Let’s Talk About Positivity
We live in a fast-paced society. With everything going on, it’s so easy to get lost in the daily motions. Negativity can seem to intrude on our daily thoughts in such a natural way that we assume it’s normal and that we should just allow those feelings to persist; however, those feelings don’t have to be around for the long haul. If we just take time to recognize that we are stuck in a rut of pessimistic thoughts, we can begin to apply habits in to our daily lives which will ultimately lead to a happier and more positive you!
By Jennifer Meseck
The first tip—which I cannot emphasis the importance enough—is to create a morning routine that you can manage to keep up with most mornings. Choose things that will pull you up and allow you to feel organized and like you are deliberately starting the day off in a good place. You can do whatever you feel most comfortable with or whatever wakes you up the most. For me, I like to wake up pretty early, then I’ll do things that I know are good for my body and that will prepare me to tackle the day. Stretching with deep breathes, going to the gym, drinking water, or reading the news with a cup of coffee are all good ideas to create a morning routine that allows you to start your day off positively.
My second tip involves relationships or spending time with others. Snuggling with your dog, hugging someone, calling a friend or your mom can all activate oxytocin. This is a hormone that—when activated during a stressful situation—can actually decrease your stress levels. By being social and building your relationships, you can allow yourself to feel less negative and hard on yourself. Even just imagining situations such as petting a dog, you can activate oxytocin. Try it out and see if your happiness increases!
Next, getting out into nature can increase your general outlook on life. If you take your dog on a walk or just go by yourself, enjoying the outdoors can really be a game changer in alleviating negative thoughts. It can even just be studying outside. You could go to the park and just enjoy the breeze and natural sunlight. Either way, getting outside and appreciating the world helps to decrease the culmination of negativity.
Finally, Rearrange your thoughts. Instead of complaining and moping about the sad things going on in life, think of the things that are going good. What are some things you’re thankful for or blessed to have in life? I know it sounds weird, but it’s helpful for me to think of at least three things that I’m lucky to have while I brush my teeth. I do this most days; however, it is particularly helpful if you have a busy day and can’t spare the time for one of the lengthier ways to generate positive feelings.
There are so many ways that we can create a happy and optimistic daily feel for life. Make a silly face. Smile. Laugh. Create art. Be deliberate in how you spend your time. If you want to start small, then choose one thing to remind yourself to do every day and keep building up from there. It’s time to stop letting your mind be consumed by these feelings of negativity. Now go out, manifest positivity, and let yourself enjoy the world we live in!