How to stay positive

In challenging situations use these 3 tips to stay positive.

  • 25 August 2020
  • 2 min read

Recognising your mindset

We're living in a period of vast change, with the current situation you are more than likely aware that it is important to stay positive. Having an optimistic instead of pessimistic mindset has been shown to improve your physical and mental health. With life the way it is, it is understandable that it is hard to be positive when unexpected challenges and situations arise. Let's face it, right now is a unique situation starting or coming back to University and not knowing what lies ahead.

It can be easy to dwell on negatives and might be difficult to find positives but this won't be helpful. It can be useful to help re-frame thoughts to ensure we focus more on the positives, less on the negatives.

Making wholesale changes can be daunting and put you under more unnecessary pressure, so don’t do it to yourself. Small changes that are achievable will help keep your positivity levels high, so if you do make changes keep them manageable.

We’ve got some tips on how to stay positive and gain those mental wins on a day to day basis. They’re only small, but can help you make a difference to your mindset.

It can be useful to help re-frame thoughts to ensure we focus more on the positives, less on the negatives.

Implementing changes

1. Switch negatives to positives

This one will take a little effort and practise, however it is possible to retrain your brain to see the bright side in any situation. At the beginning you will have to do this deliberately, challenging yourself to see the positives in tough situations. Such as this experience in lock down, initially this will seem a negative. We feel you can probably find a lot of positives to come from the lockdown situation. Maybe working from home to enjoy a cleaner environment, living in Portsmouth we are sure you may have seen the crystal clear water, sharing quality time with friends rather than being in a busy packed environment. Or simply being able to spend more time at home with loved ones.

2. Look after your body

What you eat and drink has an impact on your emotions, just like your approach to sleep and exercise impacts your mental health. So to aid you in becoming a more positive thinker take a look at how you treat your body (and be honest) to identify potential areas for improvement. Set aside a few minutes to think about your diet, sleep and exercise habits because as you give your body more selfcare your mental and emotional needs respond to selfcare.

3. Give out positive vibes to feel positive

Acts of kindness not only make others feel happy it has been proven that they make you feel good as well. If you are able to form the habit of doing something kind for someone else at times when you are feeling down, anxious or hopeless this can make your negative periods shorter. Don't be a mood hoover, but instead aim for brilliance everyday. Right now there is no better time for acts of kindness, collecting medication for a vulnerable neighbour or sitting on the common sharing a picnic with friends.

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