No matter who we are or what we do, we all walk through difficult times in life like the loss of a loved one. That’s universal. What isn’t universal is how we respond to tough times.
Regardless of what is happening in your life, you need to keep your mental health as a top priority. Part of that involves looking on the bright side of life and maintaining a positive viewpoint in any circumstance.
Of course, that’s easier said than done. Perk up your positivity with these five tips anyone can use.
1. Keep a Daily Gratitude Journal
What better way to look on the bright side than by literally focusing on the bright spots in your life? That’s what practicing gratitude will do for you.
Set aside time every day to write down five things or people you’re thankful for in your life. Make sure they’re not the same things every day. Then take a few minutes to reflect on those things along and feel gratitude for the good you have in your life.
2. Give Yourself a Mantra
A mantra is a brief-phrase people repeat and reflect on while they meditate. Even if you don’t meditate, a mantra can help you retain a positive focus.
Come up with a mantra that makes you feel positive, like “every day could be the best day of my life,” or “I can choose happiness.”
You could also choose mantras for specific challenging times in life that help you stay positive. For instance, “this too shall pass” or “everything is as it should be” could keep a smile on your face.
3. Do a Friend Audit
If you want to feel positive, you surround yourself with positivity, and that includes the people in your life. Do all your friends and family make you feel positive?
Now is a good time to do an audit. Think about how you feel when you’re around certain people, and who have a positive or negative impact on your mood.
You don’t have to cut out those who have more negative outlooks. Just limit your time around them and know that they aren’t the people to call when you need a smile.
4. Exercise More Often
The “e” word may not sound enticing but it’s well-established science. Exercise releases natural chemicals like endorphins, adrenaline, dopamine, and more which make you feel happier.
For an even greater mood boost, find a type of exercise you enjoy. No one said you have to jog to get the perks of a workout. Blast some fun music and get dancing.
5. Have a Smile Playlist
Speaking of having a one-person dance party, music alone has a great impact on your mood. The right songs will release neurotransmitters and hormones that make you feel happier and more positive.
Create a go-to “smile playlist” full of songs that make you smile. Any time you want a mood boost or you want to make a great day even better, cue up that playlist and enjoy it.
Learning to Look on the Bright Side of Life
Some people are cheerier by nature, but that doesn’t mean your mood is set in stone. Looking on the bright side of life is something we can all learn to do more in our lives. The simple strategies and changes above could be all you need to become a new, more positive you.
In the meantime, if you’re dealing with a loss in your life, it also helps to hand over the details to someone you trust. Call our funeral professionals to take care of the details while you focus on feeling positive and peaceful.
Our family-owned funeral homes, Kuzo and Foulk, are here to help the Kennett Square, West Grove, and surrounding PA communities. Whether that’s with preplanning, a death in the family, cremation, a casket, the funeral service, or a funeral director, we’re here for you. Contact us for all of your funeral needs.