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How to Stay Positive When You’re Having a Bad Day

We’ve all had those days, sometimes even weeks, where nothing at all seems to be going right. It can often seem like the entire world is against you; even within the first few moments of the day. At times, it can simply be a struggle to find the motivation and energy to seize the day.

The piercing sound of the alarm calling you for work, added on top of the struggles of day to day life… it can be hard. The accumulation of stress from relationships, money and a number of other pressures can impact your positive mental state and leave you feeling down. Does that sound familiar? 

Once you find yourself in a negative mindset, this can make life seem even harder than it actually is. Stress seems to multiply, it’s easier to disregard relationships and the daily pressures you are facing worsen. But... you must remember, it isn’t all bad! That is half the secret, as increased positivity and mental health act parallel for improving emotional wellbeing. 

Ways to Stay Positive

There are a number of healthy ways you can maintain a positive mental state, even when you’re having a bad day. Mental health is a serious matter, and we understand that it is difficult to switch mindsets in a short space of time. Maintaining positive mental health is a journey, but one that is achievable nonetheless. Here are our suggestions for you to ingrain into your lifestyle to begin thinking positively - the first step towards living positively. 

  1. Set Goals

Are you feeling a little lost? Sometimes it’s easy to think our talents are going to waste. A lack of direction in life can leave us feeling that we have no path forward to get where we want to be. Setting goals is a great way to find that direction, and can leave you feeling a sense of accomplishment once the goal is achieved. It also helps you discover who you are as a person, and where you want to be. 

  1. Make a Plan To Achieve Your Goals

Goals can be set for a number of reasons. For example, it could be that you’ve become unhappy with your physical appearance. A great goal you could set yourself would be to become happier in your own skin, and you could then take action to achieve that goal in whatever way you please. This could be by joining the gym to lose weight, regular pampering sessions to make you look better and feel more confident. The choice is yours… go get it. 

  1. Think Positive… and Speak Positive!

Positive thinking and mental health should be talked about more. People often disregard this without even trying. Obviously, when something bad happens, It’s easy to go over the details in your head and drag yourself down further…. But think about the good things! Have the confidence in yourself that things will get better, and speak in a way that shows this. Try to avoid negative conversation by speaking positively to yourself, your friends and even strangers. Heartfelt and friendly interactions with people can lead to a more positive mental state than sitting alone silently. People care…. Try it. 

  1. Let It Go!

People can hurt with words, with intentions, and with actions. But what does sitting around and going over it in your head achieve? Apart from making things worse. If a certain someone has upset you, just know that this is a part of life, and there are people out there who you won’t always see eye to eye with.

There are people out there who DO understand you and who DON’T want to hurt your feelings, so just concentrate on those instead! Positive thinking can help mental health, and letting go of negative energies that are locked up inside of you can be a great way of doing so. 

  1. Surround Yourself With People Who Motivate You 

It’s a well-known fact that human beings are a product of their environment. This includes elements such as our upbringing, the area we were raised, the influences we have faced throughout our life and more. But arguably the greatest influence on you is your friendships and reference groups. 

Are you unhappy with where your life is at? Then look to find people who motivate you. Associate yourself with people who motivate you to be a better human being, who want you to achieve your goals, who want to see you living your best life. This can help you find the fire inside to find positive mental health through achieving your goals. 

  1. Don’t Be Scared of Failure 

Everyone who achieves greatness has failed at some point in their life. It’s guaranteed! Don’t believe us? This will help you think differently. Look at Albert Einstein, his name is parallel with the word intelligence. 

But.. did you know Albert didn’t speak until he was four? He also didn’t begin reading until seven! Shocking right… imagine the people who doubted him. He was also accused of being mentally handicapped at a young age. 

Albert went on to win a Nobel Prize and altered the entire world’s approach to physics. So, use the challenges you face to make yourself a better person, life’s failures are simply lessons. This is also two tips within one, if Albert had listened to all those who doubted him, would he have achieved what he did? No…. The lesson is; don’t be scared of failure OR people’s opinions. 

  1. The Past Is NOT The Future 

The previous positivity and mental health tip leads nicely into this one. We like to think they belong together. You must remember, the past is NOT the future, and the journey of your life so far does not reflect what is to come. 

Use the challenges you have faced in your life so far to define who you want to be. There are many success stories surrounding individuals who have turned their lives around, and I’m sure you will have someone pop in your mind right now. Here’s an example, look at Robert Downey Junior - he faced drug addiction, stints in rehab and criminal charges. But now... he’s a star right at the top of his game who is adored by millions. Don’t let a bad yesterday ruin a good tomorrow. 

  1. Concentrate On The Good Things

As the famous saying goes, ‘what consumes your mind, controls your life’, and how can you disagree? A great way of maintaining a positive mindset, ultimately for positive mental health, is by concentrating on the good things in your life… no matter how small they may be. 

Think of your family, your friends, your pets, and what you do have. Although life can be difficult for a number of reasons, it is easy to access an enriched life. Think of those who barely have access to running water, or those sleeping on the streets. How would you feel in their position? Consider what really makes you unhappy… does scrolling across social media make you envious of what others have? Or does constant exposure to negative news on the TV leave you in a negative mindset? Avoid anything that drains your positivity and mental health.

  1. Eat Healthy and Exercise 

Research by the NHS proves that depression is more common amongst people who are obese. Those with a healthy BMI are up to 45% less likely to face depression… meaning those who are deemed obese are almost twice as likely to face mental health problems. That’s a pretty shocking statistic that should be promoted more. If you’re looking to maintain positive mental health, get active!

Putting your body through regular exercise helps you to be healthier, lose weight and look great. During exercise, your brain also releases endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good factor, that helps overcome the negative inner doubt and improve your overall mindset. This can boost positivity in yourself, relationships and others and improve your mental health. The same applies to a poor diet, as they say, you are what you eat. Try eating some fresh produce, fruit and vegetables for a period of time and see the difference within yourself. 

  1. Tomorrow Is Another Day 

The last and final tip from us is to always remember that tomorrow is another day! You, or anyone else for that matter, will ever know when a wondrous silver lining might come your way. 

So... be positive that you will catch that all-important break. For all the negative things that might have happened and impacted your life, there could always be that one life-changing moment waiting just around the corner. You could meet the love of your life, get the career break you have craved, or even find a friend that completely understands you and helps you with your mental health.


We hope you find these tips valuable for positive thinking and mental health. If you have been struggling from a mental health problem and need additional support on your road to recovery, contact Brevin today to see how we can help you.

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