People often tell us to think positive during difficult times, but how exactly are we supposed to do that when we feel like the world is about to end?
Sometimes we go through situations that leave us feeling lost and helpless. Sometimes we just want to get away from it all and not come back. Sometimes we even believe that all hope is lost and nothing would bring us back to life again. What’s the point of even attempting to look on the bright side, right?
Wrong. Negative thinking is a killer and it can take over your life if you don’t do something about it. Don’t let pessimism stop you from living a meaningful and fulfilling life. Here are 14 ways to stop being a pessimist when the going gets tough.
You really do need to look on the bright side
Don’t let yourself drown in negativity. Look for the good. Every cloud has a silver lining. Learn to find opportunity in every difficulty.
Practice positive affirmation
You always have a choice. Tell yourself something positive each day. You can do this. Your time will come. You will get through it.
Identify and challenge your usual negative thoughts
If you often remind yourself that you are a failure, think about all the things that you’ve done right. Everyone makes mistakes and it’s never too late to work on being a better individual.
Get rid of all the external sources that lead to negativity
Stay away from things that feed your mind with negative thoughts. It could be certain songs, certain movies, or certain people. Whatever it is, you don’t need it.
Smile as often as you can
Smiling will have a positive impact on you. Fake it if you have to. Make a habit out of it. Eventually, the world around you will look brighter.
Be nice to others
Make someone’s day by being nice. Say ‘thank you’ to the shop assistant. Strike a conversation with the cashier. It doesn’t take a lot of effort and you will feel better too!
It’s not the end of the world
This too shall pass. Always remember that what you’re going through is temporary. Stop imagining the worst. Instead, focus on all the things that could go right.
Avoid the blaming game
Don’t blame yourself or others. It will not solve anything. Take responsibility for your own thoughts and move forward.
Be around positive people
Don’t look for people who have the tendency to entertain your negativity and agree with all your thoughts. Find those who can motivate and inspire you or be direct when you’re wrong.
Keep hope alive
Sometimes all you need to survive in this world is a little hope. Never let it go. No matter how bad a situation is, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.
Enjoy the little things in life
Do something to keep your mind off the negative thoughts. Catch up with an old friend over coffee. Appreciate the beauty of your surroundings. Spend time with your loved ones.
Disconnect from the world. Have a nice, long bubble bath. Splurge on a bottle of wine. Listen to your happy songs. Have your favorite dessert.
Work on the things you can control
Instead of focusing on your negative thoughts, think about what you can do to make things better. Maybe all you need is just a little patience, faith, and time.
Don’t dwell on the past
Let bygones be bygones. You can’t change the past. All you can do is work on the present and be grateful for what you have. Live in the moment and let it go.
Danila was a magazine writer focused on lifestyle topics and a communications specialist in the telecommunications industry where her work was published or broadcast via several offline and online media channels before shifting to freelance writing. Besides writing, she enjoys travel, taking photos, and reading.