Since the release of “the Secret’ in 2006, positive thinking has become a ‘must’ for a happy life.
I was 18, and my mind was officially blown. I felt like I could achieve anything, and actively began leading a life full of positivity.
Over the last 11 years, I have seen positive thinking work for me and those around me to no end.
However, what you don’t hear of, is people sharing how in real-life, it’s not always so easy to steer clear of negative thoughts. Those days/periods of time, when you’re really struggling to stay motivated, positive and lead that ‘perfect-life’. A perfect life in which social media has led us to believe, everyone has.
My life isn’t perfect, and I’m not ashamed to share that. Battling anxiety from my teenage years means I often have days, (even weeks) when I just cannot shake off my worrying, doubtful thoughts.
In this post, I’m sharing with you how I endeavor to beat off negativity in those moments, and get myself back to a more positive frame of mind. It’s not easy, it’s not meant to be. Life is full of struggles. However, if you take anything away from this post, let it be this:
NO ONE has a perfect life. SO the next time you find yourself comparing your life to someone else’s, just remember that! Everyone has personal battles. Just ride out the tough times, they aren’t permanent. I promise.
I own far too many lifestyle books to count. From mindfulness, positivity to motivation.
As a rule, I like to have at least two on the go that I’m re-reading. They keep my mind focused and my thoughts in check.
If I start to feel derailed from my positive mind set, they steer me right back on track.
2) Surround yourself with positive/supportive people
This is where I’m super blessed.
I live with the most positive and supportive partner anyone could wish for, and my best friend Amy is one of the most calming influences in my life.
Having a strong support system is vital to beating negativity. These people lift my spirits, and offer me words of wisdom whenever I feel down in the dumps.
If you surround yourself with negative people, it rubs off on you. It wears you down and dampens your spirits.
Take a step back from any ‘Debbie Downers’ in your life, you’ll soon start to feel more positive, I can assure you.
Regular exercise keeps me sane to say the least. If I’m stressed, or feel a bit negative, I head off to the gym to let off steam, and to get those endorphins flowing!
Even if it’s just a long walk. Any form of exercise will keep your mind positive, and allow you the time you need to think about/process your thoughts.
4) Show gratitude
Take a moment to write down all the things you’re grateful for in your life. I do this regularly, (view post here).
I find seeing all the things I feel lucky and blessed to have in my life, in front of me on paper, puts me in an incredibly positive mindset. I mean, how can it not?!
5 )Tomorrows a new day
My partner has instilled this into me. After a negative day, he will always remind me that tomorrow is indeed a new day.
Wake up with a new mindset, outlook and attitude. Try turn it around. The only person who can do that is you. Like I said, it’s not easy, it’s not meant to be. However, it’s possible.
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