The following article, 'Tips On How To Feel Positive', was written by Amy Cradock.
Feeling a little bit glum? Stressed from work or your personal life? Not looking forward to anything in the near future? Here are a few ideas to help you through your week and to get some positivity back in to your life.
Ok, I can hear you all groaning at this one but don’t worry you don’t have to run a marathon or go weight training at your local gym. There are lots of fun ways to exercise that can really make a difference to you mentally as well as physically. Exercise releases endorphins in your body which make you feel good about yourself; this can be as simple as walking for half an hour or going for a swim. Exercise can boost your confidence whilst of course giving you lots of health benefits.
Other ideas for exercise are aerobics, joining a running group, Yoga, pilates, or zumba classes. You could even make it part of your daily routine by cycling or walking to work or school.
Join a choir.
Singing has been much talked about recently as a feel good activity, singing also releases endorphins in the body which makes you feel happy and relieves stress. I have been part of a community choir for the past 3 years and there’s nothing like the feeling you get when you walk out of rehearsals, you’re simply buzzing and can’t wait for the next installment! Singing as part of group provides an enormous sense of well being and community as well allowing you to put your heart and soul in to songs which can give you an individual connection with the lyrics and meaning. I can walk in to choir stressed and tired and half an hour later I’m singing my heart out with a big smile on my face. Don’t worry if you’re thinking that you can’t sing or can’t read music, there are a lot of choirs out there to suit all abilities, from professional ones to fun and relaxed ones who just meet to enjoy singing together as a group.
Meet up with Friends and Family.
Staying in contact with family and friends (as long as they aren’t the ones that are causing your stress) is really important, they can help you to forget about your problems and give you a break or they can be someone who will listen to your problems and give advice. Friends or family could give you a different perspective on a problem or they might have experienced something similar themselves. Sometimes just someone listening to your problems can be a massive help even if they are unable to help you solve them.
Keep a stress diary.
If you’re feeling particularly stressed about something and things are getting on top of you write a stress diary. Write down everything you’re thinking about at that moment, don’t worry about it making sense or trying to immediately answer or solve all the things you’re worrying about, just write down all your problems and how you feel about them at that moment in time. Once you’re done shut your diary and go and do something that is unrelated to what is making you stressed. Come back to your diary entry the next day and re read it, sometimes the act of writing down what is making you stressed can help you to identify the particular things or problems that are really affecting you; it helps you to identify the problems more clearly and calmly. If you can’t sleep due to stress some people find writing a list can also help, write down all the things you are worrying about and that are on your mind, this can help you to relax and let go of problems temporarily allowing you to sleep. You can then look at your list in the morning when you’re fresher and have more energy; sleep can help you to gain a fresh perspective on things that you might not have seen the day before.
Have goals in life.
This can be really helpful especially when you’re feeling down or a bit unsure of yourself. Write a list of goals you want to achieve in life, and remember to include smaller goals as well as the big ones. For example living and working in a foreign country could be one goal and then include all the things you need to achieve to get to this goal, like saving money, doing research on where to go and what job you could get, learning a language, finding friends who would like to go with you, booking tickets. All of these smaller goals are as important to list as the bigger goal as it can help you to stay motivated and focused so that you are more likely to achieve your bigger goal at the end of it. This also means that if for some reason you cannot achieve your bigger goal or you decide you don’t want to do it you can still get a sense of achievement out of completing the smaller goals and you might be able to use the skills and goals you have already achieved to do something else instead. It might lead you down a different path then what you intended but that’s not always a bad thing, life is full of surprises, see where yours takes you!
About the author : Amy Cradock. I am a tea and cake loving girl from Bournemouth who enjoys writing both fiction and nonfiction.
The above article was produced by Amy Cradock. It does not necessarily represent the views of LearnByCam.