We’ve all heard about the power of positive thinking. The idea that by keeping our thoughts positive, we can attract positivity to our lives. But for many of us, especially during this time, staying positive is easier said than done. Positive thinking is not just ignoring the negative things in our life, but rather acknowledging the negative without fixating on them.
Tips for Staying Positive
Keep some perspective. When we are feeling anxiety or stress it is easy to become overwhelmed by small mistakes or setbacks. Instead, try taking a step back to see the situation with a little bit of perspective. For example, if you forgot an important piece of work at home, instead of catastrophizing about how the rest of your day is ruined, take a step back and assess what will actually happen because of your mistake. Chances are there may be a small setback, but it’s nothing you can’t fix the next day.
Practice gratitude. Noticing and appreciating the positives in your life can offer a great mood boost. That can look like keeping a gratitude journal or sending a thank you letter to a loved one. Practicing gratitude can help you train your brain to notice the many things in your life you can feel grateful about.
Listen to music. When you’re feeling sad or upset, try listening to music that reflects how you want to feel. If you want to feel more energetic, maybe a pop song with a quick beat. If you want to relax, perhaps some classical music will help you unwind. Music can help create an environment that shifts your negative thought patterns into something more positive.
Follow your passion. Do something you feel excited about. Volunteer for a cause you believe in or sign up for a class to learn something new. Several studies have shown that people who feel a sense of meaning in their lives are healthier, live longer, and have greater life satisfaction.
Surround yourself with positive people. Most of us have encountered “energy vampires” before. These are the people who leave you feeling exhausted after you spend time together. Instead, surround yourself with people who practice positive thinking. The people we spend our time with have a large impact on our own internal dialogue. If you are spending your time with friends who look for the silver lining, you may find yourself seeing those silver linings as well.
Journey Home Young Adult Can Help
At Journey Home Young Adult, we put an emphasis on building healthy relationships with others. Clients are encouraged to go out into the community and form relationships and friendships. We support clients as they foster new relationships by coaching and mentoring them throughout their time with us.
We help teens build a sense of responsibility for themselves and their relationships with others. While clients are attending Journey Home Young Adult, they learn about self-care, time management, budgeting, and other skills that help them build personal responsibility. For more information please call (855) 918-0032.