Learning how to be more positive does not happen instantly. It can take a while. I believe that some people are just born and raised to think more positively than others, but I also believe, more like know, that everyone has their off days, sometimes for no apparent reason. Whether it’s your inner thoughts, or your environment that you feel is pulling you down, don’t let it keep you from living your best life. Here are some steps that I have personally used in my life to help me become a happier and healthier person, both mentally and physically. But, let me say that I’m not an expert on happiness. I’m not a doctor or psychologist or healer, etc. These tips are just things that I use if I feel myself starting to get into a down state of mind. If I feel myself start to become too stressed out, drained, anxious, or simply if I’m not feeling like myself, I’ll always notice right away and try to assess my situation I’m in, pinpoint why I feel a certain way, and crush that negativity. I hope this helps you do the same!
Inspire Yourself by Growing Your Mind
Reading is an incredibly powerful tool that not everyone possesses. Sometimes we forget how lucky we are to have access to proper education, and the opportunity to read, learn, and educate ourselves. Sure, the school system is pretty messed up and it sucks no matter what education level you’re at, but I truly believe that it’s so important to harness what you learn in school and grow mentally outside of school. If you’re feeling down, pick up a book, read some inspiring quotes, check out a new blogger you’ve never heard of. Or, if you’re not a huge reader, then listen to an audio book, watch your favorite Youtuber, or pop on a new show, maybe even something you feel like you would never normally watch, it could surprise you. Constantly be in search of ways to grow your mind. This seems like a pretty time consuming process, but I promise you it’s not. The more you know, the better you’ll feel about yourself and the world around you, and you’ll learn to not take it for granted.
Change Up Your Routine
Change can be scary. A lot of people are so used to their normal morning routine that half don’t even know is a morning routine. Get up, have coffee, go to work, talk with your coworkers, come home, watch tv, sleep, repeat. If you feel yourself getting into a rut or feeling stuck, change it up! Instead of waking up and going to work, wake up early and stretch, do some yoga, go for a jog, etc. Instead of getting your usually coffee at Starbucks, order something different, or try a new coffee spot. Changing up your life engages your brain more and more with each new task you do. I know that I often will feel stuck where ever I’m at or whatever I’m doing if I don’t change up my lifestyle. I think that’s another reason why I love travelling so much, it forces me out of my comfort zone and into a new environment completely. But, if you can’t travel as much as you’d like, try a mini stay-cation. Switch it up and take care of yourself.
Get Your Fitness Mojo
I know I know, you’ve probably heard it a million times, “working out is really good for you”, now you’ve just heard it a million and one times! But, have you ever thought that the reason people say this is because it’s actually true? Working out releases a good amount of endorphins into the blood stream. You know who else has high endorphin levels? Happy people. This one little hormone in your body could be effecting your mood so much and most of us don’t think about that on a daily basis. Working out is not for everyone, and that’s ok. You don’t necessarily have to work out to have a healthy lifestyle. You can also do stretching exercises such as yoga or pilates, or even just walking down the street, or taking the stairs every one in a while. I’m not going to lie and tell you that I live for a healthy lifestyle every day of my life. There are plenty of days where all I want to do is lay in bed and order in some good pizza or sushi and call it a day. But, I’ve also noticed that once I start getting into that mindset of relaxing too much and not giving my body what it regularly needs, I start to sink into a negative mindset more easily. Drink plenty of water to hydrate the skin and look healthier, eat the things that make your body feel good for long periods of time, and get out and get your bloodstream pumping.
Be Patient With Yourself and Your Life
One huge tip I have for anyone who is feeling frustrated, is to just slow down. Slow down, look at where you’re at right now, figure out where you’d like to be, and make steps to get there. Easy to say right? I say that to myself all of the time, mainly because I’m a huge planner, but what a lot of people need to know is that it’s not exactly feasible to plan out your whole life. It’s ok to have goals and have plans for the future, but a lot of people end up getting frustrated when things don’t go their way, or if it’s not happening fast enough. Always make goals for yourself in order to continue growing your life in a positive way, but don’t go into it with high expectations. Always tell yourself that what you want, you can achieve, but not instantly. Let your life grow organically.
Look at the Bigger Picture
Right now you are, most likely, on planet earth. As well as all of your friends, family, coworkers, kids, spouse, your boss you hate, etc. It’s super easy to take our lives for granted. I know that I am guilty of this all of the time. We can get in bad moods and start feeling negative about our lives and the world almost instantly that we tend to forget about the real positives. Sure, you may not be able to afford your dream vacation right now, or you may not get into that school you wanted to get into, or maybe you didn’t get that promotion you were counting on. If you woke up this morning and you’re still breathing, then you’re lucky. If you still have people in your life that you love or care about, then you’re lucky. Look at the greater picture around you. I know that things can suck in life but it’s only temporary. Everything is temporary. Change isn’t always good and it isn’t always bad, that’s why we have to keep reminding ourselves what we’re grateful for and to not focus on the negativity, because you only have one life. Live it the way you want.
Always remember to work hard and be nice,
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