13 Ways to Stay Positive
How do you stay positive?
· Smile first thing in the morning
It all starts with attitude and if you can start your day off with a smile, it can really set the tone for the day.
· Complete a small easy task
Some people like to do the whole make your bed first thing in the morning. I personally like to declutter something that has been nagging at me. Like my desk, which somehow I can do pretty much every day.
· Listen to upbeat music
Listening to just 4 songs a day can help list your mood. Especially if you pick some positive music that calms you down. If you are looking for a recommendation, try 311, Hours Eastly or Pilot Touhill.
Whatever it is you enjoy, get active and you will feel immensely better. Your body releases endorphins when you exercise, which is what gives you that positive feeling. It is the energizing, natural high you get from a good run, or a yoga session or even a nice walk. This can even help with feelings of anxiety and depression and over time will boost your self-esteem.
· Get outside and experience nature
Living in our little cubicles throughout the day is a massive change for our species after spending thousands of years of evolution outside in nature. It is our natural habitat and spending time in it is medicinal. I find it relaxing and helps reduce stress. Even just the view of nature can be beneficial in lowering stress.
· Play with your dog
Every day I aspire to be as happy as my dog. Dogs are amazing reminders that life is fun if you only let it be. They are excited to see you and love you unconditionally. And they help keep us active, even if it just means taking them for a walk.
It can really help to get what is on our mind on paper. Free up your mind and lower your stress by writing it down. If you have too much on your mind, make a list to help lower your stress. It is also a lot of fun to cross off tasks when it’s on real paper. Trust me. This is better than using an app or a digital list.
· Look forward to something
Sometimes the best part of planning a fun trip is the planning part. The longer you must wait for said trip, the more time you have to get excited about it. Whenever you are having a bad or boring day, you can fantasize about your upcoming trip to the Grand Canyon or even something like a 5K where you plan on participating.
5 minutes of this and it will change your world. I used to think it was something only hippies do but I must say, my days where I meditate are significantly better and calmer. I feel more collected and focused. It is all about reaching clarity and a higher self. This may help you to be more grateful for everything you are fortunate to have in life.
· Practice gratitude
We all have dark days, black moods, and anxious feelings. Some days it really is just a matter of perspective. I find my happiness often depends on wanting less than I have. I can’t always control what I have, but I do have a degree of control on what I want, and being grateful for what I have makes me feel better. We often take for granted what is truly important, such as health and having those who love you.
· Call a friend
The older you get, the harder it is to maintain contact with your friends. Eventually you start your own family, or move away, or just get busy. Life gets in the way. If you make the effort, you can still keep in touch with those great friends you are lucky to have. Try to call them at least once a month and see what they are up to. Social media is just a highlight real. A phone call is an actual connection.
· Turn off your phone
Probably the most important one. Stop reading about what other people are doing and go do something yourself. Live your life!
· Star gaze
Bill Watterson said, “If people looked at the stars each night, they’d live a lot differently. When you look into infinity, you realize that there are more important things than what people do all day.”