Wow. So much is happening with the world changing right before our eyes. I took a small break over the last few weeks to try to reground myself and get myself back to the person I normally am.
March has become a difficult month for me. Both my grandparents along with my brother were born in March...and what used to be a month of celebration and happier times has become a time of year where everything just feels more different than usual and I’m not quite myself. I’ve been sad and anxious. I’ve been a little angry…. and while my feelings are valid that’s just not the person I try to be. I’m normally the most positive person in the room.
This month has been challenging. There are so many issues going on around us, the COVID-19 pandemic that has grounded the world and forced us to stay in our homes, along with so much fear, panic, and confusion that isn’t easy to shake. The news is everywhere. It’s exhausting. I deal with anxiety and depression that causes me to be easily trigger and as an empath I feel things normal things so intensely. This has been EXTREMELY overwhelming for me, but I’m doing my best to keep it all together. I’m doing my best to be positive and share only positive things with you all, but let’s be honest… everything isn’t okay.
Today’s post isn’t meant to be sad.
Rather, it’s about remaining positive during difficult times.
In a time where there is so much unknown it’s so important to take care of your mental health and wellness and ensure your tank is full, you’re happy as you can be, and take care of you. I’ve learned that your mindset dictates your life. Energy is contagious and negative thoughts can leave you stuck and empty. We’re surrounded by so much. Sometimes its extremely hard to overcome those thoughts and even harder during everything that’s currently happening. I get it.
How can you stay positive? Here’s some things that work for me:
- Practice Gratitude: I start my day with three things I’m grateful for. It’s my daily reminder that no matter is going on I always something to be positive about. No matter how I feel I always know there’s so much I have to be thankful for. Everything isn’t all bad.
- Surround yourself with friends and family: I’m so far away from my family and often see a few of them once or twice a year. Whenever I need a bit of love to recharge it’s always great that I know they’re only a phone or FaceTime call away even when we don’t talk daily. I’m also reminded of all the wonderful friends I have who have become family and have helped me through so many challenging times.
- Focus on your passions + the things that bring you joy: One way I stay positive and happy is to focus on the things I love and bring me joy. For me it’s so many things you all know; blogging, photography and editing, writing, Netflix (of course), being outdoors, and traveling. When I’m doing what I love I’m just happier by nature. Do more of what you love.
- Always check in on yourself: I do a weekly check in on myself and ensure I’m taking care of myself physically and mentally. I love to journal my thoughts, do one self care day per week, and make sure my mental health remains my priority.
- It’s Okay Not to Be Okay: It is. And you don’t have to validate it. It’s okay to feel how you need to feel and take time to process any emotions you have. I know I always feel like I need to be happy and positive all the time, but I really don’t need to be. So please, when you’re not okay just breathe. Lean on people you love and trust. Those tough times will pass. We’re all human.
My baby brother’s birthday is today (Happy Birthday David!) and I’m so blessed I got to see him a couple of weeks ago. We didn’t get a whole lot of time together, but honestly…anytime I get with my family is such a blessing. I’m so thankful (peep the photos above).
How do you stay positive? What works for you when you’re not feeling your best?
As always, I’m just a message away if you need to talk. Stay positive. Stay healthy and safe.