I strive to be an optimistic person. I try to see the bright side of things, and I often try to avoid anything that causes me undue stress or anxiety. But these days, it’s getting harder for many of us to remain upbeat and see the positives in everyday life. Covid – isn’t it supposed to be over by now? It’s like a bad dream that just won’t end, and each time you think we’ve taken a turn, there’s something new. And the cold winter days aren’t helping either. I find a lot of joy and emotional rejuvenation by going for long walks or hikes while soaking in some sunshine and enjoying nature. But with the winter weather, those have become but a distant memory, with only my hope that I’ll get outside in the sun again sometime soon. I can’t even watch the news anymore. There’s just so much negativity, and it’s really been taking a toll on my mental health.
Looking for the Bright Side
So I’ve started looking for ways to bring joy back to my sunny disposition, to see the bright side, and be a positive influence on the world around me. To start, I’ve been eating healthier and working out on my stationary bike. To get more positive, I’ve started journaling and writing about things that have brought me happiness or events that I’m looking forward to doing. I’ve upped my mood by reading more books while snuggling under my favorite weighted blanket with a cup of tea. And I’ve even started volunteering more with various organizations around town because there’s nothing better for my mental health than knowing I’ve made a difference – no matter how small.
There are such simple things that we can all do each day that decrease our stress levels and reduce our anxiety. Here are a few that the members of the Prime Women team have taken on, and we’re all feeling more hopeful because of them. Here’s to being a happier, healthier version of you.
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