Keeping positive is something I’m still working on myself, but following these tips has made it easier to practice. I’ve always admired people who choose to see the good in bad situations, and it’s a quality that I hope to master one day.
1. Surround yourself with positivity: You are what you surround yourself with, so keep positive, kind and generous people by your side. Find people who believe in you, are a joy to be with, and their loving presence nurtures and encourages you to always be your best. Don’t let yourself be treated poorly.
2. Develop a morning routine: Implementing a routine to my mornings was one of the best things I did for myself. It gives me structure and starts the day on a good note. As a part of my morning routine, I like to set my intention for the day, exercise/meditate (even if it’s just for 10 minutes), write my to-do lists, make a healthy breakfast and then start work.
3. Keep healthy: There are many studies proving that eating nutrient-dense foods will help you feel more positive and energetic. Eating better can also make you feel more confident with yourself, which will lead to a positive perspective. Food is fuel, and with a well-fueled body and mind, you’ll also be better equipped to deal with the inevitable stresses of life.
4. Express gratitude: Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships. It’s one of the most powerful qualities a person can hold. It helps us savor the good things in our lives and see them as gifts. There are many ways to cultivate gratitude, from showing appreciation for someone, returning kindness or keeping a gratitude journal.
5. Set goals: Having goals gives us motivation and a sense of accomplishment, which can encourage a positive perspective. Even starting with small goals can make you feel more confident and hopeful towards life.
6. De-clutter your space: In high school, I’d say my locker was a great representation of my general organisation and work ethic. A mess. Now, when I’m surrounded by mess and untidiness I feel disorientated and scattered. It’s amazing what a clean and organised workspace can do for your outlook.
7. Get enough sleep: Getting enough sleep can often determine your attitude for the day. I definitely notice a difference when I’ve had a sleepless night. I can’t think properly, everything feels harder to tackle and my ability to focus is close to non-existent. (P.s. sleeping tricks)
8. Spread positivity: Something as small as giving a compliment or pointing out the way for someone who seems lost can be a
way to spread a little bit of positivity. Our happiness comes from making other people happy, therefore building positive relationships and motivating others will make us feel good.
9. Never compare yourself: You know what they say, comparison is the thief of joy. Don’t worry about what anyone else is doing, focus on what you’re doing. You have nothing to gain from comparing your life to others. If you struggle with this, check out this article. It’s one of my favourites.
What are your tips for keeping positive? I’d love to hear them!