7 simple ways to stay positive
Times are tough but, guess what? So are you! If you struggle to stay positive during times of change and adversity, here’s 7 tips we hope will help calm your mind and help you to focus on the good rather than the bad. You got this!
1) Get moving
You may think that exercise is all about sculpting killer abs or losing weight but, nope - moving your body benefits your mind too! It's ecommended that adults take part in at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week – this could be anything from a Pilates home-workout, a brisk walk to clear your head on your lunch break or a quick HIIT session in your garden. You don’t need to lock yourself away in the gym for hours on end for it to count! When you exercise, your body releases hormones called endorphins, which trigger positive feelings to your brain, so ensuring you cram in 20-30 minutes of exercise per day could really help lift your mood and keep you healthy and fit too.
2) Do a good deed
Lending someone in need a helping hand is a great way to boost your positivity. Not only will you be putting a smile on someone else’s face, but you’ll feel good doing it! It doesn’t have to be anything huge – it could be as simple as grabbing some groceries for an elderly relative who struggles to get out and about or sending a small gift to a friend going through a tough time. When you see how happy your good deed makes them feel, it’s sure to put a spring in your step.
3) Have a chat
We know it can be hard but it’s so important to keep communicating when you’re feeling low. Bottling up your feelings will only result in you feeling even worse. We all need an outlet, so rely on close friends and family when you need to chat and try to be as open as possible. It may seem daunting at first, especially if sharing your emotions is an absolute no-no to you, but you’ll feel so much better for it! Often, talking your problems over with someone close to you allows you to put things into perspective and you’re likely realise that whatever you were overthinking or worrying about isn’t half as bad as you thought. And, if it is, then at least you’ll have a helping hand to help you deal with the issue – a problem shared, is a problem halved!
4) Start a gratitude journal
Gratitude is hard to come across, especially in a day and age where we tend to take most things for granted. But, acknowledging everything you’re grateful for is a great way to put things into perspective. Some find starting a gratitude journal does wonders for their positivity! Simply start your day by jotting down a few things you’re grateful for – it could be the support of family and friends at a tough time in your life or something as simple as the fact that the sun is shining! Then, end your day by noting down one or two good things that happened to you that day. Again, it doesn’t need to be anything major; it could be something as a small as cooking your favourite dinner but, if it put a smile on your face, then it’s worth jotting down. Then, when you’re feeling down, reflect on your notes and let them put into perspective how many positive things you have going on in your life.
5) Create a calm environment
If your home is chaotic then no wonder your mind is! Ensuring your surroundings are as tidy and organised as possible is a great way to encourage relaxation. Now, we’re not saying everything needs to be pristine, but tidy away any clutter, light some candles and maybe spruce up your décor by ordering some new home furnishings (who doesn’t love a cosy throw?!) and you’re sure to feel more relaxed. Making sure your space is organised is a great way to increase your productivity too, especially if you work from home.
6) Focus on the present
Is your brain working overtime? If worries and ‘what ifs’ are consuming your thoughts, then trying to focus on the present moment might help. It’s not easy, especially if you’re anxious or a natural worrier, but taking each day at a time and trying to avoid thinking too far ahead is so important when trying to reign in those negative thoughts. Just remember, you can’t change what hasn’t already happened, so try not to waste your energy overthinking what may (or may not!) happen.
7) Surround yourself with positive people
You know that friend that always seems to see the good in people? Or that colleague who reacts calmly to high pressure situations while you panic your way through an existential crisis? Surround yourself with these people. Lean on them when you’re feeling your lowest and learn from their outlook on life. You’ll never grasp the importance of positivity if you continue to associate with people who consistently bitch, moan and wallow, so sort out your circle and hang on to those who make it their mission to look on the bright side of life.
Gratitude images credit: Freshh Connection
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