1. Wake up and smile!
When you get out of bed in the morning, the first 5 minutes are more crucial than you think.
You need to make an active decision that you are in a good mood and not let morning grumpiness takeover! Whether putting music on in the background helps, or simply getting dressed and ready for the day, find your morning lift to help encourage a positive outlook.
2. Surround yourself with positive people
They say you become a mixture of the top 5 people you spend time with. No this doesn’t mean you start shape-shifting, it means to adopt traits of the people who are in your life most frequently. Humans are social beings who are influenced by all sorts of things around us, including environment and the company we keep. This means making sure you make time for people who make you feel good is vital and equally, cutting out those who give you a hard time is sometimes the best thing to do. Write down a list of the 5 people you spend most time with and see which traits you think you get from each of them. Perhaps you get your sense of humour from your Dad, your mischievous side from your best friend and your caring tenancies from your Mum. Note these down and see how these traits may change over time!
3. Set yourself ambitious but achievable goals, and celebrate when you achieve them!
In order to feel positive, sometimes you need to add in a sense of achievement too. Setting yourself goals is an amazing way to push yourself and keep learning through everything you do. For example, maybe you desperately want to save up enough for a special holiday. Give yourself a reasonable goal, whatever you can afford to put in your savings, and celebrate with your friends when you manage to raise it! Or perhaps it’s less about money, and more about performing better at work. If you’re constantly late, make yourself a goal to show up on time every day that month. Or push yourself to achieve one extra task in the day. There will always be occasions where other people create goals for you, but there’s nothing more satisfying than competing with your previous self. Knowing you’re improving and getting better every day can help you to feel more positive.
4. Make healthy choices every day
Treating yourself is important, but so is looking after your health. This doesn’t have to be a boring task, you can make it as fun as you like. For instance, having a smoothie instead of a mid-morning chocolate bar or packet of crisps. Go for a swim instead of your usual gym workout or swap a burger for salad one evening when you’re out for a meal. You can then feel positive knowing you’ve made the right decision for your health!
5. Find a hobby you love, and put the effort into making it a part of your life!
Having a hobby or a skill that you’re working on developing can make you feel extremely positive. There are so many great benefits of spending your time on a hobby. You can make a new completely separate group of friends, have something to focus on when you’re stressed, and similarly to point 3. you can set yourself goals and feel amazing when you achieve them. If you want to adopt a hobby but are stuck for ideas, here are some for you:
- Building dollhouses
- Photography – digital or film, you decide!
- Pot painting
6. Do something new every day!
Even if you’re not a particularly adventurous, there are ways you can introduce new things into your life every day. Try a new food, or sit in a different spot in your favourite cafe. It doesn’t have to be anything spectacular or dramatic for it to make you feel more positive and happy.
7. Take more photos
This isn’t just for those who would define themselves as serial-snapchatters. Not all photos have to be shared on social media! Taking more photos can be an amazing way to lock memories in your mind and have something you look back at.
Set yourself a goal to take one photo per day, this could be on film or digital or simply using your phone camera. Getting into the habit of taking photos can be something you learn to love, and you’ll never forget a special moment again.
8. Motivate your friends
Whatever it is your friends are passionate about, whether it’s jobs they’re applying for, holidays they are planning or projects they are working on, it’s your job to remind them how capable and amazing they are. Otherwise why would they be your friends, right? Sometimes you’ll need to be on hand to offer advice, sometimes you’ll have to be there to give them a stern word to get them out of their negative rut.
9. Brighten someone else’s day
We all know people in our lives that we’d be able to cheer up quite easily, so this is a good place to start! A hug, a text, a little note, anything that’s within your power to do… DO IT! Being thoughtful is an amazing quality and it’s something people tend to remember. Do something nice for someone whenever the opportunity arises and you in yourself will start to feel more positive.
10. Plan things to look forward to
Planning things to add to your calendar can help make you feel excited for the day, week, or month ahead and can also give chances to see people you may be missing. Make plans with family, friends and even on your own to keep your life active and positive.
I hope these tips have been helpful, please leave a comment below if you have any other advice to add!