By Frances Bridges
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We are living in tumultuous and divided times. It can be difficult to stay positive in spite of all of the depressing news around the world, the overt ignorance and prejudice that have been resurrected by the populism that has resurged in the west. It can feel like the world is regressing in real time after years of progress. The future looks pretty bleak, and that we are sacrificing longer term interests and goals for short term political benefits of the party in power, consequently creating a worse quality of life for future generations. This is all in addition to the stress and grind of work and day-to-day life. If you find you are struggling to stay positive, here are a few ways you can improve your outlook:
Nothing improves your mood, sharpens your focus and increases your energy like a good sweat session. Sometimes you will begin to have anxiety over something that is truly out of your hands, is done, etc. And it is unproductive to worry and be anxious about events, people etc. that you can do absolutely nothing about. So take that excess energy and spend some time at the gym, you will absolutely feel better about yourself.
Mentally Reframe The Situation
How you think of a difficult situation is everything. Instead of seeing yourself as a victim of your circumstances, “why do bad things keep happening to me?” “why can’t I catch a break?” “Why do I have the worst luck?” consider your role in your circumstances. What can you control? What can you improve? Take back control of the situation by posing these questions, and figuring out steps you can take to change your circumstances. Reframing and subsequently taking action will make you feel less anxious and will increase your self-confidence.
Surround Yourself With Positive People
When life and work are stressful, it can be hard to stay positive on your own, and if you surround yourself with negative people not only will they diminish any positive thinking, but they will compound your negativity. In times like these when the news is dark and often all-consuming, surrounding yourself with positive people who bring out the best in you and your train of thought is good for your mental health and your soul.
Take sometime to come up for air from all of the screens in your life: your phone, computer, TV, etc. Go outside for a walk or a run, go see friends, or grab a coffee. Too much screen time can have a terrible impact on our memories, our mood and our mental health. Make sure and take breaks, strike a balance, and try and complete tasks without a screen when possible. Be kind to yourself, and listen to your thoughts and your body. Step away when you need to.
It’s easy to focus on what is going wrong in your life and in the world, especially when it feels like so few things are going well. Be grateful for all of the good people in your life, and always have hope that things will get better, and that you will do everything in your power to make them so.
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