Ok, everyone take a sigh of relief because January is OVER. Is it just me or did January 2018 feel longer than the whole of 2017? It has certainly dragged for me. It feels like Christmas was years ago and I’m now starting to understand the term “January Blues.”
But hey! It’s February now. A new month and a new start. I’ve gathered that a lot of people who read my blog and a small bunch of my friends struggle with motivation and feeling positive. I suffer from anxiety and it can be very up and down. One day I’ll be in a great mood, the next day I’ll just want to be left alone.
When I was studying at university, it was horrendous in my first year but then it seemed to improve and now I’m actually in a pretty positive place when it comes to my mental health. I don’t have panic attacks half as much as I did before and now I can actually pin point the stigma of my anxiety whereas before, I would just be a bag of nerves at all times.
I thought I’d write a post about staying positive on “down days.” We ALL have ’em. Whether you feel down every day or once a month or every so often, I’m here to help! If you work full time or are studying at uni full time, it can be awkward when you’re having a down day. Because usually, you just want everyone to leave you alone in your little bubble of sadness. So here are a few of my top tips to stay positive when you’re having a “meh” day:
Drink lots of water
I cannot stress to you how important it is to stay hydrated. It’s so easy to drink water at work! Get yourself a bottle with measurements on the side and just keep it on your desk. Keep it somewhere you can see it so you know if you’ve had enough water when it gets to a certain time of day.
If you don’t drink enough water, it is likely you’ll get headaches and you’ll feel lethargic. If you’re already feeling down, being de-hydrated isn’t going to help!
Note: If you don’t like the taste of water, pop some fruit in your glass to infuse it!
It doesn’t matter if something isn’t funny or if you’re worried your colleagues will think you’re strange, laughing is the best medicine! Laughing makes you feel relaxed, helping you to stay positive. Try it now! 3… 2… 1… Laugh! See, it worked didn’t it? If you struggle to laugh on cue, watch funny videos or stand-up comedian sets where you’ll be forced to laugh and feel good.
Celebrate the good
Celebrate every small victory! Made a perfect cup of tea? Give yourself a pat on the back! Arrived at work 5 minutes early? Round of applause for you! Don’t dismiss little victories just because you feel like they don’t mean anything. Celebrating small achievements every day allows you to channel positivity, ultimately helping you to stay positive when you’re feeling down!
Also, if things aren’t going to plan during the day, try your very best not to dwell on it. See the silver lining and take every bad moment as an experience and an opportunity to grow.
No more negative talk
You need to stop that pesky negative talk! Even if you’re saying “I’m bored” – that is NOT going to help you stay positive. It’s Monday morning, you get to your desk, you usually slump yourself down and groan until you can be bothered to go and make a cup of tea… Stop. Change it up! Skip into the office, lightly plonk yourself onto your chair, maybe even do a little spin in it, smile at your colleagues and say “good morning!” Witness the difference it makes to your day if you have a positive morning without groaning and moaning about being tired or bored.
Make someone else smile
Smiling yourself is so important when you’re not having a good day. I know it’s easier said than done to smile when you couldn’t think of anything worse but trust me, flash a smile at someone when you walk past them and I guarantee, they’ll smile back! And there’s something about seeing someone smile at you that makes your heart feel all fuzzy.
Tell your colleague a joke, pull a prank on your family. Do something on the day to make somebody else laugh or smile. A smile goes a long way!
How do you stay positive when you’re feeling down?