As someone who has dealt with Major Depressive Disorder and Seasonal Affective Disorder, I have learned how much your outlook on life informs your experience. There are many people in this world who are able to see the glass as half full, while others have a hard time seeing the bright side of life. If you are in the latter group, you may be wondering if there is anything you can do to help change your perspective on life. Here are a few things I have implemented into my life and you might try them to see if it helps you have a more positive attitude.
1) Set goals
You may be feeling down in the dumps because you feel stuck. You might have things you want to accomplish, but you are unsure of how to get there. It may seem impossible to achieve what you want to. In order to combat this feeling, try setting some goals. Set your ultimate goal, but then find steps along the way. Having bite-sized goals can help you see the progress, which will encourage you to keep going. Consider rewarding yourself when you meet each goal. You may find that you are able to achieve your ultimate goal faster than you realize.
2) Work on your thought process
Not only can negative thoughts be draining mentally, they can have an impact on your physical health. People who are pessimistic tend to get sick more, and it can even lead to things like a heart attack or stroke. Of course, people tend to feel more down in the dumps when they are sick, so it can turn into a vicious cycle. When you find yourself having a negative thought, see if you can turn it into a positive one. In a bad situation, see if you can find a bright side. It will take some time and training, but this can help you rewire your brain to help you to have a more positive outlook.
3) Manage your anxiety
Stress and anxiety can be crippling. While it’s normal to have some stress in life, if it is controlling your life, then it’s time to take some steps to try to overcome it. Some therapy may be beneficial for you. Consider online therapy if the thought of going to an office intimidates you. There are deep breathing exercises, as well as things like meditation that can help lower your heart rate and blood pressure and can help you calm down.. Some people find that CBD oil can help them feel more relaxed.
4) Stay active
Exercise is important for you physically, but it can be good for your mind as well. Exercise can help reduce depression and negative thoughts by releasing endorphins. Endorphins are chemicals that can help you feel happier. The fresh air can also be a good way to stimulate a good mood. Consider taking a stroll during your lunch break or early in the morning to help reset your mind and get a refreshing outlook.
5) Have a community
People who are in isolation are much more likely to feel depressed. If you don’t have many people in your life, see if you can make that change. If you aren’t close with your family, look for community events in your area that may help you meet new people. Consider introducing yourself to your neighbors to see if you can make a connection there. You may find that there is someone living close to you who you have a lot in common with. It can be helpful to discuss issues in life with other people, and it can help improve your outlook on life. Not only that, but they may be able to offer you input that you wouldn’t have thought of, which can be helpful.
Having a negative outlook on the world can lead to mental issues such as anxiety and depression, as well as physical problems. If you choose to implement these steps, they can help you start to think more positively about life, which will likely improve your health mentally, physically, and emotionally. It may take some time, but you may be surprised at how much it can help you.