Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend:) I had a lego building, transformer playing, Shrek watching weekend with my little nephews and Sunday was a day of getting organised and chilling out. So as I sit here writing this post, I think how we normally go into panic mode on Sunday’s as the weekend is nearly over and Monday looms before us. With that, I thought that sharing 5 ways to be more optimistic would be a great way to start the week. These are tips that I remind myself of all the time and I share these not as an expert in mental health and wellbeing, but I am just simply sharing what works for me:)
1. Take the Good With The Bad
Let’s face it we all have bad days, it’s how we react and deal with them is what determines how the rest of that day goes. Do we dwell on what happened or do we say what’s done is done and move on. If you want it to not ruin your day then choose the latter of course! I am living by my mantra of ‘don’t sweat the small stuff’, so unless it’s something life changing then I just let it go.
I say this after leaving work on Friday evening with a happy head on me and then immediately locking my keys in my car….What a disaster. It didn’t help that that particular day 20cm of snow fell and the roads were a mess so getting spare keys took a little longer than it would normally have. Anyway, it was all fine and I have a feeling that himself may never let me live this down!
2. The Grass is Not Always Greener
The green eyed monster always makes us think that others have it so much better. Especially in today’s world of ‘perfect’ Instagram posts and Facebook status updates, when in reality, we truly have no idea what goes on in another person’s life. I think we need to stop and pay more attention to our own grass and not be so focused on everyone else’s. And why do we have to be jealous of that person anyway? Why can’t we simply be happy for them?
3. Choose Happy
This leads right into my third way to be optimistic. It’s simple – Choose Happy**. No big science behind it, it’s simply saying to yourself when you wake up, today I choose to be happy. When shit hits the fan, choose happy.
4. Take A Moment To Reflect
Some days are harder to be optimistic than others, sometimes we feel like we just hit a wall. This is a perfect time to take a moment and reflect on the things that made us feel good. Maybe it’s the day you got married or engaged, or bringing your first born home from the hospital. Maybe it’s a really good book you read that made you feel great! Getting the keys to your house, leaving work on the last day of your job that you hated, your first day of new dream job, getting those shoes that you have been eyeing up for the last four months, whatever it may be that makes you smile is a good thought to reflect on.
5. Be Grateful
I have mentioned before that I have a quote at the bottom of our stairs that says ‘start each day with a grateful heart’. A very simple statement, think about what it means to you, what are you grateful for?
Thank you so much for reading this post and I hope you all have a fantastic week:)
**Sometimes we can just not ‘Choose Happy’. I am not a mental health professional and encourage those who feel they need to speak to someone, to contact a professional or speak to a friend or family member.
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