Positivity and productivity go hand in hand. Or rather in a circle. The more positive we are the more productive we become, and the more productive we are, the more positive we feel. But if we are having one of those days or a tough time, how do we break our way into that cycle?
Being told to be positive is much easier said than done. But sometimes, a few simple changes to our lives can help us to think, act and feel more positive. Our 5 positivity tips can help you to lift you feelings, productivity and overall well being.
1. Make a Check List
If you are one of those people who struggle to settle at night, thinking about the next day or mulling over what has happened that day, making a simple check list is a great idea.
Each evening ( or morning depending on your routine ) complete a check list of the things you need to do the following day. As you complete each task tick it off the list. This sounds so simple, but actually seeing the list becoming shorter creates a sense of accomplishment and a feeling of positivity.
Taking a look at your completed list each night before you complete the next day's can help you to settle and relax.
2. Set Achievable Goals
This links in perfectly with making a daily check list. Most of us love pushing ourselves to achieve as much as we can. But when writing a list of tasks to be completed every day, there is a danger of making it too difficult to complete and creating a sense of disappointment and failure at the end of the day. Set yourself small attainable goals. If you get through them with a good chunk of your day left, add another. Its is much more positive to finish early and set extra goals, than it is to not quite get to the end of the list.
3. Stop Negative Thoughts Before They develop
Negative thoughts are horrible. They often take control over you and its so hard to get rid of them. Being told to “stop thinking negatively” is really infuriating. If only it was that simple. Well...it can be.
Theres an old technique to stop negative thoughts before they take over and its so simple but works for many many people. As soon as you feel any form of negativity tell yourself to stop. Say it out loud. If you stick to this plan you will soon recognise the negative thought process and learn to stop it in its tracks. It will almost become automatic. Try it, it might surprise you.
4. Picture your Positivity
The problem with negative thoughts, as touched on in the previous point, is that they spread very fast. One bad thought can bring down your mood very quickly. But, positive thoughts can actually do exactly the same thing.
Spend some quiet time each day thinking about the positive things in your life, the things you want to achieve and picture yourself having already achieved these things. Just a quiet 2 minutes thinking about them and imagining how you will feel once you have accomplished these things will quickly fill you with positivity.
5. Happy People Help!
One of the hardest things when you are making an effort to be more positive and upbeat is the effect other people can have on you. Surrounding yourself with happy, positive people, rather than energy draining doom mongers can make such a difference. If you find yourself stuck in a situation with a positive energy drain, excuse yourself and walk away!
The power of music is incredible. Research has shown that music stimulates emotions through specific brain circuits. Quite simply if we listen to sad music, we feel sad. If we listen to happy music, we feel happy!
So create a positivity playlist, with some of your favourite uplifting songs. We'll start you off with.....
Imagine Dragons - On Top of the World
New Radicals - You Get What You Give
Flo Rida - Good Feeling
My Chemical Romance - Sing
The Script, ft Will.i.am - Hall of Fame
If you are struggling with negative feelings and your mental health, tell someone.
You can find information and sources of support at www.mind.org.uk