Six ways to stay positive!

Whether you’ve been laid off from your job or perhaps are just having a tough week at work or even looking for a job, here are 6 ways to help you stay positive and get back on your feet!

Take a step back
Sometimes it’s important to briefly back away from the things that are stressing you so that you can refocus and get a clearer picture of what's going on and what to do next. Take this time to breathe and re-boot. What are your goals moving forward and what would make you the happiest at this time?

Don’t go it alone
Whether if it's asking for advice, having someone to vent to (professionally or a family/friend), or just being around someone who's upbeat, having a strong and positive support system is one of the best ways to get your positivity back on track. Surrounding yourself with those that are motivated and positive themselves will surely rub off on you.

Share your goals
Writing your goals down and sharing them with others is a great way to keep you on track and make the goals real. A study conducted at Dominican University found that over 70 percent of participants who sent weekly goal updates to a friend were more likely to report successful goal achievements.

Take some you time
I think as a society we do not do this enough. We are always, go, go, go...rush, rush, rush so it's important to make sure to do one nice thing for yourself a day. Whether this is treating yourself to a coffee or even watching a movie that you love that you know will put you in a great mood. Life is short, so be sure to enjoy it even when times are tough.

Speak positively
The way you speak to yourself and to others has a HUGE impact on how you feel. If you keep reminding yourself how terrible everything thing is you will be unlikely to push yourself in a positive direction. Remember, you want to inspire yourself! Do this by writing yourself positive notes and placing them somewhere that you're going to see them, such as on your bathroom mirror, refrigerator, computer monitor, car, etc. Push away those negative thoughts and fill your brain with good ones instead!

Take action
Lastly, once you have created that list of goals, work towards achieving them! Figure out the ways in which you will accomplish this and create a to-do list. For example, if one of your larger goals is to go back to school, you might add “apply to this college or program” to your to-do list. This may not seem like much, but your mood will likely start to improve once you begin crossing off items off your list and over time you will create more challenging goals and push yourself out of your comfort zone.

What are some ways that YOU stay positive when times are tough?

Comment with yours!

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