Do you ever wonder why sometimes something stresses you out when it never did before.

There are some things you can regularly do to keep your mind prepared to deal with challenges with positivity. Your mind could be preoccupied with other things, or you’re going through an overall stressful time, and the little things start adding up.

Here are some of the ways you can deal with the ups and downs life may bring.

Replace negative beliefs with positive ones

When you find your thoughts veering into negative territory, try to replace them with positive ones. For example, instead of saying that you will fail at something, tell yourself that you’re getting a new opportunity.

Meditate, use deep breathing or visualization

Done regularly, some of the benefits of these activities include reducing stress, increasing your oxygen intake and relieving headaches. If you feel stressed or sense a headache is coming on, try to meditate, deep breathe or visualize for at least 10 minutes to reduce some of the effects.

Write

Start a blog, or create a private journal to describe your daily experiences and feelings. It can help you increase your self-knowledge and writing can be therapeutic and acts as an outlet to get some things out.

Have some fun

Regularly do something you enjoy such as going to the movies or talking to people who make you happy. Anything that you like doing can help make you feel better.

Laugh more

Studies have shown that laughter improves your emotional state as well as strengthens your immune system.

Remove or reduce negative influences

To help with positivity, decrease the negative people and things in your life. Someone that constantly puts you down or tries to stop you from meeting your goals probably doesn’t have your best interests in mind. If that person is in your family or someone at work, try to reduce the amount of time you spend with them and focus on the positive things people say instead.

Seek professional support if you find that you can’t get through something. I can’t stress this enough. You can’t sweep some things under the rug, and you magically can’t “get over it,” nor should you even try. Anyone that tells you otherwise may not have a full understanding of what might be happening.

Read some more tips about thinking more positively in my post “Rewrite your script to think more positively”.

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