3 years ago I started a series on the blog called Feeling Your Emotions. It's about your feelings/ emotions, and getting in touch with them. You can read the introductory post here: https://fallingpetalsuk.blogspot.com/2017/11/feeling-your-emotions-introduction.html
Disclaimer: I'm not a doctor, so if you're having mental/physical issues please seek medical help in addition to reading this. :)
I started by covering to-called "negative" emotions- anger, sadness and depression, fear and anxiety and shame. Then I wrote a "neutral" post about the between point of "negative" and "positive" emotions before moving onto happiness. I've written two posts about happiness which you can see below:
FYE- Happiness (Part 1): https://fallingpetalsuk.blogspot.com/2020/01/feeling-your-emotions-happiness-part-1.html
FYE- Happiness (Part 2): https://fallingpetalsuk.blogspot.com/2020/03/feeling-your-emotions-happiness-part-2.html
This year I've also written two stand-alone posts called Feeling Lonely and Feeling Low. When I did the 3nd FYE Happiness post, I wasn't sure whether to do a 3rd post on happiness, or a separate one on positive thinking and gratitude. I decided to go with the second option. :)Note: While I prefer not to put too much emphasis on labelling emotions as "positive" or "negative" because all emotions are natural (avoiding "toxic positivity", for the sake of this post I'm going to focus on feeling positive as in feeling better in general.
It's been a difficult year with the coronavirus pandemic and racial tension and unrest, due to the injustice of the murder of George Floyd and similar killings. Many of us have found ourselves struggling. Some of us may previously have had mental health issues and some people may have found themselves feeling more anxious or depressed than normal. Just over a year ago I wrote about going through a down time, and as someone who has anxiety and depression, this year hasn't helped with that!
So, while I don't feel really happy right now, I'm focusing on feeling more positive. :)
Note: It may be that feeling positive is just too much of a stretch for you right now. If that's the case then it's probably best to leave this post and come back to it later. :) See the bottom of the post for a couple of links if you're feeling down right now.
If you are experiencing clinical depression it's best for you to be under the guidance of a doctor/health professional.
First up here are some links with suggestions for being positive. I've included a mix of blog posts and videos. :)
Jasmine Lipska post and video with tips for being positive: https://jasminelipska.com/2019/04/23/how-to-actually-be-positive-change-your-life-8-easy-mindset-shifts/
Kajal Pandey video on how to have positive and feel good thoughts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBbQ7bzAPTU
Video with tips for staying positive when things get tough: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbxEMRxTGUg
Post from Jodie Melissa about becoming a more positive person: https://www.jodiemelissa.com/2018/07/becoming-more-positive-person.html
Jodie shares her story of how she became more positive (post and video): https://www.jodiemelissa.com/2020/07/my-story-how-i-became-a-more-positive-person.html
The video includes her manifesting experience.
Simple Ways to Become a More Positive Person (Rachel Kable): https://www.rachaelkable.com/blog/become-a-more-positive-person
How to Be Positive Without Being Fake: https://www.hellolizziebee.com/how-to-be-positive-without-being-fake/
How I stay positive & happy on a bad day (video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYka2x9OhBc
Eva Amurri's tools for staying strong and positive: https://happilyevaafter.com/the-tools-i-use-to-stay-strong-and-positive/
Positive self-talk from Nathan of A Healing Earth (video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSom_6N1xao
If you're into the Law of Attraction (LOA) you've probably heard of setting intentions. If not here is a background post on LOA: https://fallingpetalsuk.blogspot.com/2013/08/law-of-attraction.html
I also wrote a little about intentions in this post: https://fallingpetalsuk.blogspot.com/2017/12/letting-go-of-2017.html
Sometimes if I'm feeling really down, I just set an intention to feel better. It usually works eventually! I just say to myself, "I intend to feel better" because sometimes that's all that I feel I can do.
Here is a post which goes into intentions in more depth, and there's also a section about setting them for positivity: https://stephsocial.com/2020/08/06/setting-intentions/
I've written a bit about gratitude in the past, most recently in my post about feeling low. You can read that here (there is a section called Gratitude): https://fallingpetalsuk.blogspot.com/2020/07/feeling-low.html
I find that sometimes gratitude helps me more than others. If you'd like to start a gratitude practice, check out the post above. I have a monthly gratitude list on the blog, you can find it here: https://fallingpetalsuk.blogspot.com/search/label/Gratitude%20List
Also, here are a couple of links I haven't previously shared:
Post about starting a gratitude practice, and practising gratitude daily: https://thechiclife.com/2019/10/how-to-start-a-gratitude-practice-plus-6-easy-and-fun-ways-to-practice-gratitude-daily.html
- Doing things I enjoy, such as reading, listening to music and writing
- Reading self-help and Law of Attraction books, blogs and YouTube videos
- The books You Can Do All Things and You're Strong, Smart, and You Got This by Kate Allan
- Celebrating the seasons/seasonal festivals
- Getting out of the house (current lockdown rules permitting), such as for a weekly park walk or going to the beach