7 Ways To Stay Positive
I like to think that I am an optimistic person with a naturally positive personality and have always assumed everyone was like this. Over the last few years, I have realised that I am very fortunate for the way I choose to see the world and that not everyone is always naturally positive and open to optimism on a daily basis. I thought today I would write a more reflective post about the 7 everyday ways I stay positive.
Photography by Amber-Rose Smith
1. POSITIVITY IS A CHOICE
I've read a lot of books over the years that have always highlighted the same thing: you choose to live a positive lifestyle, no one else can do it for you. I usually wake up early and start by making a to-do list for the day ahead. It's important for me to plan time for myself and my work, now that I am full-time in blogging. I also grab some fruit, a hot drink and a bowl of porridge to help kick-start the day. It all helps to make me feel energised and good about myself. We all have mornings where we are slow to get going and sometimes negative thoughts can get in the way. If you start thinking positively from the minute you wake up, then chances are it will stay with you throughout the day. Remember, you are in control of how you feel.
I always looked up to my mum's optimism. When I was growing up, I was always the creative kid, not the academic one that got straight A's in Physics. Mum always reminded me of my own talents and encouraged me to live a life where I could use them everyday and to my heart's content. Over the last few months in particular when I started to fear the future after I graduated University this summer, I have started encouraging myself to never say no to opportunities and remember that you can do what you want in this world. It's not about asking yourself: "Why should I do things?" it's about asking the question "Why not?"
3. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH POSITIVE PEOPLE
There is nothing more important than surrounding yourself with positive people. Over the years, I've always gravitated towards like-minded people and individuals who had a positive outlook on life. It's so important to be with people who make you feel good and want to spend an afternoon just 'being' and laughing.
4. REMEMBER WHAT YOU ARE GRATEFUL FOR
I am always so grateful for the support I get from my friends and family. There is something about knowing you always have some back-up in life that makes family so special. I'm grateful for the friends I made at University, the most incredible best friend who I can also call my boyfriend and can just about put up with me talking about blogging 24/7, and a supportive family who are always there for me no matter what. Those are the people I am grateful for, and I remind myself of that on a daily basis. I'm also incredibly grateful to have two dogs who put a smile on my face everyday, even when they do play up or occasionally chew something important...
5. IT'S GOOD TO BE EXCITED ABOUT THE LITTLE THINGS
Ask any of my friends and family, and they will tell you that I get excited over the smallest things. Even a freshly squeezed orange juice or a cup of tea will get me saying it's the best thing I've ever tasted! I think this must be a family thing - my grandad used to do this a lot! But finding a taste or a smell or something that makes you feel good, even if it's just one piece of dark chocolate every day (which is what I do), something so small can really brighten up your day.
6. EXERCISE IS KEY
This is one of the commonest ways of keeping a healthy mind, and it doesn't have to be a full on workout! Everyday I like to do something active, it makes me feel good and ready to get some work done. I personally love waking up to a bit of yoga, it allows me to relax first thing in the morning. I'm also lucky in that I have the dogs, and I can walk them everyday and get out of the house! Even walking around a city or the countryside can clear your head and make you feel more positive inside.
7. PLAN SOMETHING NEW & LOOK FORWARD TO IT!
I've heard said that people enjoy the planning and looking forward to a holiday just as much as the holiday itself! I am very much one of those people. When I booked Cambridge, I was so excited about visiting this new city, trying new cafes and restaurants and exploring somewhere new. I really wanted to go back to Italy this summer, but plans don't always work out and you sometimes forget what beautiful places are right on your doorstep in your own country. I am so glad I got to visit this beautiful city and I cannot wait to do it again. Oxford is next on my UK City bucket list! If you have any Oxford City recommendations, please send them my way!!