As I sit here in my bed after a pretty crappy day, I went searching the internet for help. I needed some inspiration to pick myself up, dust off, and get back in the game.
During my search, I found this great post which will serve as my guideline and muse for this post, in the slight hope it could reach someone else in need of a boost.
So here are a few from the list in the link above that I will share my own thoughts on.
1) Be the hero of your own story
Possibly my favourite. Imagine this, your life is a film or book that the rest of the world is watching, and YOU are the main character. You want to make it worth watching, right? And you can be whoever you want! Think of a character you love - what is it about them? Inject a little of whatever it is into your life and see what happens.
For me, it's Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl. Sure, she's not a role model in all respects, but she is badass. Confidence to die for, takes on all problems, and loyalty I'd love from a friend.
2) Fail Often, Fail Better
You're going to make mistakes, it's inevitable. Just make the most of these mistakes and learn from them so you don't make them again. One less reason to fall down again.
3) Build Momentum
In order to achieve great things in life you have to work for them long term. Great things don't (usually) happen overnight. Take regular small steps to being the person you want to be, and achieving the things you want to achieve.
4) Do simple things everyday
Smiling more often can genuinely make you feel happier. I tried it. I was having a crap day at work, so I made myself smile more to convince customers I was happy. And you know what? I convinced myself.
Take any opportunities you get to be positive and happy, leading the life you want.
5) Find Inspiration Daily
This is a biggie for me.
Quotes, Photos, Blog Posts, Videos, Films.
All of these can provide much needed inspiration at times. Just a quick search in Instagram can lift my mood instantly as I am connected with thousands of like-minded people trying to life their own spirits with the help of quote photos.
Find inspiration that helps you and use whenever you need it, and share with those that need it too.
6) Learn from your past, then let go
Once something has happened, it's never coming back, so why hold on to it?
Don't hang onto bad feelings you once had, it's unhealthy and helps no one. Instead just learn from whatever went wrong, and then let go of it. Move on to whatever else your day has in store for you, and kick-ass.
7) Be Kind
A huge one here.
Some people will say "There's no such thing as a self-less good deed" but if you can help someone else out, and then feel good about it too, why is that such a bad thing? Why do people believe that you shouldn't be able to feel good for an action you did.
Spread kindness whenever you can, you have no idea what it could mean to someone else. And you never know, they could then go on to doing the same for someone else. And so it continues.
8) Be Positive and Believe in Yourself
A lot of the time this is easier said than done, especially as I type this from my pit of self-loathing.
*Cliche Alert* You only get one life, so really what is the point of wasting it being unhappy? Unless you have a clinical condition, it can be so easy to switch up your life, have some confidence and go at a new positive lifestyle. Give it a go, I dare you.
Everyday is a new opportunity to learn and grow, and to become a better, healthier and more positive person. I intend to try and grow in some way as much as I can from now on.
Whether it be trying to learn a new word in another language everyday, accepting a flaw that I have and I hate, or moving on from something in my past that is holding me back.
Our time is limited, lets be the best we can be
10) Quit the Internet
So this one I'm working on.
Our world is so reliant on the internet, we don't see it for the important uses, only our social media uses. The internet can be both a wonderful and very, very cruel place. I have learnt more about my so called 'friends' from their social media platforms, than I ever did face to face. People aren't what they seem, and they are shielded by their computer monitors for protection.
One day I'll suck it up and remove myself from this toxic environment until I can truly appreciate it's worth.
So, that's all for now. I hope you enjoyed this food for thought, and I would love it if you shared with me any suggestions you have to encourage positivity or happiness.