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I’ll be honest with you guys- I was going to write a completely different post tonight.
That changed when I got some pretty shitty financial news. Not gonna lie, I get very emotional at the thought of any financial problems I go through. I sat here in bed and tried to find something on YouTube to cheer me up with no avail.
Then a thought popped into my head. How do I stay positive when something goes wrong in my life? I don’t think I’ve ever thought of it that way. Somehow I just “get over it”, or I sulk all day and usually in the morning I’ve mostly forgotten about what is bothering me.
I don’t want to do that anymore, and I don’t want things like money or work or any external factors to ruin my day. When things go wrong and if there is nothing I can do to fix them, then why do I choose to feel like shit all day?
Notice how I said, “choose”? I do believe that I control my emotions to a great extent and that I am in charge of changing my negative mindset into a positive one. Here is how I plan on saying “Fuck you” to the negative feelings in my life, at least the majority of the time. And I’m putting this out into the internet because I want to hold myself accountable.
I will do more of what makes me happy.
The first thing I did when I got my shit news is I went online to look for cheerful videos, and then sat down to write this. That means that I find comfort in videos and writing. If I need to watch an episode of Friends to have a laugh, or if I need to vent to strangers on my little place of the internet to get through something, so be it.
I will count my blessings.
When things get rough, I will remind myself that I have a loving family, great friends, a great (albeit most of the time crazy) job, I am healthy, my family is healthy, I have a roof over my head, and I have the freedom to do whatever I want in my life.
I will repeat these affirmations.
The best view comes after the hardest climb.
I am capable of anything.
It takes courage to deal with failures.
I was made for great things.
My strength is greater than my struggle.
Only I have the power to change my story.
What I become is mine to accomplish.
I get stronger every day.
I learn from my challenges.
Every day I make progress.
Meditation will become my friend.
I don’t practice as much meditation as I should. The reason why I will get into meditation is for my mental health, to keep negative thoughts at bay, and to reflect on how awesome my life really is despite what I may be feeling at the moment.
My perspective will change.
Whatever I’m going through, someone out there has it way worse than me. Thinking that the world owes me something more than it owes anybody else who is struggling is selfish of me. I’m alright, and I will continue to be alright. Other people might prefer to have my problems rather than theirs and I need to remember that.
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What is something you do when you want to stay positive? I would love to know.