Tips for Staying Positive in Tough Times

  • Take time to relax, even if it’s just taking a deep breath and counting to ten.
  • Count your blessings. This is cliché, but it definitely works!
  • Instead of being hard on yourself or thinking, “Why me?” instead think, “What can I learn? Did anything positive come from this?”
  • Talk with a positive person.
  • Read a positive news story (and spend less time reading depressing news stories).
  • Stop reading negative Facebook comments and arguments (unfollow those people who always post negative statuses or that make you upset).
  • Keep perspective-think “What is the worst-case scenario? Will this even matter in a week or two? How about a month? A year?”
  • Focus on one problem at a time.
  • Get some exercise in-go for a jog on the treadmill, take a walk, run up and down the stairs, do some yoga, and so on.
  • Write down a step-by-step plan to deal with the situation.
  • List 10 things that you’re good at.
  • Serve someone else (help someone move, bring someone cookies or a note, listen to a friend who needs someone to rant to, etc.).
  • Get a better night’s sleep.
  • Talk about your troubles with a friend or family member.
  • (Fake it ’til you make it!)
  • Do something fun.

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