Flicking through a magazine on my break at my hospital job I came across an article about becoming more optimistic. This is something I always try to be, but as everyone knows things do try to bring you down.
Some people are born pessimists, preparing for the worse so they won’t be disappointed.
Apparently the most common characteristics are comparing ourselves to others, and when this happens you must distract yourself rather than dreaming of that bigger seemingly perfect house. Do something else – take a walk, cycle, do something you enjoy.
Enjoy the here and now, so when your child moans at you about something- spend some time with them, forget the housework for half an hour – it’s only stressful when we try and do both!
Keep a gratitude diary – write what makes you feel happy and what you’re thankful for, it helps reflect on when you’re feeling down. Write a list of things that make you feel happy – be that sitting down to read, cinema or taking a nice long bath with candles and attempt to do at least one little thing a day will make a difference in how you feel about that day. We need to recognise the pessimistic thoughts but not dwell on them, and it’s all about becoming content with what we’ve got.
What’s on yours?…