Developing and maintaining positive energy involves more than merely thinking happy thoughts. It is the anticipation of good (i.e. happiness, health, and success) and it is the belief that all things — situations, obstacles, and difficulties — will work out favorably in the end.
Staying positive does not mean ignoring negativity. It is the acknowledgment of the negative moment but then choosing to focus on the positive sides of it.
We all want to stay positive when facing challenges and negative situations but also know how hard it is to do.
So here are 5 things you can do to help revive your positive energy:
1. Enjoy Nature
Research shows that reveling in the great outdoors promotes human health. Spending time in serene natural environments has been scientifically proven to lower stress levels, improve working memory and provide a sense of rejuvenation. How about a walk to harvest some Dandelions to make a Dandelions Lemonade?
Going out into your backyard, balcony or sitting close to one of your house plants can also help.
2. Breathe Deeply
Breathing exercises help expel toxic air from your body and refills your body and more importantly–your brain with fresh air. It clears your mind and allows you to regain mental clarity. Check our Moments of Calm series of breathing techniques. They may help.
3. Have some "me time"
Rewarding yourself with “me time” and celebrating who you are as a person is vital to sustaining a positive outlook. It can be a warm bath, a piece of chocolate, listening to your favorite music and why not, a cup of warm and comforting tea.
4. Take advantage of found time.
Take this opportunity to focus on some things you have had no time for. Finishing that DIY project, starting your own herb garden, reading that book you bought a long time ago, learn a new skill, relax and chill on the sofa.
5. Keep in touch with friends and family.
You are healthier when you have good friends. Friends can help you celebrate good times and provide support during bad times. In addition to preventing isolation and loneliness, friends also give you the opportunity to provide companionship that is needed. A friend can also:
- Increase your sense of belonging and purpose
- Boost your happiness and reduce your stress
- Improve your self-confidence and self-worth
- Help you cope with traumas, such as divorce, serious illness, job loss or the death of a loved one
- Encourage you to change or avoid unhealthy lifestyle habits, such as excessive drinking or lack of exercise
Friends also play a significant role in promoting your overall health. Adults with strong social connections have a reduced risk of many significant health problems, including depression, high blood pressure and an unhealthy body mass index (BMI). In fact, studies have found that older adults who have meaningful relationships and social support are likely to live longer than their peers with fewer connections.
Be engaged in activities that are positive, heartwarming, stress-reducing and laughter-inducing!
Karin Müller is co-owner of Solaris tea and has been working in the field of wellness and health for over 20 years now.
She is a Medical Herbalist (BSc Hons), practising Midwife (BSc Hons), Massage and Spa therapist and experienced course facilitator and teacher on a wide range of topics related to mindfulness, meditation and women’s health.
She is currently also studying in the ‘Medicine of Light’ school to deepen her spiritual practise.
𝘈𝘭𝘭 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘧𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥 𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘚𝘰𝘭𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘴 𝘵𝘦𝘢 𝘸𝘦𝘣𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘰𝘤𝘪𝘢𝘭 𝘮𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘢, 𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘭𝘶𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨: 𝘵𝘦𝘹𝘵, 𝘪𝘮𝘢𝘨𝘦𝘴, 𝘢𝘶𝘥𝘪𝘰, 𝘰𝘳 𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘴 𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘪𝘯𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘱𝘶𝘳𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘦𝘴 𝘰𝘯𝘭𝘺. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘊𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘦 𝘢 𝘴𝘶𝘣𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘵𝘶𝘵𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘧𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘮𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭 𝘢𝘥𝘷𝘪𝘤𝘦, 𝘥𝘪𝘢𝘨𝘯𝘰𝘴𝘪𝘴, 𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵. 𝘈𝘭𝘸𝘢𝘺𝘴 𝘴𝘦𝘦𝘬 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘢𝘥𝘷𝘪𝘤𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘱𝘩𝘺𝘴𝘪𝘤𝘪𝘢𝘯 𝘰𝘳 𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘲𝘶𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘪𝘦𝘥 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘵𝘩 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘷𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘳 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘢𝘯𝘺 𝘲𝘶𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘮𝘢𝘺 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘳𝘦𝘨𝘢𝘳𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢 𝘮𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯.