Life is tough. That’s a fact we can all agree with. Each day we are faced with challenges that test our personal strength, both physically and emotionally. Daily life can cause frustration and take a toll on our ability to live a positive lifestyle. Throw in a major crisis and you may quickly lose all faith in life itself.
Although life is tough, it doesn’t have to break you down. Below are a few tips that can help you to keep positive despite the stress of daily life or even a major crisis.
Tips to Help You Stay Positive During Stressful Times:
- Remember, Everything Happens For a Reason – We have all heard these words a million times, and chances are they have been of little comfort in the center of a crisis, but as frustrating as it can be to accept, these words are true.
It is not about religion or a higher power, it is not meant to preach or even encourage you to pray, it is simply a fact of life that when something happens it leads to something else happening as well.
Every action has a reaction, so take peace in knowing that even the worst of times have a purpose in your life and are there to help you learn, grow, and move forward.
- Be Childish – No, I am not telling you to stick out your tongue or take your toys and leave, I am referring to a child’s imagination. When you are faced with a stressful moment or a difficult person it is often helpful to take a mini-mental break. Take a deep breath and allow your mind to conjure up a positive and relaxing, or even humorous, image.
This may be a warm sandy beach, a cozy cottage, a childhood memory, or the difficult person in their underwear. No matter what image you create be sure you take a moment to really enjoy it before you act.
With practice, which I suggest you do before escaping into this image for extended periods of time in the presence of other people, you will only need a split second to calm yourself before you react.
If you were not an imaginative child or you simply want some help using mental images for relaxation there are many sites online that can teach you about mental imagery or full-out meditation. Practice it now and save yourself some negative energy later.
- Stay Overly Aware of Your Own Thoughts – When we are faced with stress, whether it is simple daily stress or an extreme crisis, our thoughts can quickly slip to the negative side of the tracks.
During stressful times be sure you pay extra attention to the thoughts that are flowing through your mind, negative thoughts lead to negative energy, and as I have said before ‘negativity breeds negativity’. Find positive things in the moment and purposefully place positive thoughts inside your mind regularly.
- Don’t be a Hater – People are annoying, this is just another fact of life that we all must learn to deal with, but even when someone has your frustrated, irritated or outright mad, try to refrain from thinking ill of them. Negative thinking in any form has an impact on your mood, even negative thoughts directed towards others change our overall energy, so even when you are upset with a person try to find something positive about them and focus on that.
This method will help you to stay positive overall, and it will also help you to better deal with the annoying person long-term. When we look at people from a different angle we often see things we did not notice before, and what better angle than a positive one?
- Tune Out – Music can have a wonderful impact on our mood and soul. When you are faced with stress try tuning out by tuning in to your favorite music. Create a playlist of all your happiest, most positive feeling songs and turn them up, loud. Dance around if it makes you feel good, or sing at the top of your lungs. Whatever makes you happy goes.
- Let It Shine – Your pearly whites that is. It might seem simple but the truth is that it is very difficult to feel bad when you are smiling. There is just something about a big smile that boosts the soul, so next time you start to feel blah plaster on a smile and wear it around. Even if the smile doesn’t lift your spirits the people around you will because they will either feed of your positive energy, or look at you like your crazy. Either way it will brighten your day.
- Trust Your Gut – When you are really stressed out, frustrated or faced with a big decision it is always best to follow your gut instincts. If something feels wrong it probably is, and if your heart and soul won’t stop telling you it’s right you should really listen. It is even important that you follow your instinct to take time out, sometimes are instincts are a way of telling us our bodies can’t take anymore and need a break. Trust yourself and do what feels right for you.
- Let It Go – When I say let it go I am not only referring to the stress, which you should release and trust that there is a solution or end in sight, but your emotions as well. If you need to cry, cry. If you want to scream, scream. Bottling up your emotions is unhealthy, both physically and mentally so let your feelings show and move on once you are done. There is nothing wrong with feeling sad, angry or hurt etc.. The key is to feel these things and then move on to the positive things that life has to offer.
These items listed above are obviously not guaranteed to make you feel better during troubled times, but I hope that they might help you to get back on the path of positivity because when you are focused on the positive things in life the bad stuff seems to work out a lot faster and with far less effort.
How do you deal with stress and still stay positive?
Until Next Time…
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