I’ve always been quite a positive person, well as far as I remember. I’m all for spreading positivity and I always try to make some light of any negative situation. I think we’re all pulled into this feeling of dread and sadness when something negative happens and I know how hard it can be to find positivity within something that’s considered to be negative.
It might be easier to think of the worst outcomes sometimes rather than the best, it’s easy to feel like there’s no good within a bad situation but I personally believe that there can be even a glimpse of positivity in every situation, even if it’s really hard to find sometimes.
With this in mind, I thought I’d share with you a few things that we can all do this year to bring some positivity into our own lives and to the lives of those around us. This isn’t going to be a post about how life should be super positive all the time because it’s not, I know that for a fact as I’m sure all of you reading this do aswell. The things I’m about to mention are just a few small steps that you might be able to take to make your days a little easier and happier.
I think it’s important to make little changes every once in a while, to remove some toxicity from your life and to move onwards and upwards and I think the things I’m about to list might help some of you out with that, who’s with me?
Put yourself first
I think many of us forget that sometimes the most important person is yourself. Although it’s great to put others first (I’m all for that), it’s also so important to take some time to yourself and focus on you and only you sometimes. It might sound a little selfish but we all need some time alone every once in a while. We all need to think of what the best thing is for ourselves. So make this year the year that you take some time off, pamper yourself, go for a nice long walk, make decisions that will make you happy. They’re only little things but I can assure you that they can make such a difference.
Tell people how you feel
They say that a problem shared is a problem halved, right? If you’re struggling with something then don’t keep it to yourself, I know it can be hard but honestly the best thing you can do is talk to someone about how you’re feeling. There are so many people out there who can help you, I think a lot of us forget that sometimes. But also, the things you have to say don’t have to be deep. I think talking to people and telling them how you really feel about anything is such a positive thing to do, it might just put a smile on their face aswell as yours. So if you like someone, tell them. If you love someone, tell them. If you appreciate someone, tell them. If you want to spend more time with someone, tell them. Let’s make this year the year we talk more about feelings, what’s worrying us, what’s making us happy, how others make us feel. Life is too short not to let the people around us know how they make us happy, how much we care about them, how much we want them in our lives. Be honest with people, don’t hold anything back.
You know that jumper you never wear? Those heels which are physically impossible to walk in? Yeah, all those things you’ve forgotten about in the back of your wardrobe, why not donate them? There are so many people out there who are in need, who would appreciate a lot of the things you have to give, the things you don’t need. Even if you’re not in a position to donate something like clothes or money then why not donate your time? Even to those closest to you, help out a friend or a family member, make things easier for them, I bet they’ll be nothing but grateful and it’s such a positive thing to do.
Social media can prove to be a very negative place. There are so many influencers to be found online these days. If you’re following someone and you’re finding that their content is having a negative affect on you then unfollow, put yourself and your mental health first. I think we often forget that it’s ok to unfollow sometimes. I used to feel so bad and guilty for unfollowing or blocking someone, whether it be someone’s instagram who I happened to stumble upon or someone I’ve known in my life offline. Unfollowing/blocking someone who has a negative impact on your life is a step towards moving forward, it took me until recently to fully realise that.
Start something new
Do you find that you have the same old routine everyday? Why not try finding some time to start something new, try something different? Maybe learn to play an instrument you’ve always loved listening to, going on a long walk to somewhere you’ve never been before or even starting your own blog? So much positivity can be found when you put your mind to something different, something you’re passionate about. Blogging was my new thing to try, that was almost three years ago now, crazy right? But it’s honestly one of the best things I’ve ever decided to do and I have found so much positivity from it. Blogging isn’t to everyone’s taste, I know that but have a think about what you’d like to do, what you’d find enjoyment and positivity by doing and turn to that when you need a little pick me up or something different to focus on.
How are you planning to bring positivity into your life throughout 2018? I’d love to know what little things you’ll be doing or changing.