Waking up on the wrong side of the bed is just an inevitable part of living life. Sometimes events from the previous day carry through the night and you wake up with those thoughts fresh on your mind. Sometimes there's no apparent reason, but you just wake up mad, sad, or frustrated.
This week in particular has been rough for me- and it's only Wednesday! It can be quite the challenge to turn negativity into positivity, but with a little effort and knowing what works for you, it's possible. Despite this garbage week, I've been doing a few specific things to keep my spirits up and not fall completely down the rabbit hole of frustration and angst.
Find yourself a nice, positive quote. Whether it's from a book, a song, or just a random snippet of something you found on Pinterest, find a quote that you connect with and makes you feel good. Then write it down, if you're artistic (and even if your not!) decorate it, make it look pretty. Put it on your fridge, bathroom mirror, beside your bed- or even all three spots. Make a point to read it whenever your eyes come across it. It will help keep the idea of a positive attitude at the forefront of your mind.
Here are a few of my favorites.
"What you think, you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create." -buddha
"There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind." -c.s. lewis
"If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sun beams and you will always look lovely." -roald dahl
Look for the Good
Make an effort to find the positive in a negative situation. This one takes a little bit of brain power, but it's a habit worth learning. It's all about the lens through which you view things. It is very easy to get sucked into a negativity vortex, where it seems like there is nothing good in life and everything is bad. But in every situation, there is a silver lining. Sometimes it's really, really hard to find, but it is there. So look for the good in a sucky situation- even if it takes some deep contemplation!
Create a Relaxing Routine
I tend to do a quick routine before bed as that is when I am able to relax. At this point, it's late in the evening and I put my responsibilities to the side for the night. I try to let go of any overhanging stresses about cleaning, work, and blogging. Instead, I put on my comfy PJs, turn on a favorite TV show (usually a funny sitcom) and sit down with a blanket. After particularly busy days, it feels great to just chill out. It also helps me decompress from the day, which allows a better night sleep.
Stay Away from Negative People
I believe that this is the biggest game-changer, when it comes to being a positive person. This is more of a long-term task that will take some time to do, but it's worth it. It's not always realistic because there will always be negativity that you can't escape- like a co-worker or family member. However, even if you can't get away from it, work to identify who is a negative force in your life and who shines with positivity. This way, you know how to handle these negative people when you have to. Then make an effort to surround yourself with those happy, always-looking-on-the-brightside kinda friends. It will make a world of difference in how you perceive the world.
Hope these tips help anyone who's struggling to see the sunny side of things. Let me know what you do when you're having a rough time with life!