I’m a pessimist, make no mistake about that. I’m sarcastic and snarky and I’m not really a “glass half full” kind of person. I tend to go straight to worse case scenario and I’m always sure things aren’t going to go my way.
This way of thinking does not help someone with debilitating anxiety who has also been suffering from postpartum depression…ask me how I know. I do know my own twisted way of thinking is what sabotages my attempts at pulling myself out of this dark place I’ve been for a while.
For months I’ve been waiting for my therapy sessions to make me feel better. For my anxiety and depression medications I so reluctantly went on- as a last resort of course- to fix me. But it’s been a slow going process and I haven’t been able to get out of this funk, or whatever you want to call this. And I think a big part of it is that I’m still stuck in that negative mindset- always thinking the glass is half empty or waiting for something bad to happen. I spend so much time thinking about and looking for the bad stuff that I don’t even see some of the good right in front of me.
So I’ve been testing that theory and have been trying to focus on thinking more positively. Changing my mindset. Looking on the bright side.
I’ve also cleaned up my social media and unfollowed any negative nellies. That means anyone who made me feel bad about myself or who who were sucking energy out of me. In exchange I started following some uplifting and positive people and accounts. It’s amazing the difference! (@PositivelyPresent & @PowerofPositivity are two of my current favorites!)
I’m also trying to spend a little time in the mornings thinking about things I’m thankful for or that I’m looking forward to that day. Instead of just stressing out thinking about the to-do list or other menial tasks that lie ahead, what makes today special or unique? How can I make someone else happy today? What can I do to make someones day better? I’ve realized that serving others is something that makes me feel good, so that always puts me in a good mood if I can make someone elses day a little bit brighter.
I’ll leave you with a few positive quotes. Even just saving one of these and using it as the wallpaper on my phone can totally change the tone for my entire day. Try it!