6 Tips for Remaining Positive — No Matter What

I don’t often share my political views on this blog, but today (January 20, 2017) is a tough one for me.  I am very worried about the future of our country with a man like Donald Trump as President.  Then I took a look at the following guest post from Dixie Somers and I felt a little better.  I’m doing my best to stay positive by following Dixie’s six suggestions.  Check them out…

Sometimes it feels like we live in a world that is growing more and more cynical and pessimistic. Thanks to new technology like social media, we are more exposed than ever to the negative thoughts of those around us.

While it may feel tempting to give into the negativity around you, learning to stay positive despite your circumstances will lead to a much happier and more fulfilling life. Studies show that pessimism not only gets in the way of important life goals but that it can actually have negative effects on your health as well.

By following these six tips to staying positive, you will be able to approach anything that comes your way with optimism, hopefulness, and minimal anxiety.

1. Write a “Gratitude List” Each Day

A large part of maintaining a positive outlook revolves around gratitude. By being thankful for and truly aware of all the good things that you have, your day-to-day problems seem much less significant.

Take the time each day to jot down ten things for which you are grateful. These items can be anything from the fact that you have indoor plumbing to something a friend said that made you smile.

2. Practice Meditation

Practicing meditation for 20 minutes each day can have a tremendous positive impact on your overall well-being. Meditation removes you from your anxieties and past regrets and forces you to exist in the moment. Meditation also allows you to think more clearly about the circumstances in your life by slowing down your thought patterns.

3. Ask Yourself Different Questions

When something bad happens, it’s tempting to ask yourself questions like “Why does this always happen to me?” However, this creates a victim mentality which can be hard to undo. Instead, try asking yourself more positive questions like “How can I grow from this situation?” and “What should I do differently next time?”

4. Practice Self-Care

In a high-stress and fast-paced world, many people don’t take the time out of their schedules for self-care. When you don’t take the time to put yourself first, you end up feeling sorry for yourself and clinging onto negative thoughts.

Instead, try practicing some form of self-care each day. Whether this means taking a bubble bath, buying yourself a small gift or listening to your favorite song first thing in the morning, these little gestures of self-care can greatly improve the way you feel about yourself and your circumstances.

5. Eliminate Negative Words from Your Vocabulary

Try to be conscious of the words that you use on a regular basis. Words like “hate” and “detest” automatically force your brain to focus on the negative. Instead, try to turn around negative phrases such as, “I hate rain” into positive phrases like, “I love when the sun comes out after a rainstorm.”

6. Eliminate Toxic Substances from Your Life

Countless studies have shown the direct link between substance abuse and a negative outlook on life. Substances like drugs and alcohol compromise brain function by suppressing chemicals that can keep you feeling happy and optimistic.

If you struggle with addiction to a substance such as alcohol, consider finding and attending a rehab center like Pacific Ridge as soon as possible. Not only will the elimination of toxic substances improve your mindset, but it will also tremendously improve your physical health.

Although the world can make you feel hopeless at times, it’s important to remember that pessimism is ultimately a state of mind that can be overcome with some effort. These six tips for remaining positive will help you approach life with a more clear and optimistic attitude.




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