| Stephanie Saxton
Happiness is something that we all strive for and although to rid every negative thought, situation and people in our lives are nearly impossible, there are definitely things we can do to stay optimistic and remain positive in a sea of negativity. It's easy to get caught up in the moment, give in to the doom and gloom but this blog today is a reminder that we don't have to. We can focus on the good things in our lives, and with that welcome in more positivity because there is so much good in the world, we just have to open our eyes to finding it.
These are my personal favourite tips to staying positive even when I feel negativity around me!
1. Surrounding myself with the people who bring out the best in me.
This one is quite important, I'm sure you've all heard the saying 'you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.' Have a think about who you've been surrounding yourself with? Do they bring out the best in you? Do you bring out the best in them? The people around you should inspire you and support you. I try and focus on surrounding myself with people who spread love, light and a zest for life, not the people who focus on hate and negativity.
2. Practicing Gratitude
This is something that helps heaps, and is a good practice to get in too.. I have to remind myself of this daily.. that's why I've set a reminder on my phone that goes off three times a day saying 'How does it get any better than this.' It reminds me to be present, and think about everything I love around me. Practicing gratitude can be as simple as writing down the things your grateful for each morning, something I try and do, and this gives me the chance to focus on a couple things, experiences and people I'm grateful for in my life.
3. Laugh, Dance, Smile
I know this one sounds silly, but try and laugh, spend some time dancing in front of the mirror to your favourite song, watching a funny Youtube, or doing something silly with your best friend. The world presents heaps of opportunities to laugh, we just need to take them.
4. Meditate/Be Still
I know sitting still seems impossible to many (my hubby included) and to be honest I was never that good at sitting still either, however with practice, stillness has much benefit to both our mind and our body. Before you jump in the shower, during your walk, before you crawl into bed, set an intention for yourself, focus on it and you'll continue your day, or finish your evening feeling calmer, more at ease and physically and mentally stronger. When I first introduced meditation into my routine I used the app 'Headspace' and I started with the 7 day trial, which is only 10 minutes. But start as low as 2-3 minutes if your just beginning and work your way up to 10 minutes of meditation/being still.
5. Move your body
Jumping jacks in the morning, a walk, or a full on workout. Moving your body has so many benefits, I find this especially true when I feel like I'm in a 'funk' or feel like i'm in a negative headspace, as soon as I move my body and sweat it out I feel way better and more clear. Try it, try waking up 10 minutes earlier and doing some jumping jacks, pushups and squats before jumping in the shower.
6. Reading books or quotes
I'm a huge sucker for quotes and personal development books. When I feel negativity around me I'll read a couple of my favourite quotes, it's amazing how turning your attention from the negative, to something positive can impact your whole body and ultimately your entire day. If you find yourself being sucked in to the negative, grab a cuppa tea, grab a book and sit down for 20 minutes. You will truly be surprised how fast your mind looses sight of those negative thoughts. Comment below if you'd like some ideas on some books I've found incredible helpful!
Writing out your thoughts can be incredibly helpful, and for a laugh it doesn't have to start with 'Dear Diary, today...' unless that works for you then go for it! Journalling can feel... silly sometimes, but just start writing, write about your day, how your feeling, how you felt when something specific happened, what your excited about, what your goals are, what your wildest dream is, just write.. let it all flow out of you. I find it clears my head and makes room for more thoughts and creativity.
8. Lastly, force yourself to get out in to nature
As hard as it sounds, get yourself up, get yourself out, go to an inspiring little cafe, go for a walk or take yourself down to the sea or lake. It will shift your entire mindset, and lift and inspire you!