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I have always been a glass full kind of girl. I find that having a positive mental outlook helps me so much with dealing with difficult situations. I am a worrier though and like to stress out about the smallest of things- luckily Chris doesn't worry about anything and has a very straightforward outlook on a situation which helps me. He said today that if someone asked us to drive from A to b in a straight line he would go straight there and I would go all around the houses. A very accurate description of us!
Anyway, here are five things that I do to keep myself feeling positive:
1) Always look at the bigger picture. This is a big one for me - sometimes I will worry about the smallest thing and I have to remind myself that it really isn't a big deal. It's good to take a step back and ask whether I will be thinking about this a year from now, and also to think about how in the grand scheme of things my life is so teeny tiny in comparison to this huge, amazing world that we live in. It sounds strange but I like to look at these images from the Hubble Telescope as they are amazing, and just show how small we all are. If something small goes wrong at work does it really really matter?
2) Appreciate the little things. Life has lots of big moments, but so many more smaller moments which make it happy and wonderful. It's important not to focus to much on the next big life thing and to really appreciate a weekend away with friends, a hot bath after a long day or those times when you laugh so much you cry.
3) Appreciate your life in general. I remember listening to a TED talk which looked at happiness and said that if you appreciate your life, rather than look at the negatives you will feel so much more content. It sounds simple and it really works. Every day I feel thankful for my life and feel so fortunate to be happy, healthy and to have loving family and friends. I really try not to take my life for granted.
4) Learn what makes you happy, and do it again and again. I've realised over the past couple of years that hanging out with my family and spending time with my lovely friends makes me so happy - and so I make sure I do this as much as possible. I think that's why we've been to Florida so much- it's guaranteed happiness so why wouldn't you do it as much as you can?! The beauty of being in my late twenties is that I've realised what is really important!
5) Take care of yourself. It's so important to look after yourself and to take time to make sure you're doing ok. I like seeing friends and having evenings out but I also need a few nights a week where I just stay in and 'recharge'. It's ok to say no to stuff.