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.
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.
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.
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.
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?