Hey friends! As you might have noticed in my last couple of blog posts (particularly these two), I was in a tiny bit of a funk. Now, I’ve been the person that’s been in a funk for years. I still struggle with anxiety on the regular, but I’ve gotten much better at controlling the way that I think which is the first step in a more positive mindset.
List off five things you’re grateful for
I think I’ve mentioned this one before, but I do it every morning. Whether you’re talking to yourself, God, the Universe – whatever you believe in – just name off a few things/feelings. I will be grateful for everything from beautiful weather to a conversation with a friend to a FaceTime with a crush to just being alive and healthy. I promise you, it’ll help. And soon you’ll be more and more grateful for things around you because you’re looking for positivity in your life. Who knows, maybe some days you’ll be able to list off way more than 5!
Smile and look at the people around you
This may seem simple, but I noticed that when I’m in a mood, sometimes I don’t even look at people. I’ve been walking on the trail before and noticed that I purposely looked away from people near me because I didn’t want to make eye contact. How cranky! So on days I’m feeling particularly crabby (and just in general), I try to make it a point to look at people and SMILE at them. I know, rough life. But not only will it make them feel better, but it’ll make you feel better. The more you smile, the better you’ll feel. Plus, maybe you’ll make someone else’s day in the process.
Talk to someone that cares about you
Now, we all have that friend that loves to be the devil’s advocate – and we LOVE that friend – but not today. Talk to the friend that is overly excited about life. The positive friend. The friend that’ll listen to you, but give you upbeat and positive advice instead of agreeing with you when you’re in a poor mood. Yesterday I had a conversation with two people that make me happy and I just couldn’t be in a bad mood anymore.
Fake it ’til you make it
This is and probably always will be one of my most favorite quotes of all time. This has helped me with self confidence issues, imposter issues (when I feel like I’m not “qualified” or “good enough” for something) and just mood problems in general. I annoy myself sometimes, but if I’m in a bad mood I will FORCE myself to think positively. I’ll smile at everyone, laugh at my boss’
dumb jokes, make myself go and talk to a coworker even though I have a lot of work to do, send flirty texts even though I’m chicken … etc. Trust me, even after a couple minutes of pretending you’re happy, I bet you’ll feel a little better.
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Do you have any tips or tricks?