Happy New Year! It is 2024 and we want to start it with a new outlook on life. It can be easy to fall into the trap of viewing life through a lens of doom and gloom. Our minds tend to focus on the negative aspects of life, but we are going to try to help you find the positive in the world.

Why Thinking Positive Can Help

Negativity is something we all focus on. Think about when you watch the news or read about current events. As a rule most of it is negative. People seems to have an innate need to share the bad. If you eat somewhere and get fantastic service, you might mention it to a friend or loved one. However, go for a meal and get bad service, we seem to tell the world.

So, it is understandable that finding a positive outlook can be a challenge, especially if things are difficult for you right now. Being more positive can have a wonderful affect on your mental health, reducing stress, easing anxiety and worry, improving sleep and concentration, the list goes on. If you can find a way to be a little more optimistic then you could boost your mood and feel a little brighter.

Of course this wont solve your problems, just help to cope a little better with them.

Music

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Music can be so empowering. It has the ability to shift our mood in an instant, remind us of different times and comfort us. Listening to music that is uplifting, fills you with warmth from the bones out, can make a huge difference to your day.

What is that one song that never fails to get you smiling? It fills your mind with light and happiness, make your body move and just has that feel good feeling? That song is the one you need. Play it and embrace how it affects you.

We have a playlist of songs that do this and anytime we feel down, are upset or need a pick me up, on it goes. We have been known to dance like fools and sing at the top of our voices too!

Gratitude

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Being thankful for all the good in your life is a wonderful way to capture that positivity. Take stock of your life, the people you love, the achievements you’ve made no matter how small. Celebrate the life you have and be grateful for it.

It can help to have a gratitude journal where you write down things daily that you are thankful for. This can be an incredible powerful way to lift you on down days. Reading back on the days and weeks before of all the things you found joy in will remind you of those feelings.

Focus

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This is a tough one. Keeping your focus on the positive in life can be a challenge. When life is difficult that is what we focus on. However, shifting that perspective doesn’t mean you can deal with the situation, it simply means you take an alternative approach mentally.

What is good right now? What makes you smile? What in your life is incredible? Keep your focus on those things, remind yourself that any journey has hurdles and rough terrain, but ultimately there is good in your life.

Laughter

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Laughter really is the best medicine. You need to allow yourself to be happy and laugh. So often we stop ourselves from having those feelings. We feel it is inappropriate, X has happened so we should be miserable. The worst could have happened, but there is nothing wrong in allowing yourself a few moments of fun. It is okay to move forward in life despite the challenges we face.

Laughter is fantastic for our mental health and contagious. Those chemicals that give up happy feelings are released in abundance when we laugh. So find the funny and just go with it.

Kindness

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Being kind to others is great for our mental health anyway. Whether you help someone across the road, compliment a friend or surprise someone with flowers, kindness impacts us on many levels. It may be you are shown kindness, but being the one who performs a selfless act is good for the soul.

These are just a few ideas on how to get yourself feeling more positive this New Year. You will be able to find a whole host of ideas and self-care tips on The Wonderment throughout the year. Don’t forget to join the conversation over on social media too. You can find us on TikTok, Instagram, Threads, Facebook and Twitter.

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Erika is bright, bubbly and friendly. Studying to be a counsellor, she is committed to helping others in the pursuit of better mental health. Having suffered from mental health issues herself including severe anxiety and PTSD, she wants to show others that the light at the end of the tunnel is not just a cliché!
Erika enjoys spending time with her little one, friends and family, crafting, reading, writing, music gaming, cooking, creating art, cacti and llamas.

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