5 Tips to Help You Stay Positive on a Down Day

Hi Guys! I hope everyone has settled back into work or school after the Christmas break. Look on the bright side, today is Friday which means the start of the weekend πŸ™‚ . Today’s post is on tips to help you stay positive on a down day. Below I have included 5 simple tips to help you stay and think more positively after a bad day.

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Make a plan

Often we just feel β€œoff” and we let it affect our day without finding out what it is that made us feel down in the first place. So, identify what’s making you feel down. Remember to be specific and once that’s done, you can start making a plan.

Write out what you can do to turn around your bad/down mood. It’s so important to be proactive in changing your situation, this will make you feel better knowing it’s only temporary and you’re working towards a bigger purpose.

 

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Turn disappointment on its head.

When you’ve had a disappointment or failure, go and finish something that you’ve been needing to do, this can be anything. Complete a task that’s been on your to-do list. No matter how small it is, do it!

For Example when I experience a work disappointment, the first thing I do is complete another project. This is because it forces your head and heart to change gears, and it will point you in a more positive and mindful direction.

 

Gratitude

When you start to get stressed and depressed, stop and say β€œthank you” to anything. So even if you’re feeling unhappy, there is always something you can be grateful for. Β Thank your house, for providing you with four walls, comfort and warmth.

Thank your car, for continuing to start. Thank your job, even if you hate it, because it keeps you fed and clothed. This doesn’t mean you have to give up on achieving more, but get in the habit of acknowledging life’s little achievements.

 

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Sign out of Facebook

Social media has done so many positive things to bring people together, but there is a dark side. Many studies have shown that checking social media can actually trigger depression because we often compare ourselves to our peers, creating feelings of inadequacy and doubt.

Therefore start limiting your exposure to your Facebook or Twitter feed. At work, check them only if you have to. Keep in mind that most people are always going to share the happy moments in their lives, they are not going to share if they are feeling crappy on the inside. Pictures can be deceiving so don’t compare your insides to somebody else’s outsides.

 

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Listen to a favourite song

Studies have shown that listening to music you like can alter your mood and even alleviate depression. In your iPod/Phone, make a β€œFeel Better” playlist that includes songs that work in lifting your mood. Try to choose positive, uplifting songs that you can sing along to.

 

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It’s extremely hard to stay positive when you’re having a down day, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try. I hope the above tips will help you to do that!

Niamh-Psychotherapist xx

2 thoughts on “5 Tips to Help You Stay Positive on a Down Day

  1. Hi Noelle, that actually wouldn’t be my area of expertise, what you’d be looking for there would be a couples/marriage counsellor. If you type in marriage counselling and your desired location into google, a few should come up for you. Marriage counselling can be fantastic for situations like that. I can do a blog post on that topic soon if it’s of interest also.

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