How to stay positive in 2020 | Hong Le

It’s not always easy to stay positive all the time, especially when it feels like everything is going wrong at the same time. I personally struggle sometimes to stay positive and feel the need to complain about the smallest things. As we are fast approaching a new year and a new decade, I decided that I needed to be more positive in life for the sake of my own mental health but also for others around me. Being a negative person really does ruin someone else’s vibe.

I’ve tried a few different things that have helped me to become a more positive person and I am planning to focus on these in the new year to change my mindset for the better. I’m hoping these things will help you too!

I do understand that many may be going through hard times and these steps alone will not help everyone, but I think it will be a great step to help you get back on your feet.

  1. Positive thought of the day
    By focusing on the positive events that have happened during your day will help get your mind of any negativity. I personally find keeping a journal to write down your daily positive thoughts very helpful. Once you start focusing on the small things you’ll find that not everything is going wrong in your life.
    You could write things like; “Today I am thankful for the meals my mum has cooked for me”, “Today I am grateful I have a job and a roof over my head”, “Today I gave some money to a homeless person and I feel good about it.”
  2. Pamper yourself
    Regardless of who you are or what job you have, everyone needs one of those days where they just focus solely on themselves to make themselves feel and look better. This could be something like a D.I.Y spa day at home, or spending some time alone doing something you enjoy (like singing your heart out in the shower!). Here are a few things I like to do:
    – Spa days at home – try out this facial steamer!
    – Set a £100 budget and go buy something you like!
    – Get your hair done! Nothing feels quite as good a fresh hair.
    – Take a nap – honestly sometimes it really does help.
  3. Exercise
    This is probably the last thing on your mind when you get home from a long day of work. Believe me, its always the last thing on my mind. But the days I do go gym I feel really good about it and it instantly makes my day feel a lot better. You’ll feel good because you know you are doing something good for your body. For those of you that are early risers, going to the gym or working out in the mornings really does give you that extra boost of energy for the day! So nothing better than starting a new workout schedule in the new year. It doesn’t have to be a lot, even if you work out for one hour a week, its better than none!
  4. Sleep!
    Have you ever had those nights where you just cannot sleep and you wake up moody and irritated? Well, long term sleep deprivation can end up making you a more negative person than you actually might be. 2020 is the year you find what sort of sleeping schedule works for you. You don’t want to oversleep and neither do you want to under-sleep. I find that on average slightly less sleep always feels better but everyone is different!
  5. Take Action!
    There is no point sitting there saying you’ll change when you don’t. Everything is easier said than done but in order for you to really change your mindset you need to have things you can implement every day and be consistent with it. (They do say it takes 21 days to form a habit!) My suggestion to you is to make a plan and take it one step at a time and slowly work your way towards a positive mindset.

These things are going to take time. Don’t expect to wake up a positive person but wake up thinking ‘Today I am going to work on this to make myself more positive.” You’ll thank yourself for this because it won’t be too overwhelming and you’ll find you’re actually getting results! So don’t be harsh on yourself, everyone is allowed to have a negative thought here and there. This post is simply aimed at making 55% of your thoughts more positive not 100% because no one is perfect and you shouldn’t force yourself to be.

On that note, Happy New Year! May 2020 be YOUR year.

Until next time!

H x