The Power of Positivity
In my experience, there are few things in life that are as beneficial as a positive attitude. Approaching the world with optimism and maintaining a positive outlook can be advantageous for your health, body and mentality. However, sometimes that positive attitude is easier said than done — especially when you’re living with a chronic disease like MS.
To keep me motivated and feeling good, here are some ways I’ve implemented positivity in my life while living with a relapsing form of MS. I hope these help you too!
Keep a journal and write down one positive thing that happened to you each day. The brain will remember and re-live that moment, reinforcing positive feelings. This will get the dopamine flowing, which is the feel-good hormone. Doing this every day can cause an extreme shift in your emotions and overall outlook on life.
2. Paying It Forward:
Do a random act of kindness for someone as often as you can. I try to do it once a week. Going out of your way to do something nice for someone else, without expecting the favor to be returned, is a great way to feel good.
3. Channeling Positivity:
Read positive stories and follow positive blogs instead of watching the news. I find this to be really helpful since the news is really just full of sad, depressing things happening in the world. I follow Huffington Post’s “Good News” column, where they share feel-good videos and articles for the sole purpose of bringing positive, joyful vibes to people instead of reinforcing what’s wrong with the world.
4. Setting Goals:
Set up a list of goals for the year. Seeing your goals visually, written out, on a large piece of paper or poster board reinforces your brain to remember them. Place the goal board somewhere you can see it every day. Every time a goal is achieved, boldly check it off. The goals can be far-reaching, such as running a marathon, or even simple, like going for a jog once a week. Accomplishing even the smallest goals feels great and should be celebrated. At the end of the year, see how much you accomplished and get motivated for the next year.
5. Getting Active:
Exercise and diet are very important. Everyone knows that mental health can be greatly improved by exercising regularly and eating healthy, clean food. When we exercise, dopamine is released, so we feel really good afterward. Working out for an hour a day a few times a week is such a small commitment, but the reward can be SO great. Not only are you keeping your body strong, but your mind as well. Just remember to talk to your doctor before you start any