How to Stay Positive During Difficult Times

You burn your breakfast, drop your coffee, or miss your train because your alarm clock doesn’t go off.

One bad start seems to cascade into the next, until the entire day appears to be a washout, with just about everything that might go wrong going wrong.

On the other hand, when you wake up on the right side of the bed, everything seems to fall together miraculously in your favour.

You discover some additional cash in your coat pocket that you had forgotten about. A parking space appears miraculously next to your business entrance. After months of flirting, the girl or boy you’ve been eyeing asks you out on a date.

The problem is…

It isn’t as if some days are more miraculous or fortunate than others. Your attitude (whether positive or bad) is a direct reflection of what you think about most of the time, and you attract the energy you put forth.

Happiness, according to research, is a decision that anybody can make.

So it’s not that the world treats you differently; it’s that you choose to see the world in a particular way. In a fresh light, to be sure.

William James, a psychologist, describes it this way:

The greatest discovery of every generation is that a person’s attitude may change his life.

Being and feeling cheerful is a choice that you can make even when things are difficult. We understand how difficult it may be, especially when you’re just getting started.

That’s why we’ve compiled this list of suggestions to help you increase your positivity. So keep reading to learn how you may improve your life and thinking by focusing on being positive all of the time.

A wooden bowl full of fresh spinach leaves to encourage healthy eating
“Eating is a necessity but eating healthy is an art.” – Unknown

1. Consume Nutritious Foods.

What you eat has a big impact on how much energy your body produces, and how much mental energy and attention you have.

Improved food can encourage happier sentiments, clearer thinking, calmer moods, and higher energy, according to Mind (a mental health charity located in the UK).

Eating healthy, nutritious, whole meals can enhance your positive and help you shift your mindset even if you don’t make any other changes.

Vitamin deficiencies, according to one study, can contribute to a reduction in mental health, including stress, anxiety, depression, addictions, and other psychological illnesses.

Visiting your doctor for testing and a talk about your diet, food intolerances or allergies, or necessary minerals can be a crucial step toward regaining control of your body and mind.

Eating a well-balanced diet rich in vitamins, minerals, protein, fibre, and antioxidants might actually help your brain operate better, keeping you alert and improving your mood.

Though changing your diet and breaking old habits (Friday night takeout, anyone?) are difficult, becoming organised is the first step toward success. Making – and keeping to – a meal plan may help you keep your fridge filled with healthy meals and snacks, as well as keep you on track to achieve your goals.

“Exercise not only changes your body, but it also changes you mind, your attitude, and your mood.” – Unknown

2. Exercise On A Regular Basis

Regular exercise has benefits that aren’t just obvious in the mirror.

The Mayo Clinic recommends that we engage in 30 minutes of moderate physical activity each day. It doesn’t have to be at the gym or in a fitness class; it might be as simple as going for a brisk walk, swimming, or even mowing the lawn.

Numerous studies have demonstrated that regular exercise is an important part of increasing serotonin levels in the brain.

Serotonin is the chemical in your body that keeps your mood in check; higher levels of serotonin mean happier days, more stable moods, and the ability to find pleasure and happiness in everyday activities.

Moving more has a slew of health benefits, including lowering your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke, as well as reducing stress, assisting weight reduction, enhancing mood, and improving memory and productivity.

A healthy body translates to a healthy mind and a more optimistic attitude about life.

At an overlook overlooking the Pacific coast, a woman in a yoga stance meditates.

“The thing about meditation is: you become more and more you.” – David Lynch

3. Contemplate

Most people think of exercise as a no-risk, no-gain proposition, which makes it easy to dismiss the importance of meditation as a mental activity.

Mindfulness is the most basic form of meditation.

The ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not unduly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us is known as mindfulness. All of these factors are necessary for having a good outlook.

Contrary to popular belief, meditation does not include sitting cross-legged and staring into space; all that is required is finding a peaceful area in your mind.

This exercise has been shown to alleviate anxiety and may be done by anybody, anywhere, and at any time.

Another study found that meditation can alter how you view and interpret the world around you, in addition to lowering stress and producing calm.

Consider using a subliminal meditation tool to help you relax and focus if you’re new to meditation.

It’s common to have problems relaxing when you first start meditating, but with the help of ideas that help clear the mind and stabilise breathing, you’ll get the hang of it even faster.

A woman in an urban yoga studio meditating with her legs crossed on a yoga mat
“We can make, to ourselves, very much stronger suggestions than anyone else can, whoever that person may be.” – Émile Coué

4. Be appreciative and optimistic.

Developing a grateful mindset is a scientifically proven technique to feel better. It is within your power to achieve this, just as it is to surround yourself with positive people and focus on positive things.

One of the most powerful strategies to change your focus to the positive aspects of your life is to express gratitude.

According to research published in The Journal of Social Behavior and Personality, thankful people value “those pleasures in life that are available to most people.”

Gratitude for sleeping in a warm bed each night, having food, seizing the chance that each new day provides, spending time outside, the people who love and care for you, and a body that allows you to experience life each day are all excellent places to begin.

We take for granted the basic act of getting up in the morning… Consider how much better our day would be if we awoke with a sense of purpose and thankfulness for being able to spend it doing something we enjoy.

A cheerful woman in a flowing white gown strolls through a windy green meadow.
“Be who you are and let go of who you believe you should be.” Brene Brown is a well-known author and speaker.

5. Hypnosis is a good option.

We are capable of far more than we allow ourselves to believe.

The conscious mind may be highly restricting, and hypnosis is an excellent technique to awaken it and transcend your conscious mind’s limitations.

You may retrain your ideas and align them along a more positive path through hypnosis, and you can tap into abilities and skills you didn’t realise you had. Hypnosis has been used successfully to aid with addictions, weight gain, stress, physical pain, sleeplessness, and a variety of other issues, both alone and in combination with meditation.

Though professional hypnotherapy is costly, you can try self-guided hypnosis to see whether it’s something you’d like to pursue further.

It’s important to remember to retain an open mind when using hypnosis or meditation. Though we are all naturally sceptical, attempting new things can occasionally lead to self-discovery, positive thinking, and self-acceptance.

In front of their new home, a couple laughs and embraces.

“Surround yourself with people that reflect who you want to be and how you want to feel, energies are contagious.” – Rachel Wolchin

6. Surround yourself with individuals who are upbeat.

It may seem like a simple concept, but studies have shown that being surrounded by positive individuals can help you become more positive. Humans, by nature, gravitate toward those who are similar to them.

Stress, according to Time Magazine’s research, is contagious.

The more you are surrounded by it, the more it is likely to influence your ideas and behaviours. Happily, studies reveal that happiness is contagious, giving us the opportunity to choose!

We can choose to be surrounded by pessimistic, fatalistic thoughts, or we can choose to be surrounded by people who are happier, healthier, and more optimistic.

Happy thinkers surround themselves with people and things that assist their attitudes grow in order to retain their positive outlook.

We’re not suggesting that you abandon family members or friends who are going through a difficult period! Simply said, you should be aware of how other people’s thoughts, actions, and behaviours affect you, and how to counteract this if necessary.

While it can be liberating and pleasant to spend time with individuals who share your interests and hobbies, you should also seek out people who have different aims and opinions and allow them to broaden your horizons.

In a woman’s Chloé Carlina sunglasses, a far horizon is reflected.

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.” – Helen Keller

7. Consider The Positive Aspects Of Your Life.

The most effective method to broaden any skill set is to exercise habits that reinforce it. This holds true in the workplace, in education, in fitness, and in cultivating a good mindset.

Because of the nature of the society we live in today, our brains react to bad news much more strongly than they do to good news.

Though we have little control over the news or current events, we can change our brain’s default configuration.

Make it a practice to take a few minutes each day to reflect on the few good things that happen to you.

Keep track of your great experiences and the changes you want to see in yourself, as well as the changes you’ve already made.

Keep a notebook, make a vision board, and remind yourself why you’ve chosen to write these things down.

Review this on a frequent basis and make changes as needed.

You can see how far you’ve come by keeping track of your accomplishments and the things that make you happy.

You should also make it a point to do more of the activities that bring you joy!

You’ll learn to search for the good in circumstances without even thinking about it if you make a practice of focusing on the positives.

You’ll also notice that you’re more capable of dealing with unfavourable information and difficult situations.

In a meadow, a father holds his daughter and expresses appreciation.

“Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” – Melody Beattie

8. Positively Express Yourself.

The more you practise, as with any type of training, the better you will get. As a result, practise being upbeat! If you’re new to this, the best place to start is by reflecting on who you are in a good light. Tell yourself that you’re fantastic.

Remind yourself that you are attractive. Tell yourself that you did an excellent job at work, raising your children, or whatever you do.

Many of us find it simple to speak pleasantly to others. We compliment them, knowing full well that we would never compliment ourselves in the same way. If you speak pleasantly to others, you will almost certainly make their day! However, make a conscious effort to speak favourably to yourself.

Be honest with yourself, stay cheerful, and try to see the good in yourself. Also, avoid focusing on the negative at all costs.

It’s fine if you don’t like everything about yourself, but don’t dwell on the flaws. It is up to you to remind yourself of your excellent qualities on a daily basis.

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