“Even if you stumble, you’re still moving forward.” – Victor Kiam
The first step of spreading positivity and optimism is to stay positive, optimistic, and productively approaching unpleasantness. Optimism shows the light despite the darkness. Positivity reflects your outlook on life and attitude toward yourself. Some studies show that it can affect your health and well-being. The positivity that comes with optimism is a key part of effective stress management. If you tend to be pessimistic, don’t despair; it is never too late to learn positive thinking skills. Some are given herein below.
Focus on the future
You can turn negative thinking into positive just by focusing on the future, which is yet to come. We often tend to anticipate the worst, assume the worst is going to happen, not the best and magnify or emphasize the bad things that happened and ruminate it over and over. But you have to remember the famous quote, “don’t waste your time looking back, you’re not going that way”. The process is simple, but it does take time and practice – after all, you’re creating a new habit.
Periodically, stop and evaluate what you’re thinking. You can also keep a journal to maintain the record of things that bother you. Try to identify the negative thoughts and if you find that your thoughts are mainly negative, try to find a way to put a positive spin on them. Advise others to do the same.
Follow a healthy lifestyle
“Menssana in corpora sano”- Juvenal (Roman poet). It means “a healthy mind in a healthy body”.
Physical exercise is an integral part of psychological well-being. Aim to exercise every day and munch on fresh healthy foods and don’t smoke or drink alcohol in excess. Healthy foods nourish your body and exercise reduces the stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol. It also stimulates the production of endorphins, a chemical in the brain that is the body’s natural painkiller and mood elevator.
Smile and laugh
Smiling itself is a medicine for stress and problems. Sending a warm smile can make a difference. Smiling tricks your mind into feeling happier. A genuine smile is also contagious. Remain open to humour. Give yourself permission to laugh and seek humour in everyday happenings.
Spend time with nature or natural pleasance. It is scientifically proved that nature is the biggest healer. On top of that natural sunlight stimulates the production of vitamin D, which elevates mood and makes people feel happier almost instantly. Look at the vast sky, feel the ocean, experience the greenery, observe the brilliance of the moon with eternal peace; all these are natural ways to relieve your stress
De-Clutter and follow your passion
Nothing squashes positive energy like stress. Taking a break from social media is another great way to get rid of stress. Social media gives rise to the pressure to fit in or compete with others. But before giving in to that ask yourself “why do I need to fit in when I’m born to stand out?” and understand you are unique in yourself. Despite that, you can spend your time doing things you enjoy or interested in. For example, painting or composing a poem. Through the means of creation, you can positively channelize the pent-up energy and inspire others to do so
Perform Random Acts of Kindness
Finding ways to put a smile on others face affects you just as much as it affects them. Doing a good deed that would make someone’s day can make you feel good and trigger a domino effect as well. It takes the focus off of your problems. It lifts your mood, improves self-esteem and self-worth.
Remember your goal
When you lose yourself in every day’s tide of life, you forget your dreams and surrender yourself to your duties and responsibilities. But remembering your goal and embracing it can help you to go through tough times.
Spend time with loved ones
Nothing can be better than spending time with your near and dear ones. Enjoy the present moment with your family, close friends and pet.
Develop an attitude of gratitude & practice thankfulness
You have to notice and appreciate the positivity in your life. Seeing the positive qualities in others helps to bring out the positive qualities in yourself. It expands your happiness and can transform your way of thinking. We all crave recognition or praise for our efforts. A “thank you” has a lot of magic to feel good and win over hearts. Make it a habit to thank someone for their work, but remember to keep it genuine.
Cut off negative influences
Negative vibes can disrupt your sense of well-being and drain you of happiness and contentedness. Remove them for the sake of your good. You may be able to completely avoid some of them, which is a sure-fire way of eliminating negative influence.
Words are powerful enough to bring noticeable change. Positive messaging means using words that are laced with some optimism. Your communication should be encouraging, supportive and empowering, which will uplift others. Share positive messages online – be it a video of cats, inspirational quotes or clips of people doing deeds for others. It could change others perspective too.
Appreciate the little things
Not just milestones, simple steps of advancement must also be celebrated. Remember to value and give recognition to the people or things you already have. Treat yourself when you achieve something, no matter how small that is.