Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice as Arsenal beat Burnley at Turf Moor, but the Gunners failed to finish in the top four for the third successive season. Unai Emery’s side secured fifth place meaning they go straight into the Europa League group stage next season. And they can still qualify for the Champions League if they beat Chelsea in the Europa League final on 29 May in Baku. Aubameyang, who scored a hat-trick on Thursday as Arsenal beat Valencia in the Europa League semi-finals, finished the season with 22 league goals. That saw him tie for the Premier League Golden Boot with Liverpool duo Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.
Ben Mee gifted Aubameyang his first, miscontrolling a pass from Jack Cork to allow the Gabon striker to run in and slot past Tom Heaton on 52 minutes. He then lashed in a volley from close range 11 minutes later and should have had a hat-trick, but with the goal at his mercy, he poked wide. Burnley, who had already secured a fourth straight season in the Premier League, pulled one back as Ashley Barnes met Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s pass with a glancing header. Arsenal’s 19-year-old forward Eddie Nketiah added a third with the last play of the game in the 95th minute as he poked the ball through Heaton’s legs.
To finish in the top four, Arsenal needed to beat Burnley and hope rivals lost against Tottenham – while also achieving an eight-goal swing. As it was, Spurs drew 2-2 with Everton to take the final Champions League place, a point ahead of Arsenal. They have now finished below Tottenham in three consecutive league campaigns for the first time since a run of nine seasons from 1959-60 to 1967-1968. The Burnley win did at least snap a run of four games without a win in the league. Emery made nine changes from the side that beat Valencia 4-2, with only Aubameyang and Nacho Monreal keeping their place.
When it comes to how we feel, we can often find ourselves in a situation where our mindset can take over, and because of that are actions in life can become affected. There is no hiding from the fact that your mind is a powerful tool and when you are in a good place in terms of how you think and feel, it can make a massive difference. But what tools and techniques can you use? What could help you change your mindset? Here are some options to help.
Try different types of exercise
One of the first things that you could try is exercise. Exercise has been a proven method to help improve your mindset and your wellbeing. The one thing is can do for you is clear your mind of cluttered thoughts and negativity. Which then allows you to understand your feelings more clearly. Exercise could be anything from a full on workout in the gym, to a leisurely walk with your dog. A yoga class or a run in the local park. Do something that makes you active and increases your heart rate lightly, or gets you pushing your body in different ways. You will start to see the difference it can make.
Turn to faith
When people are going through a particularly tough time, they can often turn to faith as a way of dealing with it. The bible tends to have a paragraph or two that can relate or be associated with all aspects of life. There might also be cause for looking into things such as Critical Spirit that can help you to reassociate your feelings and understand your mindset clearly. Faith can be something you explore on your own, or at a church congregation.
Meditation and mindfulness
Another option to consider would be meditation. Meditation is a way of calming your mind and your thoughts. You take some time to really clear your mind, and focus on your breathing and your feelings. It is part of mindfulness and a way of being more aware of how you feel. Meditation isn’t the only way to be mindful, you can be mindful in your daily life. Thinking about your life and how you live it, making better choices when it comes to stress and being aware of how you feel.
A positive thought process and changing negative habits
Finally, the way you think can be a big indicator into your feelings and current state of your mind. A negative mindset will only lead on to more negativity. Whereas changing your thought process can be a great way to ensure that you have a more positive outlook on life. It may seem forced at first, but the best advice would be to put a positive spin on any thought that you have. Habits will soon change and things will become more natural.
Let’s hope that this has you thinking about some of the ways that you can take care of your mindset and understand your feelings better.