7 Ways to Stay Positive Even on the Most Stressful Days

Feeling a little overwhelmed? We’ve got you covered.

By: Rebecca Jacobs

You know that co-worker of yours who always has a smile on her face, maintains an upbeat positive attitude and carries herself with such grace? Yup, we probably all know someone like that, and if you’re slightly jealous and want to know the secret sauce to staying positive even throughout the stress of day to day life, keep reading.

We are going to talk about how to stay positive even on the most stressful days by simply shifting your mindset, moving your body, and giving yourself a break every once in a while.

So whether you are looking for tips on adding more positivity into your day to day life, or are looking for what the secret to staying positive at work is, we have you covered.

Let’s take a look at seven ways you can stay positive even on the most stressful days.

7 Ways to Stay Positive Even on the Most Stressful Days

#1 Be Present

Want in on the number one way to keep your day upbeat and positive?

Drum roll please…it’s being present in the moment! Something as simple as just going through your day being super mindful about everything you do can help you stay positive even on the busiest days. It will help you focus in on one thing at a time, tune out any background noise, and putting everything you have into what is going on in the present moment.

When you’re present and mindful, you can also really tune into everything you have to be grateful and positive for, so stay present my friend, and positivity will naturally follow suit.

#2 Stop Yourself When Needed

Have you ever made a mountain out of a molehill? Trust us when we say we all have. And if it’s something you tend to do often, then give yourself permission to stop yourself when needed. Pump the breaks for a second and think about the situation at hand. Don’t let yourself spiral down a rabbit hole you don’t need to go down out of something that just doesn’t require that much of your energy. This can be a huge game changer when it comes to keeping things upbeat and positive throughout the day, even if you hit a bump in the road. Take a few deep breaths, and just keep moving right along.

#3 Do Something For Someone Else

Sometimes doing something nice for someone else is exactly what we need to bring more positivity to our day, and it will certainly bring a smile to someone else’s face. So, if you are feeling stressed, tired, overworked, or all the above, make it a point to practice one act of kindness each day. You would be surprised at what doing for others can do for your overall mood as well. Plus, we could totally use some extra kindness going around!

#4 Move Your Body

Have you ever heard the saying you’re just one good workout away from a good mood? Well, this is so true, and if you feel yourself getting stuck in a rut and in need of a mood boost, be sure to get a good workout in. The post-workout endorphin rush is sure to give you that positive mood boost you need to get through the rest of your day. And, if you want a great way to kickstart your day, try getting a quick 20-30 minute workout in before you head out the door to work. FitOn app has plenty of exercise classes taught by celebrity and world-class trainers that are always open! Just press play, and get that workout in right from home before your busy day begins. Trust us, you will be happy that you did!

#5 Stop That All or Nothing Thinking

Are you guilting of being stuck in that all or nothing mindset? You are totally not alone, and it’s nothing to be ashamed of. So many of us think that if we don’t have a full hour to work out, then what’s the point, or if we ate that donut for breakfast, our day is ruined, so why not make it your cheat day. Listen up girl, we are here to tell you to ditch that mentality, because life and healthy living is SO not all or nothing, and you can bring so much more positivity into your day if you just give yourself a break.

So, if you only have 20 minutes to exercise, that’s perfect, and just enough time to get in a quick HIIT session in with FitOn app. And, did you slip up between breakfast and lunch and grab a handful of candy from the candy jar at work? Brush it off, and move on. You have the whole rest of your day to make positive choices, so don’t get hung up on these things, and make one healthy choice at a time, one day at a time.

#6 Leave Your Work at Work

If you’re crazy stressed at work, it will be easier to stay positive throughout your day if you know that when it’s time to punch that clock, that you can leave work at work and go home to unwind. It’s when we bring out workloads home and never have time to rest and reboot for the next day that we can find ourselves frazzled and extra irritable. So, if work has you stressed, look on the bright side by thinking about what you get to do after work. It will help you power through your day.

#7 Don’t Take Yourself Too Seriously

Real talk-life is way too short to take yourself too seriously! So, if you find yourself up against some type of criticism, let’s say at work with a coworker, try to take the criticism in a more positive light. This is a great way to stay positive at work even on the days where you feel like your boss is breathing down your neck. Take some deep breaths and start to reframe how you look at criticism. While any negativity can seem like a direct insult, and of course rejection can be harsh, don’t let it steal your sunshine, girl. Instead, ask yourself what you can take away from the criticism-is it constructive criticism you can learn something from, or is it non-constructive and something you just need to brush off?

Either way, remember not to take yourself too seriously, and don’t let it get in the way of your ray of positivity you have to share with everyone else around you.

The Last Word

Bringing more positivity into your day even on the most stressful days can be as easy and as  simple as getting a quick workout in, being more present in the moment, or taking some time to really dig deep and shift your way of thinking about certain things. So, if you’re stuck in a rut and in need of a serious change, try implementing a few (or all) of these tips. Positivity is a powerful and contagious thing, so don’t be surprised if the more positive you are, the more positive others are around you too.