College Life

Staying Positive

With all of our stresses in life, whether it be money, relationships, grades, etc, it can be so hard to stay positive. I am one to get so consumed in all of the negatives around me, that I forget how much good there is in my life. You might be thinking “no way, nothing good is happening right now”, but you’re wrong! There is always something good, and even if it’s the slightest thing, clinging to that one thing will make all the difference.

Music.

The main thing that keeps me positive is music. When you listen to sad, sappy music, you’re gonna be sad- it’s inevitable. Even if you aren’t going through a heartbreak, that song is going to make you feel like you just lost the love of your life that you don’t even have. Music can change your mood almost instantly. I’ve started really analyzing the music I listen to, and a lot of songs these days are singing about what they don’t have or what they miss. Rather than listening to those songs, try to find ones that have a positive message. Music is always there for us and is such a constant in life. It’ll always be there to put you in a better mood if you let it.

Count your blessings.

I know you always hear this as just a saying, but actually do it! I always forget about what’s good in life, so it’s important to list them out. You truly realize how blessed you are, and focusing on what you DO have, rather than what you don’t have, will have you thinking more positively. List out all of the good in life, and maybe some goals that you are looking forward to accomplishing.

Get enough sleep.

I cannot stress the important of sleep enough! I have such a better day when I get at least 8 hours of sleep. I can think clearly, and I notice that I am less affected by things. If I’m cranky and tired, the smallest things can set me off and turn my day from bad to worse, and it seems near impossible to get out of that mood! Sleep is key to being positive and resilient.

Pray.

Whether you’re super religious or not, just talk to God and let Him know your struggles. He loves you so much and wants you to be living your best life! He’ll help you out, I promise. He’ll bring all the positive and good in your life that you want!

Set goals, and look into the future.

You can either let life just happen to you and kick you in the butt, or you can grab life by the horns and say “this is what is going to happen, and here is how I’m going to do it”. You can sit in bed and sulk, or you can make the best of the situation, and use it as a starting ground for accomplishing your goals. Being productive in my days always makes me feel happier and more put-together.

Look at the people you surround yourself with.

Are they a bunch of Negative Nelly’s? Do they push you to be the best version of yourself, and make the best out of situations? Do not be afraid to take people out of your life if they are being detrimental to your overall happiness, and make you sad more times than not. This includes relationships! You are who you surround yourself with.

Stop and smell the roses.

Okay yes a cliché, but actually- just stop for a second, put your phone down, and look at the amazing world around us and all of the opportunities that are out there. Yes, we all have our problems and struggles in life, but life is short. Absorb the good times and memories, and cling to the good in life.

I hope you all enjoyed and stay positive! Comment below the things you do to keep happy!

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