It’s a fact – Life can wear us down. We may naturally be an optimistic individual, but easily lose our positive outlook if we are surrounded by too much negativity.
Often, during tough times, we are more stressed and less able to jump back to normal and welcome the positive.
Each one of us has a different way to cope with the challenges. While you remain strong and face anything life throws at you, you are only human and you will have a breaking point, too. It is how you think and what you do at these times that matters.
Here are 25 fast and simple things you can do right now to feel better and live life positively.
1. Stay Optimistic
Positivity is the first and most important factor in feeling better. It’s true that there are many problems and challenges that you will have to face, but through it all there should be a gleam of positivity. It’s where you will draw your hope and strength.
Staying positive despite what life throws at you is not a form of gullibility, but rather a form of strength. It helps you stay the course when you can see the good through all the bad.
2. Trust Your Journey in Life
Even if sometimes you may feel that life has not favored you, as long as you have air to breath, you are lucky. Always think that you are. Trust life. Trust living.
Life has so much to offer if you just look in the right places.
Ever heard of the Chinese story of the old man who lost his horse? Sometimes, things may look bleak at first, but there is always a silver lining. It may have happened for a reason. Trust your journey in life and think about what positive ends could come from it.
You may not see it now, but if you keep looking and trusting life, you will see it soon enough. A blessing in disguise.
3. Let Go Of The Negative Feelings
The negative feelings, thoughts and emotions that you carry with you can be heavy and stressful. If you carry them with you every day, time will come when everything will burst out all at once, and bruise your emotions. Don’t let that happen. Although the challenges you encounter in life are something you don’t always have full control over, how it affects you is something that you can control. Let go of the negative vibes in your life and focus on the good things only.
Easier said than done right? Here’s the trick: think about the good things that happened in your life. Be grateful about these things. You feel better already. Let’s talk more about it…
4. Be Grateful: It Doesn’t Cost A Penny
It’s easy to get influenced with the things that are just not going right in our lives. So, it is necessary that we regularly remind ourselves of all the sunnier things that have happened to us. Practicing gratitude improves your mood, provides a sound sleep and drastically lowers stress and anxiety levels.
To start on with your optimistic journey, jot down at least two things you are thankful for every day. Let me start: Today, I am grateful for having a beaming child, my healthy parents and my loving spouse. See? I even did three.
No matter what religious practices you follow, there is a superpower beyond every religion. Be thankful to that power that has bestowed you with so many good things in your life. Be grateful to those who help you to be successful.
Be thankful that you are an important part of the world and playing a significant role. A grateful mindset will prevent the negativity from piling up in your mind and soul.
5. Say Thank You More
Expressing gratitude is a good way of lightening your mood, especially if you’ve had a rough day. Saying “thank you” to those people you meet or work with who have done even the simplest actions for you can be heart warming, and can make you both feel good.
Gratitude also means showing your appreciation. Appreciating the small things in your life will give you more room to appreciate the big things more. This can promote positivity in yourself and in others, too.
6. Pay Attention to the Now
Stop living in the past – you can’t undo it. Don’t live in the future – you don’t know yet what will happen. Regretting the past, or being anxious about the future can lead to great anxiety. Instead, live in the now. Now is where you get to experience everything for real. Now is what you have that you can control. Live for the present, not the past or future.
7. Be Mindful: After All It’s Not So Difficult
The concept of “mindfulness” is not something new. In simple words, being mindful means staying in the here and now.
It is a large part of many meditative approaches to attain sound mental health. It has become an important tool in various healing forms, such as psychotherapy.
The various practices of mindfulness integrate physical and mental exercises that help prevent stress from becoming a major problem in the first place.
Does it sound challenging?
Maybe not so much, but it definitely requires some perseverance, patience and practice to stay in the present moment. So, you still think it’s easy to achieve? Okay, stop reading and just take a note of your thoughts and observe them for a few seconds.
Try staying in the present moment. You may be successful doing this for a while, but soon you will find yourself drifting with a stream of thoughts that are usually negative. To develop your mindfulness muscle, you need to take things to a higher and spiritual level. Once you are successful in staying in the present moment, you will find you can dramatically decrease your stress.
Your happiness will increase tenfold. Mindfulness will provide you bursts of insight that might change your life for better, too. So, start by becoming aware of your thoughts and staying in the now and gradually you will see your life moving to a more optimistic abode.
One way of developing your mindfulness is meditation. Read on…
8. Meditation: The Gateway To The Soul
Meditation is a pure, clean and simple technique to make you aware of who you are beyond this world using your mind and body. Today’s hectic lifestyle is keeping us away from the peace we really deserve. Meditation is an amazing practice to put stress that crops up in our daily lives at bay.
Even science has evidence to support the incredible effects of meditation in lowering your blood pressure and reducing your stress levels. Isn’t this mindful-technique much safer and effective than popping high blood pressure pills?
Regular meditation practice strengthens your spiritual awareness and keeps you connected to that higher superpower, which is the sole nourishment for peaceful living.
When you become aware of your surroundings and nature, you start to see them in a different light. Simply speaking, when you start to meditate regularly, you start to feel rejuvenated.
9. Yoga: Posing Your Way To Fitness
Many people are practicing soothing yogic asana to benefit their physical, psychological, and emotional well-being. If you haven’t tried yoga for anxiety and stress, then you should seriously consider it.
During yoga, you focus solely on your breath and your body, which in turn encourages you to terminate thoughts that are the root evil of your negative thoughts.
When you practice yogic asana, you feel each sensation fully and get in-tune with everything your body is undergoing.
Much of the physical postures performed in yoga are meant to help you get ready for a meaningful meditation practice. The abilities to concentrate on your breath and to take away the focus from your bodily pain are essential for both yoga and meditation. Ok, let’s talk about your breathing…
10. Breathe Slowly: Exhale Stress And Tension
The advice “take a deep breath” may seem like a hoax, but it holds true when it comes to stress. Some may also argue that breathing is fundamental or elementary; something you don’t have to think about. Well, if it is so, you will master it in just a few sessions.
Yogic gurus have found that when you control your breathing correctly, it provides the resource of fresh oxygen that will help you think more clearly and focus on the task at hand.
And, when you are fully concentrated on your task, nothing is impossible. The major part of any yogic exercise is breathing exercises, also termed, “pranayama.” You may be amazed to experience the positive effects of breath work on your everyday stress levels.
For ages, ancient yogis and monks have been conscious of their breathing during meditation.
For an easy, yet effective breathing exercise, sit up on a comfortable couch with your feet firmly placed on the ground and hands on top of your knees. Now, breathe in and out slowly and deeply. Ensure that you are observing the movement of your lungs as they are filled with fresh air.
Visualize that you are breathing in oxygenated air that is expelling all the toxins out of your body as you breathe out. While shallow breathing causes tension, deep breathing oxygenates your blood and clears your foggy mind. You can also practice taking slow and deep breaths while you are standing up or stretching gently.
11. Smile: It’s Free, Easy And Contagious
Somebody once said that smiling is addictive. Not only that, it’s contagious, too. When you smile, the world smiles with you. It is nearly impossible to be sad when you have that broad smile on your face.
No matter what ups and downs you are facing in your life, your smile can light up even the gloomiest environment and hearts of your loved ones. A smile can make your world a bit happier and a bit brighter, for sure.
You exude confidence when you smile, which will definitely erase most of the stress of others. So, go and face this restless world with a smile, and you will create a peaceful and happy life for yourself.
12. Laugh Out Loud
When was the last time that you laughed your lungs out? The sort of laugh where your belly hurts and your eyes become watery? You must have seen children enjoying such bursts of laughter. It’s pretty easy for them. Unfortunately, the same enjoyable activity becomes trickier for older people. They tend to laugh less and stress more.
We all know that laughter is the best medicine. It gives your mind a break from worrying and reenergizes your senses. There is a scientific reason for how laughter can work wonders to make you feel light and refreshed.
A hormonal imbalance is one of the basic reasons of stress and anxiety. When you laugh, hormones change in your body, specifically those that are involved in the natural stress response. The level of stress hormones, epinephrine and cortisol, is reduced when you laugh.
The epinephrine hormone causes you to have constricted blood vessels and an increased pulse rate. This hormone is released during the fight or flight response.
At the same time, the cortisol hormone is also released when you are stressed. The increase in cortisol hormone weakens your immune system, decreases bone formation, and heightens blood sugar.
Your hearty laugh works to change the hormone levels in your body, and reduce the effects of stress. Do we really need any research to prove what a good laugh can do for us? No, because when we laugh, we can feel how de-stressing it is.
13. Achieve A Healthy Balance In Your Life
You should learn to balance every trait of your life, since nothing in a tiny amount or an extreme is good for anyone. Keep aside some moments for yourself and find out if everything is in balance in your life. Are you overworking yourself? Are you unable to spend the right amount of time with your family?
Once you have assessed the possible problem areas of your life, learn ways to balance everything out. It is important that you give one hundred percent of your efforts to your work field, but also ensure that you take time to de-stress and enjoy quality moments with your loved ones.
Remember, when you force yourself to work on something beyond a certain limit, you are subjecting yourself to continuous pressure and strenuous mental and physical activity. This will definitely, in the long term, cause your body and mind to become lethargic and exhausted. When you feel tired, your ability to cope with stress is drastically reduced.
14. Be Realistic With What You Can Complete In Time
Most people feel burdened or challenged when they cram too many tasks with too little time, often falling short of completing all the tasks on their to-do list. This often leads to stress and unhappiness because the expectations or targets were not met.
You need to be realistic about how much time you will need to complete each task.
Follow a schedule that is not tedious, with ample time to finish each task properly. In that way, you will feel less stressed out and feel more accomplished.
Remember, sometimes, the work at your job never really ends. It’s a revolving door. So take a step back, review your tasks and get the most important ones finished first.
15. Catch Some Me Time
Some people are in a habit of dragging their life along. They are so absorbed in their anxious thoughts that they never get up and find ways to relieve their stress or take a break from their monotonous life.
Living does not mean just being alive. Your life can be much more fun and worth living than you realize. Take some time out to heal your withered soul, tired body and exhausted mind.
This can be easily done by holidaying with your family or friends, going to a relaxation spa for an invigorating massage or by spending some quality time in a quiet place and getting in touch with nature. When you do something enjoyable rather than following your repetitious mundane routine, you automatically feel less frazzled. Happy moments give you time to relax and get away from all the stressing events in your life.
16. Follow Your Passion: There’s More To Life Than Working
If you find it too hectic and time-consuming to get out of your humble abode, why not get back to your much-loved activity? Yes, we are talking about your favorite hobby.
Nothing is such a good stress-reliever as getting engrossed in what you really love doing.
The more you follow your passion and your heart’s deepest yearning, the more you will be able to stay in the now. Try working on your passion and you will notice that you are enjoying every second of every minute of that precious time. Your heart rings with joy and you’ll feel marvelous.
So, pick up a paintbrush and give shape to your imagination. Write a story or piece of prose. String together some beads or knit a sweater. If you are a plant-lover, why not nurture your garden and take care of the saplings. You will surely love seeing them grow up healthy and beautiful.
Pursuing your passion will undoubtedly help you improve your life. It will fill you with enthusiasm, liveliness and energy. But, in the hustle and bustle of our lives, most of us have already forgotten about our desires.
So, it’s time you find your passion, or revisit a favorite hobby of yesteryear.
17. Stay Connected With Family
Your family is your basic source of strength. Despite your current relationship with your parents or your siblings, there is an invisible bond that will always connect you to them. This is where you will draw your courage to face the outside world and the unfamiliar. Your family is your fortress.
Even with the busy schedule or work life that you have and no matter what the distance, always find time to connect with your family. It’s not so hard with today’s technology. You will be amazed at how much strength you can draw from one tap on the back by a sibling or parents.
18. Bond With Friends
Friends are our key to having fun and also grounding us most times. Your friends can be your anchor, your confidante and your source of strength when things in life don’t go as you have planned.
Of course, true friends are there in good and bad times, too. It is only right that you share your good times with them as well. Hand out and bond with friends. Make time to catch up with them. True friends are treasures that you can have forever and will never leave you.
19. Experience Life to the Fullest
Did you ever hear that saying: “Life is what happens when you are too busy making a living”? It’s a true statement that most of us choose to ignore. Yes, our intentions are good – working hard to provide for the family and secure the future – but not too much that you forget to sit back and enjoy what life has given you.
Watch your kids grow. Be there for the monumental events in their lives and be there for your partner when they need your help, or just want your company. Time is a valuable treasure that you cannot take back. Spend it with the people and experiences that truly matter to you.
20. Practice Acceptance: Live Happily Ever After
Sometimes the only person who is holding us back is our own selves. Accept your flaws. No one is perfect.
Embrace yourself for who you are. Once you accept your good points, as well as your flaws (and blemishes), you can stop criticizing and judging yourself.
Your tendency to criticize yourself is there for a reason. They are markers directing to the portions of your life that need your responsiveness.
If you are a typical worry-wart, you need to start observing whenever you begin worrying about the future. Stay in the now, observe your thoughts, and breathe deeply.
These three things can change your life for the better. Too often, we believe chronic stress is a fact of life. Unfortunately, when left unchecked, stress can cause innumerable health problems, ranging from sleeplessness and cancer, to high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.
By using the simple methods of breathing, smiling and gratefulness, you can discharge the pressures and stress of the world and enjoy total bliss.
While most of the strategies listed above provide effective relief, there are also many lifestyle changes that can be more beneficial in the long run.
21. Stay Active
There’s this saying that goes: “Idle minds are breeding grounds for unwanted thoughts.” This is true. If you choose to lay around all day, certain unwanted thoughts may come to your mind that could ruin your happiness and positivity.
If you stay active – exercise, jog or find a new hobby – you are exposing yourself to new things. You are also enhancing your creativity, which can lead to pure happiness.
22. Get the Right Amount of Sleep
Sleeping is a vital part not only for your physical health, but also for your mental health and other aspects of your well-being. When you sleep, you allow your body and brain to rest from all activities, and freshen up to start anew. Lack of sleep can affect your mood and eventually, your attitude.
This can lead to mental and even social problems. Lack of sleep can have many negative effects to your overall well-being. Therefore, you should always get the right amount of sleep.
23. Take A Catnap
Napping is a serious business. It can work amazingly Add Media well to reinvigorate your spirits, enlighten your senses, and reduce the power of your stress-triggers. There are some upsetting moments when you just want to lie down for some time to gather your strength.
However, often when this happens you are so busy with your worrying stream of thoughts that you forget to doze.
Depriving your body of the necessary amount of sleep will finally catch up to you. So go ahead and let yourself become dead to the world, just for a little while. Your body and mind will surely love you for this mini yet powerful soul recharge. An exhausted body cannot handle stress as compared to when it is more invigorated and energetic.
24. Stroll Around Town
What, your body refuses to snooze? Then, how about walking around and enjoying the beauty of your surroundings in the open air. It’s great to feel the warmth of the sunlight on your face and listen to the chirping of birds and sounds of nature that surround you. When you move outside the lazy environment of your house, your senses feel revived and you can finally unwind. The fresh air relaxes your body and mind. It’s about being at peace with yourself, enjoying yourself, and enjoying the beauty that nature has to offer.
Okay, so maybe there’s not even a speck of nature around you, especially if you live in the city. When you step outside of your home, you’ll see some different faces, cute babies, new clothing styles and fashions. We are sure your mind will definitely have something else to focus on other than things that make you perturbed.
Taking a stroll is not only a great way to evaporate your stress, but it is also good for your health. Don’t believe us? Try it for yourself and you will be surprised at what you might discover.
25. Don’t Give Up On Nutrition
Each person is unique and so are their responses to stress. Some people overeat, while other people starve themselves when they are under stress. The most unhealthy thing to do is when you rob yourself of necessary nutrients. It is important that you get all of the vitamins and nutrients that your body needs throughout the day.
If you deprive your body of essential nutrients, it will quickly become worn-out and tired. Remember that you need to be strong to fight back against the stress. When your body is depleted of energy, you become more edgy, annoyed and aggressive.
Never underestimate the power of having a healthy diet. If you eat well, you will be able to decrease the effects of stress naturally. Bodies that are well-nourished have better fighting responses to stress.
Make sure that you breakfast like a king, as it is the most important meal of the day. Moreover, balance your energy levels throughout the day with the right nutrients and healthy meals. If you need guidance for the types of minerals, nutrients and vitamins your body needs, visit your health care physician.
Final Words on How To Feel Better… Be Strong!
Through all these and through all the challenges you go through in life, strive to be strong. Even if you have family and your friends around, everything will still start from within you. It will always be your choice, and whatever you choose will determine your happiness. So, choose to be strong, and to stand against all odds in life. Tell yourself that you are tough and stand up tall. Think positively and believe in yourself. However, if things become overwhelming, it’s time to ask for help from friends and family.
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