If you’ve been following some of the news lately or the election in the US, it can feel like we’re living in some pretty stressful times right now. (The media does have a way of making things sound way more dramatic :)). But it is possible to stay positive and continue on the journey of bettering your life even when things around you are a little chaotic. Here’s how to stay positive during tough times.
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First, you have to protect your energy. That might sound a little woo-woo, but I just mean that you can pay attention to how you feel throughout the day and try to avoid activities that drain your energy or make you feel negative or stressed out.
I was watching the debate the other day (bad idea haha) and afterwards I just felt so on edge. It’s amazing how things like that actually do affect our moods more than we realize. That’s why in general I avoid watching the news and following current events as much as possible. It might sound like avoiding reality, but I know for me personally that I can do the most good in the world when I’m happy and well, and following every single disaster or tragic event that happens is not conducive to that. As they say, you can’t pour from an empty cup.
One way to figure out how things affect your mood or “energy,” so to speak, is to track it for a week. Each day, write down a number score from 1-10 with 1 being that you were really depressed, and 10 being that you were super happy. You might also want to write down one or two significant events or moments in the day that made you choose the score you did.
A few years ago I tracked my moods like this for a few weeks and was finally able to pinpoint one of the reasons why I was feeling tired and grumpy all the time and eliminate it from my life. If you find certain activities or people put you in a bad mood when you’re tracking this, try reducing it from your life as much as possible.
If you’re a sensitive person like I am, the best way to protect your energy and positive mindset is to stay away from the “energy vampires” and people or things that try to cloud the world with negativity. That might mean not watching the news or scrolling through social media.
If there’s one message I want you to come away with, it’s this: you get to choose your attitude in life.
Even if bad things are happening around you or you see less-than-happy things happening in the world, you still can choose to have a positive attitude toward life. In this world, being happy is an act of rebellion.
You can be a beacon of light in a stormy world.
You get to choose how you see the world – positively or negatively. And it’s a lot more fun to be happy, so you might as well choose to look for the positive. 😃
Being positive isn’t a random thing only “special” people are born with – it’s an active choice you make in how you respond to what happens in life. You may not be able to control what happens in the world, but you can always control your attitude toward it and how you choose to respond.
You don’t have to get sucked into the negativity of the media or the overly dramatic headlines splashed across the news. If being around negative things like that upsets you, then you’re allowed to detox all that negativity from your life. Turn off the news, don’t use social media, put your phone on silent, turn off all the notifications, and go read a personal development book or do a few minutes of yoga or take a nice bath.
I believe you’ll always find what you’re looking for, so try searching for the good things happening in the world or in the lives of people around you, and focus on those things instead. Despite what some would say, there is still a whole lot of good in the world, waiting to be discovered. 🙂
If you’d like more tips for dealing with tough times, check out our 30 Day Negativity Detox.