Happy Friday Eve all! I hope your week has been a good one so far. Stopping in today to share 5 tips for staying positive. I think we all want to be positive people: to live life joyfully, to stay calm under pressure, to see the bright side of things…and yes, sometimes that’s really freaking hard. Things go wrong, people hurt us, we have a sleepless night, we don’t get the job we’ve been yearning for…so many aspects of life, so many circumstances can affect how we feel day to day. And of course, it’s natural and necessary to sometimes just have a bad day.
But, when you feel like you’re in a negativity rut, desperate to regain a positive outlook, try out these 5 things. I have found these are the 5 tricks I constantly use to keep myself hopeful, happy, and joyful.
Separate yourself from negativity: pretty obvious, but one of the easiest things to do when you want to live a positive life is to weed out the negative. Surround yourself with people (heck, or animals) who lift you up and make you smile. You have permission to protect your joy and your happiness, so if there are people in your life who tend to bring you down, who only want to engage in gossip, or complain, you have every right to give yourself space.
No, it’s not always possible to avoid every negative person or situation, but do the best you can. And check yourself…are you the one gossiping, or complaining? If so, nip it. I’m blessed to have a husband who will call me out immediately when my inner Negative Nancy starts to creep in. So moral of the story, nip the negativity, whether it’s stemming from you…or from others.
Be grateful: There is always, always something to be grateful for and expressing thanks for what we have is a sure way to change from negative to positive energy instantly. If you are breathing, you have something to be grateful for. If you have a roof over your head, you have something to be grateful for. If you ate a meal today, you have something to be grateful for.
When you’re feeling crabby, whip out a piece of paper and start writing down everything you are thankful for. I promise you’ll instantaneously feel more positive.
Let it go: This is a tough one, and one I have to constantly work on…but, when something doesn’t go right (you make a mistake at work, have an argument with someone, plans change last minute, or an opportunity doesn’t work out)… let it go.
You’re probably not going to be able to change the outcome, so move on. Dwelling on a problem or past situation will only zap you of energy. Learn from a mistake, take note of what you can do better next time, and forge on.
Do something every day that makes you smile: We’re programmed to go, go, go throughout the day and it’s rare that we’ll stop and do something for the pure joy of it. It can be tough to fit in leisurely activities or down time, but it’s possible.
Does coffee bring you joy? Good, instead of gulping your cup down, savor it, even if it’s for 5 minutes. Don’t be checking your emails and your to-do lists (that’s me!) when you’re sipping your morning cup o’ joe… take a moment to focus on the smell and the warmth of the coffee, savor the whole experience. Your to-do list and emails will still be there when you’re finished.
Other easy things: step outside to breathe during a lunch break, go for a quick walk, turn on your favorite song, flip through a fun magazine. It takes 5 minutes to do something just for you. And you deserve it.
Exercise: Well, I don’t think I’ve ever walked away from any workout and felt crabbier than when I started. Exercise gives us those feel-good endorphins. When you’re feeling blue, go for a walk, a run, pop in a yoga video, dance. When I really need to reconnect to my own positive energy, I take my workout outside. Bike rides and long walks or runs are my go-to’s when I need a spirit booster.
Nature is healing. Movement is healing. Combine the two and you’ll be glowing with positivity when you’re done.
Have a beautiful rest of your day!