8 Ways to Build Positivity:
When You’re Not Feeling Positive
pos·i·tiv·i·ty | \ ˌpä-zə-ˈti-və-tē \
1: the quality or state of being positive
2: something that is positive
- Make a daily gratitude list
Each day, either in the morning or before you go to sleep, reflect on at least one thing that you’re thankful for in your life.
- Post inspirational notes on your mirror
Or the fridge, just a little positive reminder to get your day going. I like to stick my intentions on sticky notes on my mirror and my computer.
- Perform acts of kindness
Doing something nice for someone, the smallest unexpected gestures will make others happy and adds positivity to your life as well. It can be as simple as finding something special to compliment when feeling rushed or dropping off a flower bouquet at a neighbor’s house.
- Reduce negative influences
The things we surround ourselves with and listen to have a big impact on our mindset, both negative and positive. Do your best to stay away from other negative people, negative news, and negative events. Instead spend time with those who build you up. As we couple or become like the people you spend the most time with.
- Be fully present
It is too easy to be constantly distracted. Looking at our phones and think about everything we have to do or should be doing. Being fully present takes practice, but it pays huge dividends.
- Spend time at the start of each day on self-care
With all the demands on our time, there are always other priorities and people vying for our attention. But in order to take care of them or those tasks, you first need to take care of yourself. Self-care involves not just our bodies, but also our minds and our moods. Learn more about how to reduce daily stress and anxiety here.
- Focus on solutions, not the problems
When something goes wrong, it’s the negative people who complain and don’t fix things. Positive people do the opposite. Work towards a healthy pregnancy and birth BEFORE birth. By reducing your risks before birth, then many of the risks can be managed or eliminated. And there’s nothing more positive than that.
This one may sound cheesy but believe me — smiling more often does all sorts of good things. You can start by smiling at your neighbors, your mailperson, your barista, and during your commute. Plus, smiling has been shown to improve mood.