Health and Wellbeing

How to maintain a positive mindset

By bzellie 25 Mar 2020

We all have life ambitions we want to achieve, but have you ever thought of 'happiness' as being one?

It may sound simple 'to be happy', but sometimes it can be hard to shake off other feelings to maintain a positive mindset. Especially if your Instagram timeline is filled with people posting about how great and happy their life is all the time.

Seeing as International Day of Happiness was this month, we've got a few life tricks to help you shake those bad feelings and improve on that all-important positive mindset.

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Here are 7 habits to take on to make happiness something that will soon come naturally:

1. Plan in advance
Have something to look forward to, with everything that's happening at the moment it can be hard to plan for things with the uncertainty of when self-isolating will come to an end. But why not write a list of all the things you'd like to do when we can be up with friends again. 

2. Wake up and go to sleep the same time every day
We can appreciate this may be difficult on a Sunday when you're dying for a lie-in, but during this self-isolation period this is something that could easily be done. This will regulate your body clock making you feel more energised and will enhance your ability to focused - sounds good right?

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3. Spread some positivity 
When you do something good for someone your brain produces hormones that makes it easier to build relationships, and in general, sends positive feelings all around. Kindness is contagious and making someone else feel good will make you feel good too!

4. "Fall seven times and stand up eight"
When something knocks your confidence, it can feel like everything and everyone is against you. Build yourself back up, learn from your mistakes and come back fighting, resilience is key when you come to uni - you've got this.

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5. You do you
If someone asks you to do something or asks for help that makes you feel anxious, it's ok to say no. Sometimes it necessary to put your own feelings before others, you don't want to be doing things that heighten your anxiety.

6. Set yourself goals
Don't put yourself off difficult tasks, think of them more as a challenge and complete them first (it always helps if there's a chocolate bar waiting for you once you finish). Putting them off will just increase your stress and it will seem more daunting than it actually is. Plus, you've got so much time on your hands now, you want to be doing things that make you happy for the most of it.

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7. Do things that make you happy
If you're feeling down, do the things that you love to do, whether that be drawing, meditating, working out, do these things. It can be difficult as we are self-isolating and may take some getting used to but put on some upbeat positive music and dance around your room - go for it, no one's watching! 

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It's time to become the happiest version of yourself you can be, get rid of negative vibes and stay away from anyone who is bringing you down, not just for today but for the rest of the year!