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My whole life I have been, what I refer to as, a realist. I used to call myself a pessimist but I found that phrase just made things worse.  The world, to me, can be a scary place, I don’t shy from it but it bothers me that I can’t change it. Truth is that the littlest of things can knock my confidence. I focus on the bad and I struggle to move on.  Recently my hormones have really started to effect things. Each month at the same time my confidence will hit an all time low, I will feel lost and alone even though I really am not! I want to change this.

This year I am really concentrating on being a more positive person and so far it is going well. It isn’t all about positive thinking and positive affirmations. There are simple things everyone can do to boost their mood on positivity. We all deserve a happy healthy mind and positive outlook on life. I would love to be able to lead a yogi life but that really isn’t me. I am happy giving a downward dog a go but the chances of me embracing the whole mentality are pretty slim.

Organisation gets me pretty far in feeling settled but it doesn’t make me more positive so i have had to delve a little deeper to find some easy and achievable methods to live a more positive life.

5 Easy ways to live a more positive life

1. Eat A Healthy Diet

Diet is directly connected to mood and overall psychological wellbeing. Some fatty acids and vitamins are directly linked to the release of serotonin which is the happy hormone so the more nutritionally balanced you are the more mentally well you will be.  When I first made the dietary changes to our lifestyle we instantly found a boost in our moods and energy.  We also slept better which is also linked to positive mental wellbeing. Of course that change started a couple of years ago. More recently I went vegan for a month. I am not one to preach the vegan way but it is hard for me to ignore the real lift in mood and boost in energy I had whilst eating a plant based diet. Understandably changing to a plant based diet takes a lot of planning so if you fancy giving it a go but don’t know where to start I have written 4 vegan menu plans that can all be found here: Vegan Menu Plan Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4.

5 Easy ways to live a more positive life. It isn't all about positive thinking and positive affirmations. There are simple things everyone can do to boost their mood on positivity. We all deserve a happy healthy mind and positive outlook on life. #positivity

2. Switch Off

It is important to switch off every now and then. If you spend all day on a laptop turn it off. Does your phone always ring? Turn it off for an hour. I am not talking huge chunks of time necessarily. Some people need to be contactable for their livelihoods. But an hour a week wouldn’t do too much harm from a professional front and could really boost mood and positivity. Especially if you can spend that time doing something you don’t usually have time to do; speak to your partner, read a book or have a bath.



5 Easy ways to live a more positive life. It isn't all about positive thinking and positive affirmations. There are simple things everyone can do to boost their mood on positivity. We all deserve a happy healthy mind and positive outlook on life. #positivity

3. Gratitude List

At the end of each day write down one thing you are grateful for. It doesn’t matter what you are grateful for or the magnitude of it’s effect on your life but there will always be one thing you are grateful for and the more you write this list the more you may surprise yourself with what you find.


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4. Dance

I love to dance. My daughters love to dance. They say music is good for the soul and it is something that is easy to forget in the madness of life. Put on some music whilst you cook or clean, put on some music during the kids bath time. Not only will the jobs get done quicker but it will feel like less of a chore to complete them. Music can unlock a huge level of emotion from sad memories to complete euphoria. Aim for the latter and the positive attitude will very swiftly follow. You may not be the most coordinated dancer in the world but a little foot tap here and a hip shake there willl help get the heart pumping to release those endorphins.

5. Find the Positive

It is very easy to instantly find the negative in any situation.  It is time to switch the way of thinking to see the positive. This is easier said than done, of course, however if you can highlight what is causing you stress and negativity then it gives you the chance to try and change your mindset towards it. Money is a common cause of stress and anxiety. Hubby always says ‘Money might not bring you happiness but it certainly takes the sting out of being poor’. And he is right. We don’t all need to be millionaires but it would be nice to have just a penny more than we can spend. But when that invariably isn’t the case it may be time to take a step back and see what is important and what you already have. We do not lie in a world where most people have expandable income anymore so know that you are not alone. Despite what you may assume most people have had to tighten their spending in some form. If you do this correctly it doesn’t have to ruin your overall mood. Perhaps you can’t afford days out with the kids during the month? Well staying at home doesn’t have to be all bad. Find some good indoor activities for kids to do and perhaps play with all those toys they seem to accumulate. Enjoy being in whilst you can because soon life will feel like you are constantly back and forth with the school runs.

5 Easy ways to live a more positive life. It isn't all about positive thinking and positive affirmations. There are simple things everyone can do to boost their mood on positivity. We all deserve a happy healthy mind and positive outlook on life. #positivity

Anything Else?

Those are my 5 Easy ways to live a more positive life. I have found all of these achievable and extremely effective in boosting my overall mood and positivity. Is there anything you would add to this list?

5 Easy ways to live a more positive life. It isn't all about positive thinking and positive affirmations. There are simple things everyone can do to boost their mood on positivity. We all deserve a happy healthy mind and positive outlook on life. #positivity

5 Easy ways to live a more positive life. It isn't all about positive thinking and positive affirmations. There are simple things everyone can do to boost their mood on positivity. We all deserve a happy healthy mind and positive outlook on life. #positivity

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  1. March 27, 2017 / 9:30 am

    Ooh I can definitely identify with a few of these Kirsty! After a weekend of what can only really be described as bingeing on absolute junk food I really regret how it’s made me feel so I started the day with a healthy, hearty breakfast and already feel better. I was just reading a ‘Gratitude’ post on My Petit Canard and think it’s a great idea for natural ‘realists’ like us. A reminder that there are always plenty of positive things in our lives to focus on. Great tips, good luck with mission positive!! Have a great day x
    #BigPinkLink

    • Winnettes
      Author
      March 30, 2017 / 12:02 pm

      Thank you! I am finding very hard to hush the realist side of my brain but I think I am getting there. Avoiding the temptation of dominos helps 😉

  2. March 27, 2017 / 10:33 am

    Great ideas for more positivity in your life. I have always had difficulty in finding 3 thing a day to feel grateful for, I don’t know why I’ve never thought of starting with just one and building up over time, thanks for the inspiration.
    #BigPinkLink

  3. March 29, 2017 / 8:08 pm

    I could have written this very post! Your tips are spot on. I also want to bullet journal but worry about the very same thing, I’d want it to be the most beautiful thing ever! Thanks for joining us this week! #bigpinklink

    • Winnettes
      Author
      March 30, 2017 / 12:04 pm

      I’m glad it isn’t just me. I just think it would make me more stressed rather than relaxed 😉

  4. March 31, 2017 / 3:46 pm

    Oh I’m with you. Realist not pessimist. Don’t really know much about the bullet journal thing that is everywhere and am a failed yogi and the charting of sleep you don’t get! Brilliant. Luckily I’ve been really good on the gratitude front for years. Every night the kids and I do favourite part of the day and frankly, despite the problems in life mainly centred around the financial issue of single income here too, the fact is we are rich in so many other ways! Having a blog that gorgeous people like you read isn’t a bad one for starters 🙂 #bigpinklink

  5. March 29, 2018 / 9:51 am

    This is spot on! I find it so hard to switch off and am constantly working – it drives my husband mad! Dancing is great though – I love to dance around the kitchen with my girls, it always makes us all feel better! #ThursdayTeam

  6. March 29, 2018 / 11:23 am

    I like the gratitude list thing … I have been reminding myself a lot lately about the good things in my — our — life #ThursdayTeam

  7. March 29, 2018 / 2:12 pm

    Love this!
    Switching off is so important. It is so easy to get wrapped up in the negativity on social media and the news. My husband and I have implemented a no phone time between work and putting the kiddo to sleep. It has made us so much more present. Finding the positivity in everything is always a struggle, but once you do it enough to make it a habit, your life seems much brighter!
    #ThursdayTeam

  8. March 30, 2018 / 7:20 am

    I agree with switching off – it can be overpowering with all that goes on in everyday life but running a bath and just lying back and relaxing is sometimes just enough to unwind #ThursdayTeam

  9. March 30, 2018 / 4:38 pm

    Diet is a massive yes! Makes you feel so much better that you’re making an effort to be healthy, and also has a big positive on your body. Great post #thursdayteam

  10. April 2, 2018 / 4:55 pm

    These are wonderful ways in which to become more positive. I also find that completing a challenge such as finishing a good book to be a great sense of achievement and positivity. #ThursdayTeam

  11. April 6, 2018 / 7:28 am

    I can really relate to this Kirsty! I’m also trying to shift my thinking to be more positive as naturally I air towards negativity (realist) by default. I have really found trying to be more positive this year so beneficial. Something that’s worked for me, is if hubby is having a bad day I message him some positives and he does the same when I’m not having a good day. #Thursdayteam

  12. April 9, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    I love the idea of writing down why you’re grateful each day, as sometimes life gets carried awa y and there isn’t any time to focus on the positives!

  13. Laura: Adventures with J
    April 9, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    Ooh this is one of my goals for the year too. Switching off is the one I am not good at and the weather impacts me so it has been a little challenging but apart from that I have been making an effort to reframe things to think positively. Good luck with your journey 😁

  14. April 10, 2018 / 7:19 am

    I’m really bad at switching off! But when your 3 year old tells you “mum, put your phone away!” it’s a real wake up call.

  15. April 10, 2018 / 9:08 am

    Really enjoyed reading this, I find doing a gratitude list so powerful and I’m trying to eat better after having to cut out dairy! I also agree that I spend too much time looking at a screen, we all feel better getting away from that!

  16. April 10, 2018 / 1:12 pm

    Looks like you are on the right path. I find a good way to keep my confidence is to remind myself that no-one has the power to take my confidence away. It’s none of my business what other people think of me and I frankly don’t care.

  17. April 10, 2018 / 9:23 pm

    A wonderful list. I used to be a big pessimist and a worrier. After I had my son I experienced PND and Anxiety and was forced to change how I think in order to recovery. I’m now a much more positive person and gratitude journaling has been especially helpful to me x

  18. April 12, 2018 / 10:15 pm

    I completely agree that music is good for the soul! I instantly feel more upbeat when I play music at home;)

  19. April 13, 2018 / 9:47 am

    Ahh, Kirsty, your blog is so pretty. It always makes me smile. 🙂 I agree with eating a healthy diet. I wish it was as easily done for me. I’m just not in the right head space for it at the moment.

  20. April 15, 2018 / 2:52 pm

    This post is full of such good advice. I’m guilty of never switching off from social media and now I’m working full time again check my phone every break and lunch in case I’ve missed a really important email. I’m going to try to only check it at lunchtime, as a starting point.

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