Quite often we can get stuck in a rut where our motivation and happiness is running on empty. Life can be tough and some of situations we face can leave us feeling depressed and pessimistic as to what lies ahead. However altering your mind set isn’t as difficult as you may think. Ultimately you are in control of your emotions and you allow yourself to feel what you feel.
Here are some simple tips to help you lead a more positive, happier lifestyle
1. Start your day with gratitude
Instead of waking up with negative thoughts like ‘I hate my job’, force yourself to think about three things you are grateful for in your life. Examples could be your health, your friends or quite simply the roof over your head.
2. Watch your body language
We all know that our body language speaks a thousand words. If you walk around with your arms folded and your head down people are going to avoid you, making your day less sociable. Try to keep your body language open and friendly which could help you to engage and build relationships with more people.
3. Let go of that grudge
There may be times in life when others really hurt you and you cling on to those emotions of bitterness and resentment. Holding on to these emotions is like holding a toxic poison within your body. Try your best to forgive and move on from these situations. The past is the past and you’re only punishing yourself more by wasting energy on a grudge.
4. Get outside
Whether it’s jogging around the park or going for a walk, nature is supposed to be a quick win for boosting your mood. Appreciating scenery and breathing in fresh air is great for cleansing the mind. Exercise also releases endorphin’s which stimulate positive feelings within the body.
5. Be selective with the people in your life
The saying you are the company you keep couldn’t be more true. Make sure you are socialising with people who care and want what’s best for you. Ensure your friendship circle is positive and supportive by being built on genuine foundations. If that relationship is bringing you down and you have more reasons to leave than stay find the strength to cut it off.
6. Eat right
It’s been proven that healthy foods can aid in a positive mind. Try to eat more fresh, organic foods and allow their nutrients to boost your feelings of health and well-being. In turn allow yourself to have treats and meals out. A well balanced diet without starvation or binging can do wonders for your mood.
7. Make others smile
Giving someone a compliment or helping others to boost their confidence will not only increase their happiness, it will also increase yours. Happiness can be contagious and by spreading it to others it will come around full circle and increase yours.
8. Ignore the doubt
We all have moments in life where we feel scared to do something. It could be the fear of failure or rejection but until you give yourself a chance to do something you will never know. Sometimes chances pay off, sometimes they don’t, however, no matter the outcome, we always learn to deal with it in the end. It’s the fear of the unknown that can restrict us, so take control and believe in your abilities.