Struggling to stay positive in the face of adversity? Wonder where all your youthful optimism went? Here's my top tips for How to be Optimistic at any time!
It's not always easy to be optimistic. While, many people manage to remain optimistic for most of the time, for a lot of people it can be almost impossible. Even though it's not always easy, with a few simple techniques you can rise above the drama and reframe your situation enabling you to beat the blues and and jump right back in to your happy place.
So how do I manage to Be Optimistic At Any Time?
Sounds simple but it's hard to be blue with a smile on your face. The moment you smile, your body releases endorphins that make you feel happy and reduce stress. Even if you fake the smile, your brain doesn't know the difference and still releases those endorphins! So if your optimism has gone on sabbatical, try on a smile and see how much better you feel. You can read more about this chemical response HERE.
There's a lot of talk about the benefits of gratitude. That's because an attitude of gratitude really does change your mood and your life. No matter how dark the day, if you take time to be still and look at all the great things you've seen or heard you can't help but be optimistic about your life. It can be something simple like the feel of rain on your face and a moment of stillness before you stepped in to your busy office. It can be something personal like receiving a special gift from a loved one. It can be hearing your child say their first word. It can be a run in the park with your dog or a cuddle with your cat. There are lots of things in every day to be thankful for. If you'd like to read one mother and business woman's most recent account of gratitude, check out Denise HERE.
Your mind and body need oxygen to perform at their optimum levels. The most efficient way to get that oxygen flowing is to exercise regularly. It doesn't have to be a marathon run or hard core training but it does need to be enough to make you at least a little out of breath. If you're stuck in a situation that is dragging your mood down. It's amazing what a brisk walk around the block can do to increase your oxygen and your optimism! One of the best bosses I ever had used to encourage his team to take 15 minutes for a walk around the block whenever they were struggling with a problem. I've never forgotten his advice, and I still live by it now. Exercise, like smiling, also releases those all important happy hormones too, so its a winner in every sense. HERE's a really interesting article about endorphins and why exercise makes you happy.
Remaining optimistic requires energy. A great way to give your mind and body the energy it needs is to eat a healthy balanced diet. Start each day with a great breakfast and some time to yourself so that you can ease yourself in to the day. I like to begin my day with hot water, cider vinegar and lemon juice with a pinch of cinnamon (credit to Carol Egan for this early morning kick start recipe). Then I eat something wholesome like porridge with fresh raw ginger grated in to it, or a juice/smoothie (kale, apple, cucumber, lime – again, Carol Egan has great juice recipes!). I also drink plenty of water throughout the day and I'm sure it's the reason why my skin doesn't suffer breakouts. I like to eat fresh, home cooked meals for dinner too, my favourite being salmon poached in lemon and herbs served with wild rice, finely chopped raw peppers (red, green, orange, yellow) and parsley. Sounds simple but the flavours are delicious and the crunch of the raw peppers adds just the right amount of bite and texture.
These are my four top tips for how to be optimistic at any time.
Do you follow these, or have you got your own sure fire way to kick negativity to the kerb? Please share your top tips or comments below!