Hi hi all! Hope your weekend was great! We had recruitment here on campus, so it feels like today is the first day I've slept soundly in a month.
Going back to school for a new semester can bring back a lot of feelings, like stress and confusion and sometimes loneliness. However, there are always people who are there to help you and be there for you. I like to pride myself on being a generally positive person and kinda keeping a smile on my face even if the day/week/month isn't going so well. If you feel really down and you need a way to perk up, here are my favorite ways to continually stay positive.
1. Say thanks
Being grateful is one of the best ways to bring happiness (back) into your life. You're counting your blessings, making someone else smile, and generally spreading joy. It's a simple and important way to bring a little light to the day.
2. Clear your space
I'm someone who definitely gets overwhelmed by clutter. If I walk into my room and my clothes are strewn everywhere, I'm much more likely to feel stressed than to feel calm. A good way to create a calm base to build up on is to start with a clean and clear space. It's nice to not have to feel like you're overwhelmed by material things just because your stuff is everywhere.
3. Read less news
This isn't to say "stick your head in the sand"- I mean more to NOT start your day off by reading the depressing headlines of the day. Follow a cute puppy account on Instagram and start your day off by looking at that instead. It'll be a lot nicer to have a puppy in your face instead of sad news.
4. Manage your digital clutter
This goes back to clearing your space. If your phone and laptop are overrun with notifications, a clogged desktop and unread emails and texts- it might feel like there is something hanging over your head. Take a little bit of time to just clean and clear it all up and your day will feel much calmer going into it.
5. Reconnect with family
I'm particularly close to my family so talking on the phone with them or Facetiming them is always something that puts a smile on my face. I think that reaching out for a phone call or video call with my immediate family is something that will always brighten my day, so I always suggest it to others. Most of my extended family lives within 2 hours of me right now, so although I admittedly do an awful job of reaching out, seeing them always makes me happy.
6. Make a friend
Nothing is better than finding a new friend. Someone who you're still learning about and want to spend time with- it's always so exciting and full of possibilities!
7. Sleep better
Sleep makes people happy. Enough said. If you are overtired and sleepy quite often, you probably need more sleep. This will help perk you up during the day and make you feel more calm and well-rested in general.
8. Forgive someone
Holding grudges often just harbors negative energy, so letting go of an old issue is just a way to lighten your load and allow yourself to grow taller and stronger emotionally and mentally. You won't be as bogged down and it's nice to not feel negative energy towards someone!
9. Practice mindfulness
This is something that is particularly important to me. Mindfulness and meditation are important ways to be able to re-center. Taking a moment to breathe and recenter can just help to calm yourself down during a crazy day and will help stress slide off your back. I find that it helps keep me calm, which helps make me happier!
10. Measure progress
I think that often, we don't give ourselves enough credit. The world would be so much better if we all could tell ourselves to accept ourselves as we are and that we are strong and beautiful individuals as we are. Setting goals is definitely important to help increase growth of yourself, but if you don't accept or acknowledge all that you have done already, what will happen when you reach that goal? Giving yourself credit for what you've been through and what you've done is a way to self-validate and say that you are worth being happy.
Hope I brightened y'alls day- what are your tricks for staying happy and bright?