I have mentioned before that I suffer with my mental health, especially at this time of year as I have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which is affected by the shorter days and lack of natural sunlight. I find it incredibly hard in general to think positively, and I tend to have a negative mindset. I am trying to make a conscious effort to focus on the positives more, as it really helps me to feel less stressed and more uplifted. Here are some of the ways I am doing this.
Keeping a Positivity Journal
It can be hard, especially as somebody who is used to focusing on negativity, to pinpoint positives from each day. I have started to document them before I go to bed by writing down three things which made me smile that day, and it has really helped me. If I am feeling low, I also have something to look back on to remind myself of all the good things in my life.
Using the 1 Second Everyday App
I am a huge fan of the 1 Second Everyday app and I have used it since January 1st, which means I have lots of lovely clips to look back on from each month. On 1st of each month I create a clip, using the app, of the previous month, and share this with friends and family on my personal Facebook.
Answering with a Positive Rather than a Negative
I am so bad at launching into all the negatives before I mention anything good when somebody asks how my day has been or what has been going on with my life lately. I even started this paragraph negatively. It is so ingrained into the way I am that I find it hard to change, but I have been consciously attempting to start with a positive when people ask me a question, and it does work.