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6 Ways to Stay Positive in a Negative World

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Author: Shernide Delva

With the countless tragedies and worldwide violence that have been in the news lately, it is easy for many to feel overwhelmed by the negativity in the world. You may find it difficult to be positive in the midst of it all. The good news is you do not have to let it affect you. You can refocus your thinking to be more positive and generate energy to be a part of the solution. Despite all the tragedies going on in the world, there are still so much to enjoy about being alive. In your recovery, it is important to remember to stay active and seek support if you find yourself struggling.

Personally, I know directing too much of my attention to the news can be very unhealthy for my well-being. Instead, being proactive has been a much more positive way of handling things. Find out how you can help, donate and support a cause you are passionate about. Being proactive can be a much better solution than dwelling on the sadness of the world. Although grieving is natural, focusing too much on the news can leave you with a tremendous amount of weight on your shoulders.

“An entire sea of water can’t sink a ship unless it gets inside the ship. Similarly, the negativity of the world can’t put you down unless you allow it to get inside you.” – Goi Nasu

While there is a lot of negativity in the world, you don’t have to let it affect you. Instead, you can turn your attention to a more uplifting reality and try to make an impact. Send out the energy you wish to receive, and negativity will not be able to attach itself to your spirit.

6 WAYS TO STAY POSITIVE IN A NEGATIVE WORLD:

  1. SPEND TIME WITH LOVING PEOPLE WHO BRING OUT THE BEST IN YOU.
    With all that is in the media, it can be easy to forget the good people you have in your life. Remember the people in your life who support you and bring your best self to light. If you do not have a supportive network of individuals in your life, it may be time to reevaluate your friendships. Find people that will remind you of the good left in the world.
  2. COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS AND CELEBRATE THE GOOD.
    News and social media make it easy to forget about the good that is going on in your life. You may feel there is not much to smile about. Still, despite the circumstances outside of our control, there is plenty to be grateful for. Smile because you have the ability to contribute to society and celebrate the good in your life. Wake up every morning and make a list of what you are grateful for.
  3. LIMIT NEGATIVE MEDIA AND ENTERTAINMENT.
    “The news is where they begin with ‘Good Evening,’ and then tell you why it isn’t.” – Robert Orben
    Often, the news and social media bombard us with bad news.  The media can portray the world in a very shallow, depressing way. Latching on to this perception can be easy. Remember, the news is only showing you the major events occurring in the world, and often this is not good. Try going on websites that focus on sharing positive news stories, or watch motivational videos on YouTube. Limit your exposure to news and social media and increase your exposure to more positive uplifting messages.
  4. PRACTICE “FLIPPING YOUR FOCUS”.
    Instead of focusing on the dark parts of the world, focus on the things that make your feel light instead. Focus on your favorite activities and positive aspects of life. Take time to look at the bigger picture and your long-term goals. Often, the world is only as dark as we make it out to be and it takes a moment of clarity to shift your focus.
  5. LAUGH MORE OFTEN!
    A shocking study revealed children laugh as much as 200 times a day while the average adult laughs four times a day. When is the last time you had a good laugh? If you have not laughed in a while, watch a funny clip on YouTube or do something silly with friends. Despite the darkness of the world, the world presents plenty of opportunities to laugh. Laughter really can be the best medicine.
  6. DISCONNECT FROM THE WORLD AND ENJOY SOME QUIET TIME ALONE.
    It can be very healthy to spend time alone in a peaceful place. Turn off your phone for a while, meditate and embrace some personal solitude. Try not to over think on the negative and instead, take life day by day. Take time alone to center yourself. Avoid over-thinking and get away from life’s responsibilities, even if it is just for a while.

In recovery, it is important to remember to focus on your personal journey. Do not let outside negativity take you away from living life to the fullest. If you are struggling to overcome the negativity in your head, we are here to help.  If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135.

 

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