We all have a common goal of happiness, no matter what our differing life aims may be. So many factors can contribute to how positive we feel and, consequently, how positive our lifestyles are. It’s often easy to get caught up in what we believe we are lacking and let negative thoughts creep in. For those feeling like they could do with a positivity boost, try a few of these simple practices.
When you focus on the things that you don’t have these quickly become criticisms and negative thoughts. Whether you believe that you are lacking in your finances, career or relationships, ruminating on supposed problems solves very little. Start a gratitude journal to write about all the good things in your life that you are grateful for. Write about the things that you apprepricate in others and in yourself. These can also be achievements that you’ve made so far. A journal can also be a good place to set realistic goals. Instead of going over a problem and becoming overwhelmed, journals can be a good place to brainstorm and find manageable ways to solve an issue.
One source in Positive Psychology links random acts of kindness to decreased levels of stress and depression. Doing kind things for others can help us to feel more positive and uplifted. Involving ourselves in charity work, for example, can be a great way to create positive changes and make a difference to those in need. If you are lacking time- don’t put pressure on yourself; even a small amount of charity work is worthwhile. As well as the wider community, practice random acts of kindness for your family and friends. Simple things like buying a small surprise gift, for instance. From chocolate novelties to a sentimental framed photograph, why not choose someone to treat?
Sometimes, when we are practicing the same routine each day, it’s easy to become bored and feel a little negative as a result. If you want to live a healthier lifestyle, trying new things is an excellent way to feel uplifted. Think about something you’ve always wanted to try but have never got around to. It could be anything, from learning a new language, to a creative course or sports club. Trying new things allows us to extend our social circles, skills and enhance our wellbeing.
When it comes to feeling more positive it’s often about getting the basics right. If you’re feeling down one of the fastest and most effective ways to boost your endorphins is through exercise. As well as this, ensure that your diet is rich with nutrients, plenty of water and calming herbal teas. Supplements such as rhodiola or ashwagandha are excellent natural remedies to boost your mood and increase your energy levels. These are both derived from herbs and can be purchased in capsule form. For those who struggle to sleep when feeling stressed, magnesium can be another great supplement.