Now more than ever, it can be very difficult to stay positive with so much negativity going on around us. As hard as it is, we also understand that in such a time as this, staying positive really does make a difference. It takes time and effort but the rewards of positivity make the work worth it. Here are four ways you can keep a positive mindset!

Get out in nature.

Conquer those negative feelings by changing your scenery and getting out in nature. Take a stroll down your block or check out a park near your place. The positive effects of nature on your mental health are vast. By spending some time in nature, you’re not only improving your physical well being, but you’re more likely to have a better mood, lower your stress, and increase your overall happiness. Make spending some time outdoors a habit! This will help improve your mood and general mentality! When you feel good on the inside, great things happen outside. 

Focus on things that are within your control.

 It’s so easy to get caught up in everything that’s happening in the world. But that can cause high anxiety, especially when there are so many emotionally draining matters we don’t have control over. Recentering your attention within the things you can change can lower your anxieties. This allows you to still care about what’s happening around you while knowing that it’s ok to not have control over everything.

Practice self care.

It is so important to take care of yourself but most times, we’re so busy with life that we put ourselves last. Be intentional about taking time out of your week to dedicate to yourself. The great thing about self-care is it’s customizable since everyone has a different definition of it. Define what that means to you and take the time to do it. It could be a face mask, a bath, cooking a nice dinner for yourself, or simply sitting alone in silence. Whichever way you self care, just do it! It will help you stay positive.

Get organized by making a list.

When you’re disorganized, you’re more likely to feel negative. You can overcome this by writing these things down. Think about all the things you have to do. Put them in a list starting with what you feel you can accomplish easily. Once that list is set, those are your goals for the day or week or month. Once you start doing and crossing items off your list, you’re on your way! This is bound to improve your mood because you’re seeing your big daunting mountain crumbling into little harmless pebbles, and who wouldn’t love that! When you stay organized, you stay positive.

“It’s most important that you surround yourself with positivity always, and have it in your mind at all times.” -Tyler Perry