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Thursday, 1st March

How full is your glass?

Are you the kind of person that wakes up on a dreary morning, springs out of bed and skips to work feeling excited for the day ahead? Or, are you that person who drags themselves to work feeling that the world is not on your side? If you can relate to the latter, we’re here to help.

Being an optimistic person doesn’t come naturally to everybody, but there are things you can put in place to make it a little easier. Take a look at our tips below to help change your mind set.

Do something you enjoy each day

Before you can even think about changing your mindset, you need to actively take steps to being happier.

We understand life isn’t perfect, but there are little things you can do to brighten your day. Whether it’s seeing your best friend at work, getting in a quick workout or enjoying 30 minutes of your favourite book, make sure you do at least one thing a day that you can look forward to.

Push yourself

Staying in a comfortable position can be all too easy to do. Stress-free, predictable and...boring. Whilst the thought of stepping out of your comfort zone might feel a little daunting, a crucial part of positive mental health is keeping your mind stretched.

If you’re bored at work or home, or simply feel like you’re caught in a mundane routine, it’s time to snap out of it. Challenge yourself. Why not try putting yourself forward for more responsibility at work, or learning a language in your spare time? You might have to work hard for it, but the buzz you’ll get from a new challenge will have a huge impact on your mood.

Put things into perspective

Feeling miffed with your boss for loading you with more work? Annoyed with your friend for bailing on your night out? Or just generally fed up with how life is going?

It’s only human to feel annoyed at times, but when it comes to these small and trivial things, don’t hold on to it. Whatever is happening in your life right now, think about the bigger picture. In the grand scheme of things, is it really worth getting upset about?

Ban negative words

If you’re the kind of person that voices negativity, put a ban on it. Every time you say something negative, add 50p to a jar. Tell your friends and family so they can keep an eye on it too. If you really want to voice your opinion, think about how you can put a positive spin on it.

Forcing yourself to keep the pessimistic comments at bay will, in time, reduce the pessimistic thoughts too. Don’t worry if there are a few 50p’s in there – nobody’s perfect - but once it fills up, why not buy your friends a drink or donate it to charity? Doing something for others can really boost your mood too.

Fuel your body the right way

As the saying goes, you are what you eat. Make sure you’re fuelling your body with the right stuff. Avoid processed foods and keep it as natural as you can. Processed foods are often packed with sugar. Sugar causes your blood pressure to rise quickly, leaving you feeling great in the short term, but shortly after your body will crash making you feel tired, lethargic and lazy. Treats are great in moderation – chocolate has even been proven to make people happier – just make sure they remain as treats, not daily routine.

Surround yourself with positive people

Life is too short to be around people who have a negative impact on you. Think about your network – are there people who you come away from feeling low? If so, it’s time to step away from them. You don’t need to cut them out completely, but take some space whilst you focus on yourself. You never know, once you’ve switched your mindset, you might be able to switch theirs too.

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