Mental Health Tip: Keep Calm and Stay Positive
Sometimes it can be really hard to stay positive. You might’ve gotten some bad news or things just aren’t going your way, but It’s okay to struggle. What matters most is being able to find a way out of the funk. I know I struggle to stay positive when I’ve just had bad news dumped on me. Trust me, I’ll be applying the tips in this post to my own life! I’m sure we could all use a bit more positivity in our lives.
Positive affirmations are a way to retrain your thoughts to be less negative and more positive. Try affirmations targeted to the aspects of your thoughts you want to change. It’s not enough to just repeat the affirmations. To make them work you really need to try to believe in them. Incorporate them into your life and change your mindset. Developing Good Habits has a great comprehensive list of affirmations to try. You can check them out here.
Take Care of Yourself
Make sure that you are healthy. You can better deal with things it a positive and constructive way when you’ve developed good self-care habits. Make sure you’re eating a balanced diet and drinking enough water. It’s hard to be positive when you’re eating junk food all the time and you feel like Jabba the Hutt. For all of my geek out there that got that ref
Start an exercise routine and stick with it. You’ll feel more positive about yourself once you get into shape and proud of yourself for sticking to it. Exercise is also a great way to get rid of any stress you might be dealing with. If you feel good
Humor makes everything a little easier to deal with. Having a good sense of humor can help you cope and find a silver lining in hard times. Positivity can be hard to maintain even in the best of times. So, if humor can help during the worst of times, imagine what it can do in the good times.
Everyone has that one funny friend who is always cracking jokes and making every situation a little better. It’s pretty darn hard to be negative around them right? That’s the point! Be that person for yourself.
Focus on the Facts
Sometimes we can mentally blow the whole situation out of proportion or only focus on the bad. When you take a step back you might see that the situation really isn’t as bad as you think. What are the facts about the situation? How does that fit in with the thoughts running through your head? Use the facts to destroy those negative and panicked thoughts. Don’t focus on the ‘what if’s. It won’t do you any good and when they don’t happen, you’ve just wasted time.
Write down a list of things you’re grateful for. If you’re in a bad mood or just feeling really negative, it might be hard to start. I’ll give you the first one for free: toilet paper. Yup, it’s that easy. Go on from there and after a while, you’ll notice that you’re more focused on the things you appreciate
Nothing gives me the warm and fuzzies like helping somebody else. It’s been proven that kindness makes you happy. Check out this article if you don’t believe me. It’s a pretty short hop from happiness to positivity! It’s a win-win. Your kindness can make somebody’s day and