Wednesday, 7 June 2017

How To Stop Negativity From Overruling Your Life


Negativity, as much as positivity and optimism, is both contagious and sporadic in everyone’s lives — nobody is immune to bad days or self-deprecating thoughts. That said, whilst negative thoughts are in some ways simply a part of life, that doesn’t mean that they can’t be dealt with, and even brightened up a little.

The first step to take, is a step back. Employ a little perspective into the situation — what do you have? What are you good at? What makes you lucky in life, and in yourself? These are all important questions to ask yourself when everything seems to be going against you; the best way to conquer pain is through perspective.

After this; do something you love. Why? Because it makes you happy. It’s truly that simple. This could be hanging with friends that will take your mind off the problem for a little while, council you out of your predicament, or remind you how kickass, fabulous you are. That said, sometimes, people are not what you need — solitude can be a friend. In times like those, I recommend turning off your phone (don’t you dare scroll through social media when you’re feeling like this…), playing some music, painting your nails, taking a walk (literally, anywhere, anytime), watching a movie, playing in a coloring book (not a joke) or just making lists (lists solve life problems: fact).

Eventually, your nails will be painted, your Netflix account drained, and your positive affirmation too repetitive. This is when you must do the inevitable: face your problems. This is the absolute worst, most annoying, most painful and undesirable step in coping with your inner negativity — however, it is also the most essential. It will probably involve lots of tears, torturous emotions and hugging of pillows, but i promise, it will get better.

Finally, when you’re coming to the end of your negative downpour (a few hours? a few weeks? doesn’t matter), you need to give yourself a break. Honestly; relax. Life is way too short and silly to spend all your time in a puddle of self-pity. Have a bubble bath, buy yourself a drink, get that new dress you’ve been eyeing, go for a run. Do something for yourself, that will benefit you and make you feel magical. After all: you are.

Love Always,

Annabel
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