On Staying Positive

We've all been there. You're having an off day and/or week. Things just aren't how they should be. This used to be my daily life. Then one day it all just clicked.

I wanted to share some of my keys to my positive (yet realistic) outlook on life. Some are longterm ideals while others are quick mood fixes, because we all have bad days!

Ready? Okay, let's get to it!

Surround yourself with good people. This may seem obvious, but until you take a step back and look at your close circle, you may not see what's right in front of you. The people closest to you tend to have the greatest influences on your well-being, so locate the rays of light and keep them near.

Exercise and eat well. Ah, yes. The good old cliched 'exercise and healthy food will make you feel better' mumbo jumbo. But, really. It is TRUE! When you're feeling off, endorphins are key and without junk food weighing you down (yes, I love fries too, but moderation!) your body and mind alike will feel the difference. The strength you're building will make you feel beyond powerful. But babysteps...

Harness your power. Whether in your work or personal life (or maybe a bit of both!), it's key to our egos to feel powerful and successful, especially in times of stress or unease. Reading one of my new favorite sites, Wild Woman Speaks, helps me take a metaphorical chill pill, figure out the core of the issue, accept that there are some things I cannot change, and move forward. Harping on things doesn't benefit anyone. Discovering my power and true nature have been critical for me. You do you!

Create your own mantra. It doesn't have to be anything elaborate. Just something to say/think in times of anxiety to pick yourself up and know that you can do it. Because you can!

Drown in your favorite things. Watch your favorite film. Do that Veronica Mars rewatch you've been wanting to do for ages. Delve into your favorite literary worlds (although, maybe try to avoid the super angsty ones). Do what soothes your soul and revel in it.

Make your own get-psyched playlist. Barney Stinson may have been wrong about a lot of things (read: most), but his get-psyched mixes got the job done! What songs make you want to dance? Make you feel free and alive? Mash all of your favorites up and hit play! Here's a playlist of my current go-tos when I just want to dance and let it all out:

Positivity and optimism do not become who you are overnight, but weaving them into your everyday life will promote positive change towards who you truly want to be.

What are some ways you keep yourself positive, nourished, and fulfilled? Let me know in the comments!



  1. Congratulations on the new blog!!! I'm so excited to follow this adventure as you run between the lines!

    I have to say that SO many of these are my go-to ways to stay positive too! Surrounding myself with my favorite things is the reason I always have my Tumblr open in the background on my thunderbolt display - so I can see so many of my favorite things. And a killer playlist for my afterwork runs is the golden rule.