Sometimes life can get a bit hard. Things can get on top of you and it can be really hard to see the positive, as opposed to the negative.
The following are some handy tips on how to stay positive in life when it seems that all is against you…
Ditch the TV and online addiction
Today we’re surrounded by negativity. You might not think so, but we’re bombarded with information from all round – social media, the TV, newspapers, magazines… And sad though it sounds, these mediums just love to tell us about the ‘bad’ stuff in life.
From a celebrity divorce to why Princess Diana died (yes, even now, all those years after her death), from a super-star’s fall from grace to the ridiculing of folk on TV talent shows – this all paints a negative atmosphere.
And while immersing yourself in this stuff is OK in moderation, constant input of this type really is damaging to your own feelings of positivity.
So try to limit yourself to the amount of this ‘trash’ information that you ingest. Instead, actively seek out the good things that are reported on. You know – the feel good stories that are out there (even if they take a bit of finding) will have a much more positive influence on your outlook. And make you feel much happier too.
Create a positive environment in which to live
It’s all too easy to surround ourselves with people who bring us down. So if you find that your ‘friends’ are being critical towards you, or constantly making negative comments that make you feel bad about yourself, then maybe it’s time to find some new one.
We are the average of the people we spend the most time with. So it’s crucial to ensure that these people lift you up – and aren’t the type who simply bring you down.
Look after yourself
Do you eat properly? Do you eat enough (or too much)? Does your diet consist of healthy items – such as fruit and veg? Or do you exist on take outs and Maccy D’s?
Boring though it might sound, if you don’t provide yourself with the correct nutrition to function correctly, this really can have a massive negative effect on your life.
Now, we’re not saying that you need to become a diet Nazi – in fact, just the opposite. It’s fine to splurge out on treats and/or junk food once in a while. Just not all the time. As long as your diet in general is healthy (and this means the correct amount of protein, carbs, vitamins, minerals etc.), then having a treat now and then can also be a positivity boost.
Do something physical on a regular basis
OK, we’re not advising that you sell your soul to the local gym (unless that’s what you want to do). But undertaking some kind of physical activity on a regular basis really will help you stay positive.
Walk the dog. Join a sports team. Dance while you vacuum. Play running games with the kids… As you can see, there are plenty of ways to stay physically active without having to make too much effort.
Physical activity releases endorphins in the brain – the body’s natural ‘drug’ that makes you feel good. That’s why you always feel better after having exercised. And if you can find a way to exercise on a regular basis without feeling like it’s structured, so much the better.
Focus on solutions rather than obstructions
OK, so there’s always going to be thing in life that are difficult. But the way you approach these is crucial to your positivity levels. Rather than seeing such occurrences as a problem, take the viewpoint that they’re a ‘challenge’. And challenges require ways of looking for a solution.
This simple shift change in your thought pattern can have a truly life-changing effect. So next time life throws you a curve ball, focus on the solution you need to work on and how you can take action. This is far more empowering than letting it overwhelm you.
And remember, baby steps… You don’t have to work it all out right there and then. If the ‘solution’ is simply too overwhelming, then think about what small steps you can take that will begin to lead you in the right direction. And if that’s too big still, then focus on something even smaller.
Remember, as long as you’re heading in the right direction, it doesn’t matter how tiny the steps you take. It’s the fact that you’re moving forward that counts.
Do nice things for others
It can be oh-so-easy to get hung up on ourselves that we forget about the power of doing good for others. It really is true that if you put out good to others it can have a huge effect on how you view yourself.
And it doesn’t need to be anything big. It could simply be listening without judging, smiling at a stranger on the street, or looking after a friend’s child for an hour whilst they have a little time to themselves.
Of course, you could always do something a little more structured, like volunteering. This is a great way to do your bit of good for the world AND feel better about yourself.