If you feel like stress is your constant companion, you’re not alone. In fact, the American Psychological Association (APA) found that roughly 44 percent of Americans have seen an increase in their stress levels over the past five years.1 There are plenty of ways to relieve stress but sometimes the simplest solution is to change your outlook.
By injecting a little positivity into your life, you may find your stress starts to wane and your ability to cope with the challenges of daily life increases.
Cultivating positivity can be difficult, especially in times of stress, but there are simple things you can do to put yourself in a more positive mindset. Here are 6 simple tips to help you stay positive.
We all wake up on the wrong side of the bed from time to time but if you want to stay positive throughout the day, start your morning with a little stress relief. Just 15 to 30 minutes of yoga, meditation, or journaling can calm your spirit and center your mind, so you have the fortitude to make it through the day. Even something as simple as sitting down for a healthy breakfast can help.
The voice inside your head has the power to impact your mood and your outlook on life. If you engage in negative self-talk it may exacerbate your stress and lead you down a path of pessimism. When you find yourself thinking negative thoughts, pause for a moment and try to reframe them in a more positive light. It may take some practice, but the results are well worth it.
When you wallow in self-pity, negativity comes naturally. If you want to turn your negative outlook around, consider cultivating an attitude of gratitude. Make an effort each and every day to acknowledge the things you have to be thankful for and use them as a reminder when your attitude starts to go sour. Try keeping a journal or use a daily gratitude journal app to catalogue the things you’re thankful for.
It’s easy to become swallowed by stress and negativity when you’re socially isolated, so make an effort to connect with others as often as possible. It could be as simple as hiking with a friend or setting a date to meet for coffee. If you’re not comfortable with in-person activities quite yet, call someone you haven’t talked to in a while or connect over email or text.
When you’re feeling well physically, you’re more likely to feel well mentally. Take care of your body by following a healthy diet, getting plenty of sleep, and engaging in exercise on a regular basis. Exercise is a great way to boost your mood and bolster your positivity because it triggers the release of mood-enhancing neurochemicals like serotonin and dopamine.
Cultivating a positive attitude can be a challenge at times, especially when you’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed. If you’re struggling with negative self-talk or symptoms of anxiety or depression, reach out for professional help. Talk to your doctor or take advantage of online psychiatry consultations to get you the help you need without having to leave home.
There is no secret solution for banishing stress completely, but you have the power to choose how you handle yourself when things get rough. Put some of the tips above to work and start choosing positivity. You may find that by choosing to see the silver lining in every raincloud the burden of stress starts to feel a little bit lighter over time.