- Tuesday, 28 July 2015 -

How to Stay Positive

Hello my lovelies! They say that a smile is contagious, and when positivity basically radiates from a person, it's hard not to get gripped by their warmth. Throughout my life, I've been countlessly pegged as the quintessential positive person, always happy and rarely complaining, when in reality I find keeping a smile a daily struggle. My depression depletes my positivity, so I do find it a bit harder than others to look on the bright side. It's impossible to stay happy all the time, but it's important to stay positive, whether the situation be good or bad.

It may sound obvious, but strive to find the positive in things. Some people are naturally pessimistic so sometimes it helps to take a step back and think "is this really the end of the world?"

Subsequently, it helps to put things into perspective. It can be so easy to get caught up in the worries and woes of life that sometimes it's just necessary to take a breath and remember what really matters.

Completely immerse yourself in things you enjoy. Whether it's jamming to your favourite tune and dancing like no ones watching or hibernating in a hefty duvet fort to binge-watch Netflix in, do what makes you happy and you will soon find your mood elevated.

It's important to always be kind to yourself. Especially if you're feeling the weight of the world on your shoulders. So, indulge in that well-deserved pamper session, take yourself out for coffee and cake, as it's important not to wallow in the negativity.

It may sound counter-productive, but don't be afraid to let it all out. Do you ever find yourself feeling like things have been going so good for so long that something bad is just bound to happen? People tend to bottle things up, however, in the long-run, this can be a dangerous and self-destructive tendency. So grab those tissues and have yourself a good cry.

Reaching out to family and friends can help eradicate any niggling feelings of negativity. You'll probably find that they struggle with the same issues you do, granting you some comfort and relief that you're not alone.

Try unplugging from the world and its constant buzz in your ear. Find solace in a good book or practice mindfulness to keep your head in the moment and feet on the ground.

Make a list (because who doesn't love lists?) of everything you're grateful for. This will serve as your physical reminder that the good out-ways the bad. Look at it when you're feeling low and recapture the positivity you felt when writing it.

How do you stay positive?

  1. sometimes staying positive is extremely difficult! but i love all the different ideas on this list!!

  2. Love this post Claire! Sometimes it's really hard to stay positive but I find that I do a lot of these to help when times get tough for me. Especially unplugging - the internet is great, but not an ace place to vent all the time.

    Fii | little miss fii

  3. By knowing that there's YouTube and that it can cheer me up whenever I'm down haha


  4. I'm totally on board with the having a good cry every now and then.
    I agree, you can't let it build and build or you will explode.
    I've found that sometimes if i just cry and let it out (or should i say 'Let it goooooo') afterwards I'm all 'Oh, i'm fine, I feel totally fine now, what was all the drama for?'
    Also, glad someone else a list freak too. I'm addicted to making lists :)
    Great post
    x tink x

  5. This is such a lovely post and something I definitely need right now, especially having a break from the world I find helps best and having a break from all work!


  6. This post definitely can at the right time for me! Thank you :) x


  7. I love this post! I completely agree that staying positive can often take a daily effort. I know it sounds so simple but I agree that looking for the positive in situations really will help you feel upbeat. I've also read that smiling really does make you happier - apparently it's a physical reaction to the act of smiling which 'tricks' your body into thinking you genuinely are happy. I don't know if it really works, but I do try to smile as much as possible - especially on blue days or if something bad happens (I hit myself in the head with my umbrella earlier and immediately smiled it off - and et voilĂ , I didn't feel angry or upset!).


  8. This is such a sweet post <3 <3 <3 I am totally supporting the idea of taking myself out for cake ;) Who can't stay positive when there's cake around?!
    She Will Be

  9. I definitely agree with these points. I try to do things I enjoy when I'm feeling down... however, sometimes, I don't enjoy even the things I usually enjoy. that's when I know I need an intervention. talking to people also helps.


  10. Hi Claire,

    Nice blog post, I will come back here to remember some of these tips. We made a happy jar, where every so often you write something positive on a bit of paper and fold it into a jar and months later you can remember things that you can be grateful for :)


  11. Lovely post, sometimes it's nice to have a reminder on these things!
    Whenever I feel down a bit, I try to think about at least one thing I'm grateful for and then I usually end up thinking about tons of different things. It helps, a lot.



  12. I recently wrote a similar post, I think things like this are so important! Such a lovely post x