychology has two basic approaches or points: the first is the understanding, identification, and elimination of negative pathological thinking. The second is the implementation of positive thinking to combat said negativity.

For reference, pathological thinking is emotional or compulsive thinking – logical thinking is its counterpart, and is often a big part of positive psychology. By convincing ourselves logically that the reality of a situation is much less grim than we make it out to be, we can contradict our pathological thoughts with concrete evidence of positivity, and reinforce our own positivity over negativity. That way we beat out pathological negativity, or “chronic despair”.

By convincing ourselves logically that the reality of a situation is much less grim than we make it out to be, we can contradict our pathological thoughts with concrete evidence of positivity, and reinforce our own positivity over negativity. That way we beat out pathological negativity, or “chronic despair”.

Hopelessness and despair are big aspects of depression and other mental illnesses. When you’re languishing in the combined symptoms and stigma of your mental diagnosis, it can be hard to be anything but grim. Positive psychology has thus developed as a symptom of therapeutic tools, practices and philosophies to change a person’s mindset to reintroduce hope, and combat irrational negativity.

When you’re languishing in the combined symptoms and stigma of your mental diagnosis, it can be hard to be anything but grim. Positive psychology has thus developed as a symptom of therapeutic tools, practices and philosophies to change a person’s mindset to reintroduce hope, and combat irrational negativity.

The Difference Between Being Positive and Always Being Positive

Because of the popularity of positive thinking and positivity as a major part of a person’s well-being, there has been a lot of criticism around positive psychology as being a form of self-delusion, often for the sake of perceived happiness in truly desperate situations. It has also been considered a snake oil tactic.

It has also been considered a snake oil tactic.

There are people out there who peddle positivity as the end-all-be-all panacea to any situation – even a perfectly fine situation. This is a false understanding of how positivity should be applied on a psychological level. You see, it’s perfectly fine to be sad. It’s fine to be pessimistic at times. It’s fine to be angry, and discontent with where you are in life. You’re not meant to be happy with a crappy situation.

This is a false understanding of how positivity should be applied on a psychological level. You see, it’s perfectly fine to be sad. It’s fine to be pessimistic at times. It’s fine to be angry, and discontent with where you are in life. You’re not meant to be happy with a crappy situation.

You’re not meant to be happy with a crappy situation.

Positive psychology is about overwhelming negative pathological thinking. It’s about introducing hope in hopelessness. It’s about giving you the mental fortitude to get out of a desperate situation – it’s not about making you happy with a bad place in life, or about robbing you of the ability to resist and get angry. Positive thinking is also about improving your own self-esteem – which only promotes the healthy application of frustration and resistance to manipulation.

It’s about introducing hope in hopelessness. It’s about giving you the mental fortitude to get out of a desperate situation – it’s not about making you happy with a bad place in life, or about robbing you of the ability to resist and get angry. Positive thinking is also about improving your own self-esteem – which only promotes the healthy application of frustration and resistance to manipulation.

Being positive in the light of a tragedy doesn’t mean robbing yourself of the chance to grieve. It’s about keeping yourself from spiraling into a depression because of the loss of a loved one or significant figure.

It’s about keeping yourself from spiraling into a depression because of the loss of a loved one or significant figure.

There are many cases where nuance and context are very important when considering applied positivity – and a lot of people out there “peddling” positivity as means to build their social media profile or sell branded merchandise are rather ham-fisted in their “teaching method”. This is where professional psychology becomes important, especially in the application of positivity as an actual treatment for mental illness.

The lessons in positive psychology are relevant to everyone, but only in a deeply personal way. Not every part of positive psychology and optimism will resonate with you, and that’s fine. The last thing a philosophy around positivity should do is force itself upon you, or ask you to do the forcing.

Not every part of positive psychology and optimism will resonate with you, and that’s fine. The last thing a philosophy around positivity should do is force itself upon you, or ask you to do the forcing.

How Your Mindset Affects Lasting Healing

“Lasting healing” sounds a bit New Age, and that’s understandable. But this has nothing to do with carrying around crystals for better chakra balance – lasting healing is exactly what it says it is, long-term improvement in mental health.

But this has nothing to do with carrying around crystals for better chakra balance – lasting healing is exactly what it says it is, long-term improvement in mental health.

Lasting healing happens in many ways, typically personal ways. To be more specific, an addict may derive lasting healing through group therapy by depositing their fears and worries in a circle of trust, while hearing the thoughts and motivating stories of others. From that, they derive the strength to stay sober. That’s a form of lasting healing from substance use.

To be more specific, an addict may derive lasting healing through group therapy by depositing their fears and worries in a circle of trust, while hearing the thoughts and motivating stories of others. From that, they derive the strength to stay sober. That’s a form of lasting healing from substance use.

For depression, lasting healing might come through physical therapy and lifestyle changes. Lasting healing is not achieved through short-term solutions like medication, detoxification or treatment camps. These are solutions meant to build a foundation upon which lasting healing can be achieved. The distinction is important.

Lasting healing is not achieved through short-term solutions like medication, detoxification or treatment camps. These are solutions meant to build a foundation upon which lasting healing can be achieved. The distinction is important.

Positive psychology is conducive to lasting healing. It’s a branch of psychology dedicated to long-term change in mindset and thinking, and as such, it’s something that isn’t just dependent on outside factors like therapy but can be perpetuated through personal habits and discipline. And as we know, long-term beats short-term. Positive psychology will give someone with mental health issues the tools and type of thinking needed to eventually overcome the diagnosis without a dependence on treatments.

It’s a branch of psychology dedicated to long-term change in mindset and thinking, and as such, it’s something that isn’t just dependent on outside factors like therapy but can be perpetuated through personal habits and discipline. And as we know, long-term beats short-term. Positive psychology will give someone with mental health issues the tools and type of thinking needed to eventually overcome the diagnosis without a dependence on treatments.

This is because of the obvious conclusion that your mindset affects your mind. Even if you suffer a disorder, caused by something like genetics, chronic stress or an excessive absorption of serotonin, the way you think and the way you act affects the way you feel, and changes who you are. It can be something as simple as doing a little exercising at home and changing your posture, or as extensive as doing hypnotherapy, changing your career path or going through a huge personal transformation.

Even if you suffer a disorder, caused by something like genetics, chronic stress or an excessive absorption of serotonin, the way you think and the way you act affects the way you feel, and changes who you are. It can be something as simple as doing a little exercising at home and changing your posture, or as extensive as doing hypnotherapy, changing your career path or going through a huge personal transformation.

It can also involve positive language, empathic assertiveness, and little lingual exercises that change how you communicate with others, and in turn, changes the way you use language – a powerful tool for changing yourself. Positivity in psychology as a genuine means for long-term management of mental illness and improvement in various mental conditions has only really been a stance in the world of psychiatry for a few decades, specifically when Martin Seligman became President of the APA in the late 90s.

Happiness and positivity as a tool for mental health aren’t just useful when tackling the difficulties of mental diagnoses and disorders, though. It can be a helpful tool to anyone.

What We Can All Learn from Positive Psychology

Positive psychology isn’t just a treatment or a cure – it’s a preventative measure as well. See it as a form of herbal medicine – not just does it speed up the healing process, but involving it in your diet means you’re probably not going to be getting as sick as often.

See it as a form of herbal medicine – not just does it speed up the healing process, but involving it in your diet means you’re probably not going to be getting as sick as often.

In the same vein, positive psychology can be applied to anyone to make use of its benefits. Remember – it’s not about always being positive, or always being happy, or about deceiving yourself into feeling a certain way about something when you really don’t feel that way. When you apply positive psychology to yourself, however, it carries a different name: optimism.

Remember – it’s not about always being positive, or always being happy, or about deceiving yourself into feeling a certain way about something when you really don’t feel that way. When you apply positive psychology to yourself, however, it carries a different name: optimism.

The practice of applied positive psychology in an official scientific sense is a collection of different treatment tools and philosophies that involve the application of positive thinking to help clients deal with their condition and diagnosis. It’s about applying positivity to overpower the unnatural amounts of negativity produced by the symptoms of a mental illness.

It’s about applying positivity to overpower the unnatural amounts of negativity produced by the symptoms of a mental illness.

Optimism, however, can help us do better at work, become better time managers, and feel much more passionate about everything we do. Optimism doesn’t just do wonders in helping you create a new outlook – it allows you to fuel the need and motivation to improve your life, and improve where you are in life. Optimism isn’t complacency or delusion. With optimism, we can derive the mental strength needed to push through failure and disappointment and keep striving for a better job, a better home, a better setting for our family, and better health.

Optimism doesn’t just do wonders in helping you create a new outlook – it allows you to fuel the need and motivation to improve your life, and improve where you are in life. Optimism isn’t complacency or delusion. With optimism, we can derive the mental strength needed to push through failure and disappointment and keep striving for a better job, a better home, a better setting for our family, and better health.

Optimism can also be a great way to know when enough is enough. You can achieve security and happiness with where you are without wanting an excessive amount of everything, or anything.

You can achieve security and happiness with where you are without wanting an excessive amount of everything, or anything.

Think of optimism as better confidence in your abilities and your situation – through that way of thinking, you can earn your way through life with improved charisma and performance, and avoid despair when the going gets tough.

Positivity affects social abilities, confidence, personality, and in turn can affect you physically by reducing stress, encouraging exercise and better consumption habits, and discourage unnecessary risk-taking, dishonesty, manipulation or even addiction. It can also greatly improve your abilities at work, by improving your concentration, removing the distractions of worry and fear, and replacing them with mindfulness and a non-excessive self-consciousness that allows you to just slip into a mindset conducive to getting things done.

It can also greatly improve your abilities at work, by improving your concentration, removing the distractions of worry and fear, and replacing them with mindfulness and a non-excessive self-consciousness that allows you to just slip into a mindset conducive to getting things done.

That doesn’t mean there is no room for pessimism as a way to achieve positive results (through “defensive worrying”, for example). But on the topic of positivity, it can be applied in a non-clinical sense.

On a community’s level, positive psychology is essential for a thriving community. Through it, people can feel more comfortable within their role in society, they’ll be more open to helping each other, and to accepting positive changes in the community for the sake of everyone in it.

Through it, people can feel more comfortable within their role in society, they’ll be more open to helping each other, and to accepting positive changes in the community for the sake of everyone in it.

However, just hearing about positivity as a means to feel not just better about what you have, but helping you get to where you want to go and achieve self-growth, isn’t enough.

Here are a couple ways positive psychology is applied clinically, as well as how you can apply positive psychology in your own life.

Applying Positive Psychology

Clinically, positive psychology is present in several different treatments. Positive intervention and talk therapy are two very significant examples.

Positive intervention and talk therapy are two very significant examples.

Intervention involves helping a client realize their unhappiness and instilling in them the resolve to turn things around, and the hope necessary to get started in doing so. Positive intervention isn’t meant to make someone feel worse about who they are but instead is meant to give them something to look forward to a goal for the future. Examples of positive intervention could be in helping someone get the motivation they need to adopt healthy habits and quit an addiction or overcome their trauma by accepting and focusing on PTSD treatment.

Examples of positive intervention could be in helping someone get the motivation they need to adopt healthy habits and quit an addiction or overcome their trauma by accepting and focusing on PTSD treatment.

Positive interventions are events wherein a trained psychologist will use their understanding of positive psychology to help a client realize on their own that they need to do something, and help point them in the right direction.

Talk therapy, on the other hand, is also known as psychotherapy and involves various forms of conversation between a client and their therapist, typically as a means of overcoming pathological thinking and replacing maladaptive habits with healthier, smarter coping mechanisms.

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a very common and popular form of talk therapy, and it’s also a form of applied positive clinical psychology. Through CBT, thoughts of hopelessness are replaced and new, positive perspectives are created, fostering the kind of mental state needed to overpower a mental disorder.

Applying positive psychology in a non-clinical setting as part of a form of self-treatment to get to flourishing as a person involves the same principles, but a different approach. Instead of seeking therapy, you can immediately benefit from applied positive psychology by audibly giving thanks and expressing gratitude, by complimenting others and focusing on your own strengths, and by being more open-minded towards the idea of kindness, rather than shutting down any attempt towards charity.

It’s also about knowing where the limits of healthy anger stop – it’s about being able to vent frustration in a way that doesn’t end up hurting you, and it’s about knowing when it’s time to forgive, and when forgiveness is not an option.

As mentioned previously, applying positivity in your own life is deeply personal, and you yourself choose how to approach being positive.