The first week of college is pretty awesome. All of your pre-college worries slowly drift away and the sense of freedom is pretty overwhelming. It starts with syllabus week, where being on campus, going to class, enjoying the company of your friends, and going out is everything you wanted and more, but then, syllabus week is over and you feel like everything is crashing down. There is just too much work to do and not enough time — too many responsibilities and not enough positivity. This is the time when you stop, relax and just breathe for a second.
Positivity is such a crucial aspect of life, and, most of the time, you just have to take a second to remind yourself there are people who have it worse and even on your worst days, you can’t let that bring you down. You need to remember to focus on the positives because your negative thinking will affect you and the people around you.
When you need a reminder of how to keep a positive perspective, no matter what is going on, here are a few tricks that work for me, and will for you, too.
It’s a proven fact that smiling makes others smile. Dale Carnegie once said, “The expression one wears on one’s face is far more important than the clothes one wears on one’s back.” Smiling can change the overall sense of emotion around you.
Exercising releases endorphins that boost your mood, reduce your anxiety and help manage stress. Not only are you going to be healthier and more fit, but you are going to feel better about yourself after.
When you’re stressed out, nothing is better than just taking some time to yourself and blasting music that you can relate to.
Surround yourself with positive people
Hanging out with people who love you and who want the best for you is going to boost your mood. Get away from that negative energy for a second and surround yourself with people who aren’t going to drag you down. Surrounding yourself with positive people means canceling out the negative people. Think about yourself first; you want to be around people that bring out the best in you, love you and support you.
Believe in yourself
During difficult times, it is important to stay confident in yourself and tell yourself that you can do and accomplish anything you set your mind to. When you believe in yourself, it is easier for you to stay encouraged.
Don’t stress about the small stuff. Overreacting leads to negative experiences. Instead, let go of the negative feelings you have toward someone or something. Letting go of the negativity forces less weight on your shoulders.
Positive thinking leads to a better and happier lifestyle. When you wake up in the morning, your mood determines your day. While you’re getting ready, play some of your favorite songs to put you in a positive place. Take time to make yourself a filling breakfast and put on an outfit that makes you feel confident. Instead of stressing over negativity in your life, use that energy to emphasize the positive aspects. You will be able to pick yourself up, look past your problems, and find the happiness in your life. Empower other people, respect their opinions, and make sure you are always radiating positivity to other people.