The pressures of modern living can cause us to experience too much stress, whether it’s from work, finances, relationships, or just general commitments. Identifying how to manage stress is essential for every adult. But when we are stressed, we tend to have a negative attitude towards practically everything. And since our anxiety persists, this negativity develops into a constant frame of mind.
7 Powerful Ways to Be More Positive About Life
However, there are several steps you can take in these stressful moments, or times when you have a sour attitude, to help combat this negativity, which in the long run will help you be more positive about life.
1. Be aware of your negativity
The first step in building a positive mindset is to acknowledge your negative thoughts. The minute you think negatively, take a moment and be the devil’s advocate–think about the positives.
Let’s say one day you wake up and see that it is raining outside, and that makes you cranky. While seasonal affective disorder is a major depressive disorder, your current attitude could be affected merely by the weather on that day. If this is the case, take a moment to consider the benefits of the rain.
Without rain, the grass wouldn’t be green; the trees wouldn’t sprout, the flowers wouldn’t bloom, the crops wouldn’t be harvested. Rain is essential for our being here on Earth! It might not seem very useful, but by doing this simple tactic, you might relieve your crankiness.
2. Stop jumping to the “bad” conclusion
This part goes hand-in-hand with acknowledging of your negativity. To change your general mindset, you need to realize the exact moment you are viewing the outcome in a negative light. It doesn’t matter what it is you are doing or planning, but even when you are jumping to conclusions, know that there is always something good to be found in every person or situation.
Maybe you have a group of friends that wants to get together on a Friday night to catch up. One of your friends made a reservation at a restaurant to meet at, and everyone is very eager to go there–except for you. You’ve gone there once before and didn’t have a great experience with the food.
You want to see your friends, but you don’t want to go there. You could contest to it, but seeing as there is already a reservation made, it might just make plans harder. Instead think of how fun it will be to see your friends, especially if it is has been a while since you’ve all gotten together! You might find that your prior experience was just a one-time thing.
As we get stuck in our daily routines, we tend to underestimate the small things, such as having food on our plate or a bed to sleep in. It’s very humbling to take for a moment and reflect on your blessings. It could be your job, education, relatives, or your general privileges. Placing value on the things you shouldn’t need to stress over will help you manage the issues that are considerably more stressful, and allow you to maintain your newly-found positive mindset.
4. Reflect on your daydreams
Fantasizing is always fun, but doing this a couple of times each day can go far in improving your mood and lessening your feelings of anxiety. When you are thinking of things that energize or motivate you, or even people or memories that bring you joy, it can help improve your current attitude. Remembering a happy moment will lead to a positive presence, especially if you’re in a funk.
5. Remember your failures
The first part of this step is to stop viewing failure as a bad thing. Without failure, we would never progress. We learn the things that don’t work for us, which allows us to investigate further what does work. You might find yourself having an issue at work or in your own life that is all too familiar. So instead of stressing out, take a moment to recollect your prior experiences.
Ask yourself, where have you had this problem before? What steps did you take? What was your result? Did you realize anything? Finding the answers to these questions can help you find a solution to the problem you’re facing.
6. Think creatively
Having a routine eventually drags us down, which can affect our mindset. Consistently following a monotonous schedule can cause us to feel a void in our life. We might not know what we need to do to fill it, but something needs to be done. One way to overcome is this feeling is by setting new goals for yourself. It could be a new hobby or craft you want to pick up, or maybe you’re bored and want to find an alternative leisure activity to spend your time on. It doesn’t matter what you set for yourself.
However, the idea of adding more to your plate can make life seem even more stressful. If it seems overwhelming to brainstorm a new objective to reach, you can always creatively approach your daily routine.
Some examples of creatively approaching your routine are: taking a different route to work, finding new recipes for dinner, listening to a different band or artist, or merely reading a new book or article as opposed to immediately loading your favorite tv-streaming app. Disrupting your day-to-day routine can help you eliminate the negativity you have attached to it because you will always experience novelty when you do something different.
Consistent exercise is a proven way to enhance your overall health and wellbeing. It can also be very meditative to so. This doesn’t mean you have to get a membership and join a gym, nor do you need to follow an intensive ten-step cardio routine. You can get some essential exercise by walking or jogging. Taking a walk is especially helpful for when you’re feeling overwhelmed since it’s a reasonably non-intensive way to get some clear some “headspace.”