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 🙂 . 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.
Make a plan
Often we just feel “off” 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.
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.
When you start to get stressed and depressed, stop and say “thank you” to anything. So even if you’re feeling unhappy, there is always something you can be grateful for. 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.
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.
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 “Feel Better” playlist that includes songs that work in lifting your mood. Try to choose positive, uplifting songs that you can sing along to.
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!