If you’re anything like me, Sunday nights can kind of suck. For some reason, this is the time when negative thoughts enter my head with a vengeance and staying positive can be really really hard.
But if you’re also like me, Sunday nights set the tone for the rest of my week. Shitty Sunday? Well then it’s bound to be a less than pleasant week. So I’ve started to track my habits (because I’m analytical by nature). What fosters the negative thoughts? What helps me be more positive?
And I’ve noticed some trends. So here’s my top 4 hacks for staying positive! Plus (because you all know I love some extra value) there’s some free inspirational images and quotes for ya in there!
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1. Find your happy place, and go there often.
For some people this is a physical space. Maybe you have a favorite park or coffee shop. Or maybe you love to cook and feel really comfortable in your own kitchen.
For me, it’s more of a mental space. I have a playlist that calms me down 100% of the time. I have an essential oil diffuser that I always fill with a certain oil and put on a certain light setting when I’m feeling or want to feel calmer. I do a specific meditation for peace.
The key here is that you go there often (and not just when you are a hot mess and need to simmer down). Go here when you’re happy and fill the space with gratitude. The more you go, the more it becomes a habit! It’ll become second nature for you to feel more relaxed when you enter your happy place. Then, when you go here and you’re anxious, it’ll be a reflex for you to relax!Hack your way to positivity: find your happy place and go there often! Click To Tweet
2. Find something to look forward to
Every Friday night, Will and I go out to eat. Without fail. And girl lemme tell you, I cling to this date night like Rose clung to that door at the end of Titanic. Find something good about the week that you are looking forward to. And if there isn’t anything, then make something. Maybe you’ll let yourself binge watch that new show. Or get your nails done. Or go to happy hour. Whatever it is, find it, hold onto it for dear life, and remember it. Let it be your “I just have to make it until _(insert time, or unfortunate nerve-racking event here)___ and then I’ll be able to do _(insert kick ass, exciting, treat yo self moment here)___.
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3. Remember your why
I probably sound like a broken record with this because this is one of my most used tips. But let me give you an example of this in action!
Work can be super hard for me. As a person who is really self conscious and deals with a lot of social anxiety, going to work everyday and having to put my career ideas and projects out there for critique can be really nerve-racking. But I remember my goals in life, my why. I want to be able to spend my life helping people. Sometimes I get that fulfillment from my job (I do work in a nonprofit, so it’s not hard to have those feel-good, heartfelt moments).
Other times (when work itself just isn’t doing it for me), I remind myself that focusing on my career and really kicking ass there means that I can get promoted or get a raise. Which means I can pay off debt faster and start saving more or invest more time in blogging, etc. etc. etc. It’s all connected, and slaying in one area of life will usually help you slay in other areas of life.
So figure out some way that this negative situation can benefit you in the long run. At the very least it’ll make you stronger and remind you that you actually can get through the hard times.Positivity hack: remember your why! Click To Tweet
4. Give yourself reminders
I’m a sucker for positivity, and I love to leave myself little positive messages. I used to have a little jar full of positive quotes and happy memories. I keep a piece of paper in my desk with a positive note to myself on it. Sometimes I’ll even write on my mirror with an expo marker a mantra that I need to hear that week!
And I want to share that little motivation with you all! That’s why I’ve created 8 images with inspirational quotes. Set them as your wallpaper. Print them out and leave them somewhere you will see them regularly. Use them to keep your spirits up, however works best for you!
Now because I’m more of a sassy self-care enthusiast, some of these aren’t your normal motivation quotes. I’ve got a little tough love, a little heartfelt, and – of course – some Beyonce.
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Until next time,
P.S. Did you know this post is part of my Anxiety Appreciation Week? Yup! A whole week of celebrating anxiety! Check out my other Anxiety Appreciation Posts:
- How I Tackle My Anxiety
- Anxiety is My Superpower (& How You Can Make It Yours Too) – coming later this week!