How to maintain a positive attitude in stressful times

by | Mar 15, 2022 | Mind

Are you going through a hard time? 

Do you have a lot of work to do and are stressed because of deadlines? 

Are you worried about something or someone? 

Well, we’ve all been there, and no one is perfect. We’ve all been there, and this article is here to help. Here are some ways to maintain a positive attitude during stressful times, which work for me but might not work for you.

Stress is an inevitable part of the human condition, but it doesn’t have to ruin your life. Worrying about the future and fearing the worst only makes things worse.

Being positive and optimistic can help you get through stressful situations while also helping you live a happier and healthier life overall.

Here are some tips for developing a positive attitude when times get tough:

  1. Start your day with an optimistic note, or thought
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Have a few notes or quotes that inspire you pinned up in your workspace to refer to as needed. Focus on finding meaning in what you do. When you find meaning and purpose in what you do, it’s less stressful and more rewarding.

2. Give some time to take care of yourself.

Find the time to take care of yourself. If there’s one thing that people often forget, it is themselves. This can be to their detriment because when your physical and mental health is out of balance, it can lead to more stress and anxiety.

That’s why it is important to make time for yourself, whether through exercise, eating well, or spending time with friends and family.

If you don’t have the time, try taking a few minutes out of each day to relax or do something you enjoy.

3. Help others

Sometimes, when you’re feeling stressed, the best way to help yourself is to do something nice for someone else. Helping others — even in a small way — can improve your mood, lower your stress and add meaning to your life.

4. Interact with others every day.

 It’s incredible what interacting with other people can do for your positive attitude. It’s so easy to get caught up in our little worlds and forget how important it is to engage with others. Even if you spend five minutes every day smiling at strangers or holding the door open for someone else, it will make a big difference in your mood.

5. Be mindful.

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It’s hard to stay positive if you’re constantly thinking about the past or worrying about the future. Try to live in the present moment. This can alleviate anxiety by reducing stress and concentrating on what we have rather than what we don’t have. It also allows us to appreciate both big things (like being healthy) and small things (like having access to clean water). There are many ways to maintain a positive attitude. practice mindfulness, including yoga, meditation, journaling, or simply taking some time each day to do nothing but breathe in fresh air or look at something beautiful.

6. Hang out with positive attitude people.

Your friends have a strong influence on how you think about life. If the people around you tend to have negative attitudes, it’s time to find new friends who will support you through tricky times instead of dragging you down even further.

7. Stop negative thinking.

In a world that seems like it’s full of bad news, it’s easy to focus on the negative aspects of things. Instead of looking at how something didn’t go your way, try to find the good things about any situation. Even if just one thing went well during a stressful time, focus on that instead of everything wrong.

8. Thank others.

Thanking others for their help and support strengthens relationships during stressful times and lays the groundwork for even better relationships. Often we focus on our problems so much that we forget to look at the people who help us through life. 

Do you have friends or family members who are always willing to help? Do you make regular contact with them to say thanks for being there? 

It’s amazing how much a simple thank you can do for your attitude — and theirs.

9. Avoid social media.

It’s easy to fall into the comparison trap when you’re feeling overwhelmed: “Everyone else has it all together.” But that’s rarely the case — we don’t see what lies beneath the surface on social media feeds. Focusing on others’ highlight reels can make us feel even worse about our circumstances, so it’s best to steer clear of social media.

10. Sleep well

It’s critical for emotional and physical well-being — but it’s one of the first things we let go of when we’re under stress. Don’t do that to yourself! If you aren’t sleeping enough, then try to increase the amount of sleep you get by even just a few minutes every night until you start to feel more rested.

11. Recharge yourself by taking breaks often.

This applies whether you work at home or in an office. Take time off between tasks and make sure you take regular vacations, both for your sanity and your productivity.

Find something every day that makes you smile. It might be as simple as playing with your dog, reading a funny story online or watching a favourite video on YouTube. The important thing is to look for something positive every day that brings you joy and reminds you why life is worth living in spite of the stresses and problems you may face.

12. Focus on your long-term goals

Set reasonable goals for yourself. If you set goals out of reach, you may feel like you’ve failed when you didn’t accomplish them. Instead, set small achievable steps to help you reach your ultimate goal.

The key to maintaining a positive attitude in stressful times is to consider the implications of your positive attitude. If you can detach yourself from the stressor and see it in the broader context of your larger goals, you can better maintain a positive attitude. This approach helps overcome many types of stress, whether personal or professional. Having a positive attitude outlook can lead to greater satisfaction with life and more opportunities for success.

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Dr. Bob Singhal

Professor Bhupendra 'Bob' Singhal, has taught creativity by joy and right-brain thinking, is a renowned international architect, won major design competitions, has over 70 awards, publications, and media mentions, and served as President of the American Institute of Architects South Bay. In 2011, in his book Joy in Health and Happiness: Your Optimal Path to Success, Professor Singhal wrote about the transformative power of joy and helped readers learn to enhance their daily experience of it.


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