Yes, I know this is literally the 600 millionth article written about trying to stay positive in a world gone out of control. But man, doesn’t it seem as though things are getting nuttier by the minute? Every single day, something new happens that makes us want to hide under the covers. So, despite there being a bazillion and a half articles out there already, I wanted to give my best advice to you to help you stay positive in a crazy world.
What Does Crazy Even Mean?
We need to first look at what crazy means. At the end of the day, it means you don’t feel you have control over your life. When we don’t feel like we have control, it makes us feel, well, crazy.
It may seem like staying positive is a daily struggle. Learning to flip the switch from negative to positive takes daily practice.
Take a look at your environment. Is it sane? Work, family, this pandemic lockdown we’re finally beginning to emerge from…do you feel like you’re living in Crazytown? Once you acknowledge the source of the negativity, it can make it that much easier to snatch your power back by taking control of your internal responses.
It’s all about perspective.
Steps To Maintain Sanity and Positivity
Life is driven by a series of choices, from the moment you wake up until you hit the pillow at night. This is why I guide my clients into creating a meaning, a purpose for each and every day. If you have only one thing to focus on, to get done, to appreciate…make that your purpose. When you place your focus on that purpose, it centers you and provides that positive motivation and helps you to maintain a semblance of control. Be purposeful.
- Take it in stride: Those four words are number one on this list for a reason. Take everything that happens in stride. Stop trying to control what you have no control over. Make it a choice to look on the bright side. That may sound trite or cliche, but it’s more complicated than it sounds. It takes consistency, a conscious decision to let things roll off and look forward.
- Create a daily purpose: Tackle a to-do list. Read a book. Write a chapter. Listen to a podcast. Read the bible. Set aside time, whether it’s 5 minutes or 50. Happiness is contentment, not euphoria. When you’re feeling settled or accomplished, you’re offering yourself a moment of calm.
- Breathe in the beautiful moments: Find that one moment that made you smile, hold onto it, and soak it in. Do this, every single day. A beautiful sunrise or sunset, a butterfly landing on your shirt, your kid proclaiming love. Whatever it is, it was good and you need to hold onto that.
- Choose optimism over pessimism: The cup is half full. It’s about reframing your thought pattern, and that takes work. But, the more you choose to look at the bright side, the brighter everything will look. Practice makes perfect.
- Limit social media and online content consumption: Right now, it seems like everyone, everywhere, is negative. Limit your online time, that way you’re not soaking in the negativity.
- Practice gratitude: Remind yourself of the good things in your life. Family, friends, health, a roof over your head. Whatever those good things look like in your life, stop for a moment and appreciate them.
- Bring on the endorphins: Move your body. Turn on the music and have a dance party in the kitchen. Practice yoga. Go for a walk. Swim in the ocean/lake/pool. Ride your bike. Raising your endorphins is a form of self care, and it’s SO necessary.
- Morning stretches: Maybe stretching seems silly to you. But, trust us, it works. It loosens and opens your entire body, allowing you to be more open to positivity.
- Surround yourself with positivity: Shut down the voice in your head, that Negative Nagging Nelly that likes to rear itself. Hang out with your happiest friends. Practice self care (hello manicure/pedicure!).
Always remember, the only thing you can control out of this whole insane world, is YOU and how you respond to the negativity.
If you’re struggling, please call us. Our first consultation is free, and we can help you find your positive purpose.