Being positive isn't something that we all find easy, and sometimes we need a little help and inspiration. So here are a few things that we can do to try and remain positive:
Sometime's it helps to put things into perspective. When we are going through hard times, it can feel like things will never change, but life is always changing. It helps to remember that whatever you are feeling now is only for a moment, and not forever. If you are feeling low, it is important to remember that you will smile again. When we look ahead and make plans for the future, it helps us to regain hope and purpose. Never loose sight of hope, because when you loose sight of hope, you begin to feel hopeless.
Talk to yourself
It might sound strange, but sometimes it helps. Be your own best friend and encourage yourself. You need to have a good relationship with yourself. Love yourself and treat yourself kindly, don't put yourself down. This is also a great technique if you feel that you do not have anybody to talk to because you totally understand what you're going through.
Speak to others
This can help you feel supported. If you have someone in your life that you feel you can talk to, who is open and accepting, it is a good idea to get things off your chest. You can't always carry everything on your own, true friendships are hard to come by, but they are beautiful. Let others offer an extra bit of support and encouragement. If you are concerned for your mental health, always seek help.
Acknowledge your feelings
It is important to accept and understand your feelings, which in turn will help you to deal with them and understand yourself better. Keeping your feelings pushed down can hinder healing and in turn make things worse. Acknowledging your feelings allows you to be in a position to look ahead and work out how to move forward. It is the first step to making things better. It is okay to have emotions, it is natural and we all need support, never feel ashamed to admit when you need some help, it is actually the stronger thing to do, not the weaker.
People say laughter is the best medicine. Laughter is great for our health and it spreads such joy. Stress actually has physical effects on our body, so I am in no doubt that joy and laughter have positive benefits. Laughter triggers endorphins, protects the heart and even boosts the immune system! Of course there will be times when you will not feel like laughing, but encourage it into your life. If you are lucky enough to have friends that you can share a laugh with, arrange to see them. For more information about the health benefits of laughter, click >here<.
Don't get lost wishing for the past, but instead refer to accomplishments. Think about how far you have come and the things you have overcome. This will help you to see the strength that is inside you. The ability and strength that was in you then, you still have in you now. Instead of comparing your progress to somebody else's, look at your own progress, acknowledge your accomplishments and give yourself a pat on the back.
Do you have any other tips? What do you find help when you are feeling negative? I'd love to hear more ideas! x