REFLECT ON YOU:
Before you can even attempt to change your attitude, you need to be aware of what you want to change, and that requires some serious self-reflection.
See if you can pinpoint specific actions or even triggers that contribute to the attitude you’re trying to change. But while you self-reflect on what you need to change, ensure you’re noticing your positive traits too.
Positive reflection will help to remind you that you have so many great traits and you can achieve whatever it is that you want. If you want to be more optimistic, you have to reflect on yourself in an optimistic manner. If you can’t practice the trait with yourself, you won’t do it in any other situation.
We know you’re probably fed up of hearing the term ‘self-care’, but we (and the world!) wouldn’t be spewing it so often if it wasn’t actually really important.
Taking care of yourself can help to improve your outlook on life. Life is tough, burnout happens, but prioritizing time to take care of yourself and give your brain and body the best possible treatment is the easiest way to reduce your risk of feeling burnt out, agitated and even stressed.
Plus, much of the basis of self-care is learning to reflect on your life and who you want to be, and can benefit both your mental health and your ability to think positively, and overall help you be more optimistic.
We’ve spoken about the benefits of journaling a time or ten too many by now, but it’s seriously something that does wonders for your mental health. And part of that includes optimism.
If you find that it’s too difficult to be super optimistic, turn to your journal to get all of your frustration, angst and negativity out of you. If it’s all on paper and out of your head and heart, you’ll be able to focus more on being optimistic, positive and happy.
Alternatively, use your journal to remind you of your newfound trait. Write things you’re happy about, things you’re grateful for or even reminders for a bad day. You have the power. .
MAKE A LIST:
For those of us who thrive on organisation, you can add this to your love of list-making.
Especially when pessimistic thinking rears its head, having a list of all the things that have made you feel happy or given you a positive outlook is a great way to remind yourself of how you want to think. The list can be compiled over a day, a month or even a year – and it’ll serve as a reminder of all of the moments you were feeling really optimistic.
Challenge yourself to start a list once a week and reflect on positive things that happened – and as you start to feel it more regularly, you can write more. And soon you won’t need a list to remind you to be optimistic.
GO TO YOUR HAPPY PLACE:
The easiest way to escape when you’re feeling overwhelmed or trapped by negativity is to go to a place that will bring you happiness.
For some people, it’s a place they love, like an empty field or the beach or a favourite bookstore. For others, it’s a person, like spending time with your significant other, family or friends. For some, it’s an experience, like attending a calming yoga class or spending an hour at the gym.
Whatever it is, find a way to escape when you need it. Going to that place that makes you feel happiest will not only help to refresh your mind, but remind you of the journey you’re on. It’s not easy being optimistic. It’s a lot of work, but it’s worth it!