25 Ways to Stay Positive in Trying Times

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Life gets rough at times. You may be experiencing personal challenges, surrounded by negative people, or inundated with bad news, but you don’t have to feel yucky because of it.

As I write this we are nearing the presidential election and I find that talk of politics and all of the negativity involved is upsetting me. My clients feel the same way. It’s hard to stay positive with so much ugliness going on.

So this may be the perfect time to find some ways to feel good when when life is dragging us down.

  1. Listen to uplifting music, maybe even have your own personal dance party
  2. Go for a brisk walk
  3. Vent your frustrations on paper and then destroy it in some way
  4. Pray
  5. Watch cat, puppy, or baby videos
  6. Stop watching the news or at least limit your exposure to it
  7. Watch a funny movie or do anything that makes you laugh
  8. Spend time in nature
  9. BAM what upsets you – bless it and move on
  10. Snuggle or play with your pets or children
  11. Start writing daily in a journal
  12. Surround yourself with people who lift you up
  13. Volunteer or find someone worse off than you and help them
  14. Take a little extra time with your appearance and wear something you feel great in
  15. Read something uplifting
  16. Watch children play
  17. Avoid unnecessary challenging conversations about politics or other issues
  18. Follow websites/social media about positive news like Good News Network or Happify
  19. Do something loving for someone else
  20. Give and receive hugs
  21. Smile – it literally puts your brain in a more positive state
  22. When you catch yourself focusing on negative thoughts -shift channels
  23. Do something special to nurture yourself, like a bath or massage
  24. Bring a beautiful bouquet of flowers into your living space
  25. Write a daily list of blessings, magical moments, or things you are grateful for

What other ideas do you have that can help us all stay positive?

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