How to Stay Positive When Nothing Is Going Right

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How to Stay Positive When Nothing Is Going Right

Life is busy and often stressful. When you’re always running from one thing to the next or feeling overwhelmed, it can be hard to know how to stay positive. Staying positive in the chaos can really make a big difference in your overall mood and mental health.

When life deals you a tough card, have some tools in your belt to help you remain positive and relieve some stress. This guide will go over some tips on how to remain positive and how to find a little light when you need it most.

From stress at work to stress at home, here’s a round-up of some coping tools to help get you through some of life’s toughest moments.    

Show Gratitude

When you’re going through something tough, it can seem like everything is going wrong.  While you may just want to shout about everything that is falling apart, knowing how to be more positive can really do wonders. 

One way to stay more positive is to show gratitude for everything that is going right. Maybe you lost your job. While this is a tough and scary time, if you have your health and your kids are all healthy, think about how much more important that is.

When you’re feeling down, focus on what is right in your world. Being healthy, having a roof over your head, having friends, or family around you are all really great things that not everyone has.

Spend some time when you’re feeling sad to think about what you’re thankful for. You can write these down and look back at them whenever you need to.

How to Stay Positive by Looking on the Bright Side

Looking on the bright side of things can literally brighten your mood. Let’s say your car breaks down. Think about how lucky you are that it happened on a bright, sunny afternoon in the summer next time you see a car on the side of the road during a blizzard.

As the old saying goes about lemons, make something positive from something negative. No good is going to come from focusing on the negative. This is especially important regarding things you can’t change.

When something is out of your control, focusing on all the bad aspects will just use up all of your mental energy. Keep it light and look on the bight side. Think about some of the most horrible things in the world. Is your problem worse than that? If it isn’t, step back and look on the bight side.

Focus on the Big Picture

Little things can pester us all day. From the minutia of every minute at work to logistics with kids, the little things in life can really take a toll on our mental and physical health. Take a few minutes when you’re feeling especially down or anxious to reflect on the big picture.

Let’s say you’re frustrated with some recent weight gain. Every time you go to the gym you probably feel better about yourself.

Instead of stressing about your commute to the gym or remembering to pack your workout clothes, look at the big picture. Even if you get to the gym for just 15 minutes, this is better than nothing and it is bringing you closer to your bigger picture goal.

Step back a little and look at the whole picture before you let the little things get to you. Ask yourself if the thing you are stressing about really matters in the grand scheme of things?

Surround Yourself with Inspiration

Surrounding yourself with inspiration can be really motivating. Inspiration can be something found in nature, some form of art, inspirational words, or even people who inspire you.

If you have friends or family that you look up to, spend more time with them. Being around these people can help make you feel like everything will be OK. Just being around inspirational people will make you feel like you can also achieve something you’ve been wanting to.

Inspirational words or art can also do wonders. Try wearing a positivity bracelet around your wrist. When you’re feeling down, just simply looking at your wrist can be a real mood booster.

Art can also be inspiring and uplifting. Someone was inspired to create whatever you’re looking at and there’s something motivating about just knowing that.

Take a Breather When You Need One

One of the best ways to stay positive and in a better mood is by making sure you’re getting enough sleep. According to a study in the journal Cognitive Therapy and Research, if you are sleep deprived, you’re far more likely to have trouble maintaining a positive attitude about things.   

Sometimes, we look at stimuli to make us happier. Our cell phones, social media, and television are all common distractions for a bad mood. Instead of turning to these popular coping mechanisms, power down and recharge yourself.

Take a break when you need to. Take a nap, close your eyes, go to bed early, or just take a long shower. If you can’t get some sleep, go for a walk or just remove yourself from a stressful situation when you need a minute alone.

Sometimes, a few minutes alone or some sleep is all you need to get you back to feeling well.

Get Back to Nature

When it comes to how to stay positive, nature can do wonders for your mood. If you can get away for just ten to 20 minutes you can go for a walk or go for a run to help clear your head. A run will also give you some nice mood-boosting endorphins.

Running can also be a great stress reliever. Running outside or even walking outside will also help you get some nice Vitamin D from the sun as well. This is a natural mood enhancer.  

When you need some help with how to stay positive, go for a walk, go for a run, bike, swim, or just sit outside. Whether you go for a hike or just walk your dog around the block, chances are you’ll feel a lot better after you get outside for a few minutes.

For more inspirational tips and ways to stay positive, check out these beautiful inspirational pieces. Wearing one around your wrist or neck can be a pretty little pick-me-up when you need one