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How to Stay Positive in Dark Times

Well, 2020 started off great for me. I traveled through Europe with my husband, we got a puppy, and we are both healthy. I couldn’t be more grateful for life as it is, but I would be lying if I said everything was sunshine and rainbows.

The first half of 2020 has brought a worldwide pandemic, and we are currently amid unrest in the United States due to a lack of equality. The second point is something that needs to be dealt with and addressed. Although steps are being made to go in the right direction, the world is quite negative right now. I sometimes get overwhelmed and thought I would share a few ways I stay positive in dark times.

Take a step away.

Put down your phone and take away from social media. We all know social media has its pros and cons, but it can be overwhelming either way. Whether that is consuming misinformation or people’s unasked opinions, it’s draining and could affect your mental health more than you know. If you’re like me, you take on other people’s burdens and let them fester in your life. I mean the big stuff. Things that I cannot control, such as a sick family member or a broken relationship. I’ve been known to take on the bigger stressors that I literally have nothing to do with or can fix. Knowing this now, I try to take a step away and help as I can, but not let it affect me as much.

Check yourself.

Ask yourself, are you one of the people I just mentioned above breeding negativity? It happens, don’t beat yourself up! I try not to complain on social media too often unless I know I can get advice from my peers and followers. If you ask my husband, I am the biggest complainer in the world… Sadly, he is stuck with me, BUT I try to ask myself, by voicing this, what will it accomplish!?

Channel your energy.

Is there something you are particularly good at? What do you enjoy doing? What brings your true happiness? The answer doesn’t have to be complicated, it could be as simple as, I enjoy organizing my closet, or for me, I like walking through thrift stores. Maybe it has something to do with the energy of so many other people’s belongings, but I am ‘in my happy place’ when I am at a thrift store. Not sure what your ‘thing’ is. Please don’t fret, it takes time, and it changes! But bring that feeling and energy you get when you ‘do that thing’ and spread joy.

What do you do to unwind?


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