After a particularly stressful day it can be so hard to remind yourself to be positive. If you ever find yourself zapped of energy and feeling particularly negative, there are some things you can do to cheer yourself up. Being happy isn’t about quitting negativity cold turkey. Avoiding negativity altogether is impossible, but there are tons of tiny ways to bring a positive outlook back into focus. Here are 12 ways to help you stay positive!
1. Get rid of the sappy music
John Mayer is a great singer, I know. But if you want to be cheery, I’d suggest going for something a little more upbeat Anything that makes you want to dance will do the trick, why not try doing a little dance to get your groove back!
2. Let there be light
Open the blinds, open the windows even! Fresh air and natural light will flood the room with optimism. Cheesy but true.
3. Get it done
Creating a to-do list of things you don’t want to do will only bring worry and stress. So, instead of leaving the worst to last, get them over with first. You have to do it all anyways; start with the tasks that bother you and then you’ll be free to enjoy the rest of the day!
4. Keep busy
Boredom fosters worry. Even if you have to get out and run errands, buying groceries is thought-consuming and will prevent your mind from wandering to negativity.
5. Will power
Train your brain to think positively. It’s tricky and takes persistent practice. But when you see an opportunity for negativity, use that as a chance to focus on creating positive vibes.
6. Call a friend
A problem shared is a problem halved. Even if your friends can’t solve your problems for you, there is a sense of relief in verbalizing your worries. Talking can be therapy.
The scientific studies surrounding exercise and mental well-being are infinite. Go for a jog, play do some yoga, or join a gym. Any sort of movement can lift your spirits!
When we don’t get sufficient sleep, we start to lose focus and lack basic performance skills we usually have. Not only that, but we are entirely concerned about the fact that we didn’t get enough sleep, which takes our thoughts away from the moment. Have a nap!
9. Get a hobby
Find something you want to learn how to do or something you loved doing when you were young. Having a hobby in your back pocket will give you something to look forward to even when you’ve had a tough day.
10. Think before you speak
So many times, we regret things we’ve said that just ‘slipped out’. Oftentimes, our words can take on a snowball effect and have worsening repercussions. If you simply take one breath to replay your thoughts over in your mind, you might stop yourself from saying something that could be detrimental later on.
Although we all hate it, finances can be a major source of negativity. Don’t let yourself get into a bad place because the numbers don’t balance. Plan ahead and work it all out, you might even have a little extra cash to treat yourself!
12. Get dressed
What you wear says a lot about how you think of yourself. Wear what suits you, not what’s trendy. Wear what makes you feel good. Wear something that exudes confidence. If you can’t look in the mirror and smile at your own fabulousness, it’s not the right outfit.