Keeping a positive attitude can be difficult when there are so many stresses in life. It can be hard to stay motivated to improve work performance, meet all of your family obligations, maintain a social life, and stay happy and healthy on top of that! It can seem like a never ending race that doesn’t have a finishing line. Staying positive is probably the best tool you can use to get through all of your daily tasks. When you have a positive attitude you are able to stay more focused and creative on the task at hand. One of the best ways to boost your mood and stay positive is through exercise.
As hard as it can be to want to work out sometimes when you are feeling stressed it can be the best thing to elevate your mood. There is a lot of research showing that exercise is an antidepressant. The problem is that most of the time when you are feeling bad it can be really hard to motivate yourself to get up and workout. The best way to get yourself motivated is by lowering the initial barrier to exercise. If you always make it so that exercise is a big task where you go to the gym and do a big workout then it may feel like too much of a challenge to overcome.
Lower the initial barrier to exercise by setting an easy goal to attain. One of the best strategies for doing this is to just go for a walk. Walks can be a great way to improve your mood and give you a positive attitude. The combination of the fresh air and getting your blood flowing will be great for you mental state. The real trick is that going for a walk can actually lead to more exercise. Instead of going back inside after your walk you may go to the gym or do some other exercises at home. Just keep in mind that it isn’t really the goal to do more exercise after the walk. If your expectation is that you have to do more exercise afterwards then you are still creating that large initial barrier. A walk is still great exercise and it will give you a positive attitude!
Exercising will help you keep a positive attitude to get you through your daily tasks but I also think that approaching happiness in general can work the same way. I think that most people get frustrated and start to feel unhappy because they can’t control the circumstances in their lives and put a high benchmark on what happiness needs to be. I think we forget that maybe life is meant to be hard. Trying to extract a lot of meaning out of life may lead to disappointment. We struggle to find meaning like love, happiness, and a purpose. We think that being happy is how life is supposed to be and stigmatize feeling unhappy and struggle. This is probably going to be an unhealthy attitude in our modern world. This may sound like a defeatist mentality but I don’t think it has to be that way. Maybe realizing that feeling bad isn’t something to be scared of will give some kind of satisfaction that it isn’t abnormal, because it definitely is not.
I am sure there are plenty of other strategies to staying positive like looking at the bright side, and remembering all the great things in your life, but in my opinion there is nothing more annoying than hearing that stuff when you are feeling bad. I feel like most people would agree. That is why I say you should exercise instead because that will actually make you feel better. Nothing gives you a better sense of well-being than exercise. If you have to then lower that initial barrier and just go for a walk and remember that it’s okay to not always feel happy and change your outlook about how you should feel. Doing those two things will give you a positive attitude about your situation and help you focus on the next task.
Life can be difficult sometimes but that doesn’t mean you should feel like that makes you a bad person that doesn’t deserve happiness. Please, keep in mind this is all just my opinion but I really do think that lowering your expectation of how happy you should be does give you a more positive attitude is some way. People get upset because they think life isn’t fair for them but in reality life isn’t fair for anyone and that realization can be humbling. I really hope that this can help you or that you have your own strategies for keeping a positive attitude.
Aside from thinking about happiness differently I think the best way to give yourself a positive attitude is still through exercise. Trying to shift your attitude through thought can be difficult and you are probably lying to yourself more than anything, but working out and getting that feeling of well-being and accomplishment will genuinely make you feel better! If it is feeling too difficult to motivate yourself to workout then lower the initial barrier by telling yourself you will do something easy. Always find your own strategies that will give you the best workout and positive attitude because it will help other aspects of your life. Remember most of all to have fun!