How to Stay Positive8:21 AM
I think that we can all agree that it's impossible to stay positive 100% of the time. If we enjoyed failure and sadness, something would seem seriously wrong with us. The truth is that bad things happen and we can't control them or the emotions that follow.
I think a good thing to do when you're in situations like this is take a step back from what's going on and have some 'you'-time. (I'm one of those crazy 'me'-time people...it helps, I promise). It helps to remind yourself of the little things that you have going for you, and they can truly bring you back to a more positive place.
~ Listen to a happy song. Dance along.- I'm a strong believer that if everyone were to dance to one song a day, we'd be rid of a lot of problems.
- Here are some suggestions:
Better together - Jack Johnson
Without Love - Hairspray Cast
Girl Almighty - One Direction
Accidentally in Love - Counting Crows
Our Song - Taylor Swift
~ Read some inspirational quotes.
- I find that reading some of these can really boost my motivation and the way I feel. It's good to remind yourself of your values, morals, and goals. Find a few and tape them to your desk, wall, fridge, or anywhere else that you know you'll see everyday or when you're feeling down.
~ Go on Pinterest.- What's better than some good looking food, crafts, and outfits?
~ Eat a small piece of chocolate.- This is kind of cheating because it will release endorphins in your brain, but that's why you only eat a small piece. It gives you a kick start.
~ Drink a glass of water.- Water is cleansing, and we rarely get enough of it. Sometime I find that drinking some water can offer me a fresh start. Put some lemons, cucumbers, oranges, etc. in your water for some extra fresh taste.
~ Take a shower.- Ditto to everything I said about water. We all need clean starts sometimes.
~ Wear a cute outfit.- Look good, feel good. Am I right?
~ Read a book/ Do something you enjoy.- Book suggestions:
Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell
The Glass Castle - Jeannette Walls
Anna and the French Kiss - Stephanie Perkins
The House on Mango Street - Sandra Cisneros
Maya's Notebook - Isabel Allende
A Little Something Different - Sandy Hall
~ Paint your nails.
- Maybe do something fun or peaceful - pinks, yellows, blues, lavenders. This would give you some time to think and also give you a fresh and clean feeling :)
~ Exercise.- Exercising rids our body of toxins and also boosts our endorphins. It's good to try to sweat at least once a day, but a lot of us might not have time for that. Try to get out for a walk if it's nice, or check out a fun YouTube video.
~ Surround yourself with happy people.- This can be hard, because everyone is going through different things. Don't rely solely on one person to be your "happy" person...everyone has bad days. Find a group of people that you can be around, even at different times. Talk positivity with them, I find that this really helps.
~ Smile. Even if it's just in the mirror to yourself.- Sometimes you just have to look yourself in the eyes, say "I can do this," and spread a smile across your face. I feel much brighter when I do :) Smile at others as well, this can spread positivity and make yourself feel good at the same time.
Let me know what your favorite ways to stay positive are in the comments! Thanks for reading, if you made it this far :)