Negate Your Negativity and Promote Your Positivity

It’s Time to Wake Up and See the Sunshine

By Shelly Verma

How many times in a day do you feel that you just cannot do the task at hand? How often do you say to yourself “I am not good enough” or “I will never be able to achieve that”?

“A lot of times people look at the negative side of what they feel they can’t do. I always look on the positive side of what I can do.” -Chuck Norris

Depressing thoughts, pessimism and general feelings of inferiority are in some way or another responsible for most of the negativity in our lives. Most of us spend half of our lives regretting over the past, wish things could be different, blame other people for unfortunate events in our lives or undervalue our true worth.

Yet, we seem to forget it’s all in our minds!

There may be several psychological reasons why people get caught up in this negativity. We may not really be aware why we feel such negativity about certain situations or people, but what is most important is how we react when those situations arise.

An occasional case of the blues is perfectly normal, but that doesn’t make dealing with it any easier. If you do not deal with it quickly, those negative thoughts could lead to a serious depression.

Here are some solutions to identify, do something about it and get back on your feet!

[pullquote]Yet, we seem to forget it’s all in our minds![/pullquote]1. Life is an emotional roller coaster – Some days you might feel like you are on a high and can achieve anything, while other days you feel so hopeless and blue. Understanding the pattern of positive and negative emotions will give you a perspective of your feelings. Next time you feel sad or low; remember that it’s a natural emotion that will pass. The knowledge that depression is just a negative emotion will make it seem less terrifying.

2. Be surrounded by positive people – Both positive and negative thoughts are catchy! If you are with negative people, you’ll definitely start to think the same way as them. To have a positive view on life, spend time with positive people. Try to understand how they see the world, how they react to situations they don’t like, etc. Their happiness might just rub on to you.

3. Remember the Good things you have achieved – When faced with a failure, you tend forget everything you have ever done right. Take some time to remember your past accomplishments and build up on those positive events.  How did you become successful before? What are your strengths? Those are key questions that will help boost your confidence.

4. Be thankful –  Whenever you start to feel that what you have isn’t enough, think of all the great things you have and compare it with the less fortunate people in society. You’ll be grateful for everything you have after all.

5. Change of environment – Change your everyday environment such as getting new sheets or curtains for your bedroom, change your perfume after a breakup, anything that makes you feel better. It does not have to be something radical, but little things that will induce a sense of well-being.

6. Talk with those who care about you – In times of depression, you might feel that you are alone. Never forget that your family and friends do care about you. Give them a chance to understand what you are going through and they will help you to cope with it.

7. Put yourself first – The best way to stop feeling depressed is to do something about it! What is troubling you the most? How can you deal with it?  Once you decide to stop whining and complaining about it and start working towards a solution you will not have time to feel depressed. You will have something to look forward to and will feel energized.

Overcoming depression and negativity may seem like a tremendous task. Although once you set your heart and mind to it, you will see how much you really deserve to be happy! A positive approach to past, present and future events will let you see the sunny side of life.

Shelly enjoys writing on various subjects including career moves, finance, insurance, and home improvement. You can find her writing on different sites.ARB Team

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