Have you been feeling off lately that you need some positivity to come into your life?
There are days when we feel lost and overwhelmed.
There are days when we don’t have the drive to do the things we like.
There are days when we just simply become stagnant and blank.
There are days when we feel unproductive and useless.Not realizing, we badly need some positivity to ignite in us.
In today’s post, I am so happy to share with you an article from our Guest Blogger, Emily of booksbourbonandchocolate.
She will share to us her Best Strategies to Ignite Positivity when feeling lost. Here it is.
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Is this situation familiar to you? “I can’t do this. My skills aren’t good enough. I have no idea what I’m doing. I am a failure.“
During the day, does doubt fill your mind? Do fear and negative thoughts pervade at every turn?
If so, relax, you are human.
Sometimes, we all fall prey to negativity’s alluring trap. When we do, we are too hard on ourselves and settle into a gloom funk.
If now is one of those tough times, remember that what matters is how you recover.
Your attitude will determine your next move and how you grow. It isn’t always easy to embrace positivity, but with these strategies, you’ll most likely know how to ignite positivity when all seems lost.
1. Find an Outlet
One way to attract positivity is to immerse yourself in an activity that causes the world around you to fade.
Into what channels do you vent your frustrations and anxiety?
Personally, running and reading transport me to a different sphere. The outside world ceases to exist or cause me stress.
I live in the moment and nothing matters except for the path in front of me and the air I need to move.
The movement causes endorphins to fire and for these times to fill with happiness. You deserve to feel good as you shed stress.
In addition to its relief, these outlets allow you to cultivate a community from the people you meet.
For me, I have running partners as well as I am part of running groups, book clubs, and online book forums.
These groups become communities that can further bolster your positivity or lend support when you need it.
While you may also find running or reading therapeutic, I challenge you to try one new stress-relieving activity from the list below, just for kicks.
You can’t hear what your body needs or what your mental state needs if your thoughts drown in the blare of social media.
Step away from the phone, computer, and television. Breathe.
Remove social media and take a break from the constant updates and comparisons.
Unfocus from what the rest of the world is saying and instead, focus on yourself.
Use this time to breathe and relax.
Take a walk around the block or a park. Better yet, take a forest bath.
As Samantha Shmurak from Eartheasy elegantly describes, a forest bath will allow you to reconnect with yourself via nature.
Sometimes, once removed from the situation or stressors the negativity fades away. Even if it doesn’t disappear completely, the break can soothe and refresh your mind for whatever comes next.
3. Be Consistent
As mentioned in Flab to Abs: How Fitness Consistency Can Change Your Life in 1 Month, consistency can revolutionize your life. Not only in the physical fitness realm, but also in the mental arena.
Your consistent good habits will reinforce themselves and allow you to rid yourself of negativity.
To build consistency, start small. Set easy-to-attain goals that build upon themselves and help you gain confidence in yourself.
One day will snowball into the next and soon you’ll find that the momentum of good habits will lead to a healthy and more positive lifestyle.
4. Make a Habit and Make it happen
To start, try allotting 5 minutes for positivity. During those five minutes, state the following:
I am awesome. My body and soul radiate beauty. I am worthy of all the good that comes my way. I will succeed in all aspects.
Negativity has no place in my day.
Positivity flows through me. Let me be a light for others. I am awesome. I know it may sound hokey and you will feel silly at first. Trust me, I giggled the first time I tried positive reinforcement.
As much as you may feel ridiculous, you deserve to be reminded of your worth and beauty.
You are beautiful and you are enough. Don’t let you tell you anything differently.
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5. Practice Self-Love and Self-Care
Pep talks! When you are happy, write a letter or record a podcast for yourself. Then seal it and save it for a particularly bad day. You’ll know when you need it.
At that time, create a small occasion by settling into a comfortable chair with your beverage of choice (wine, coffee, tea, water, beer, juice, no judgment here).
Make sure you wear comfortable or cozy clothing.
Once ready, open the letter or start the recording.
Listen to yourself tell you all the reasons why you ARE fabulous, strong, and Superman/Superwoman.
Let the self-love flow over you. Rejoice in you.
You are important and beautiful.
Remember, these letters and recordings don’t have to stretch on for a while. You could write a paragraph or pages of affirmation.
Completely up to you.
Write what feels comfortable to you. Below are some topics to help you start.
6. Form a habit of writing a Gratitude Journal
What is a gratitude journal?
A gratitude journal is a journal in which you every day write a number of things for which you are grateful. The number depends upon you. I choose to list 5 items that I am thankful for daily. The items cannot be repeated during that week.
7. Treat your time as an investment
You are the sum of the 5 people closest to you. The next time you feel down, look around. See with whom you spend most time.
You may find that one or two of them aren’t exactly positive. Maybe they complain or only focus on the negative in their (and your) life.
Maybe they subtly undermine you or cut you down. Or, maybe, they just don’t spend their time productively as you do.
Your time is important. Ensure you use every available moment to boost yourself up, not bring yourself down. Your time is an investment. Treat it as such.
In order to use your time wisely, choose to hang out with people with whom you admire or from whom you want to learn.
When surround yourself in positivity and a transformation will occur.
Spend time with those who radiate positive energy. You’ll find that positivity already surrounds you, but you have to harness its energy.
With these strategies, you won’t lose focus and will be able to find positivity when all seems lost, no matter what!
Remember, you are important and beautiful. You radiate positivity. Be the light.
There you have it. I hope you find this post valuable as much as I do. Thank you
About the Author: Emily Cooper
Hello! I run the lifestyle blog, booksbourbonandchocolate. I started blogging a little over a year ago and have adored (almost) every minute.
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