A more positive outlook

Being a positive thinker 

Even though it’s normal to feel negative emotions and thoughts from time to time, we can’t ignore the benefits of positive thinking. Optimism is a beautiful thing. It keeps us hopeful and makes us healthier and happier. 

As I myself often suffer from gloomy thoughts. That feels overwhelming and crushing. I gathered some helpful tips on how to boost outlook and mental health.

Related:  Random acts of kindness 

 

6 ways to boost positivity 

#1 Practice kindness 
Research shows, that carrying out random acts of kindness towards others positively affects our own mental health. It can reduce stress, improves our emotional wellbeing, and brings a sense of belonging. So next time to feel down, maybe boost your positivity by doing something selfless for somebody else. Find actions to take considerate acts in my post Random acts of selfness

#2 Rid your life of negative people 
Surrounding ourselves with people who make us feel our best is key in life. Having supportive and motivating people around us can help to become a better person. And influence us to be the best version of ourselves.  

#3 Spend time in nature
Experts say: Spending time outdoors in nature each day increases happiness and well-being. It doesn’t matter if you go for a walk, ride your bike, or just sit on a bench in the park. Being outdoors reduces cortisol (the stress hormone) and restores a positive mood after a stressful task. 

#4 Smile 
When we smile we produce endorphins. So we can trick our body into thinking we’re in a good mood. 

#5 Uplifting music 
Whenever I’m in a negative mindset I reflect on what type of music I’ve listened to lately.
When we feel depressed, we may need to be careful about the music we listen to. As sad music often makes us feel more down and we can get stuck in a pattern of negative thinking. Happy music has more positive effects on mood than sad music in a single listening session. (Research

#6 Be mindful 
Being aware of and acknowledging how we feel is a huge part of a positive outlook on life. And helps reduce anxiety and depression. It teaches us how to respond to stress and grounds us in the present moment. 

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DISCLAIMER:  The information provided on this blog is written from personal and lived experience.  You should not rely on this information as a substitute for, nor does it replace professional mental health services, medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have any concerns or questions about your health or mental health, you should always consult with a health-care professional.

2 Comments

  1. Faye
    20. December 2020 / 17:14

    Absolutely LOVE this post Ilka. It’s so easy to let the basics of looking after ourselves slip when we’re experiencing bad mental health days, this post is a great reminder to look after each other. I always love to get outside when I’m not feeling my best, it’s super helpful ✨

    • Ilka
      Author
      20. December 2020 / 17:34

      Thank you, sweet! ✨ It’s the same with me. I love going outside when I feel down. Something about nature makes me feel so calm and gives me a new (positive) perspective on my life. Sending a huge cyber hug your way! xxx

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