8 Ways to Think and Feel More Optimistic
Create a ‘Happy’ Playlist
Music nourishes the soul – and if you play your tunes right can even change a bad day in to a good day! This might not feature songs from your regular playlist but sometimes it can be beneficial to give yourself a break from the heartbreak of RnB or the angst of rock and just enjoy the simplicity of an upbeat classic.
Go Outside Be it for a walk around the campus, eating your packed lunch in the park or reading by the town hall fountain – getting some fresh air and sunshine is a great mood lifter.
Look for the Positive
If something goes wrong don’t see it as a failure. Instead take from the situation what you have learned to be moved forwards with you as a learning curve. This might be understanding how to get a higher grade in your next essay or else being more prepared for a future job interview. Just because something didn’t turn out how you hoped it would doesn’t mean there is nothing good you can take from it. Beware that perfectionism leads to procrastination which leads to avoidance, which leads to inertia, or so goes the phrase; ‘the man who never made a mistake never made anything at all’.
Excessive stress can be counterproductive so when you feel like you don’t have time to relax, give yourself just a few minutes to practice meditation or mindfulness. The object is to calm the body and mind for greater clarity and a feeling of wellbeing. Taking 10 minutes to do this could make you more productive for hours afterwards, so it’s worth the investment. The University provides a series of guided mediations online: DMU Midweek Mindfulness and runs a programme of midweek mindfulness at noon in the Kimberlin Library.
Have A Hobby and Share It with Others
We all need that something which we do purely because we love it – rather than for work or university. Be it gaming, baking, rowing, performing, whatever it is for you; make time for it. Making time for your hobby is making time for yourself and you deserve it. Actually, doing nothing but work, work, work is not the most productive strategy so instead ensure there’s some balance in your life and check out the numerous clubs and societies that you can join and share your passion with others! DSU Societies
Do Something Good For Someone Else
Giving back shifts your focus outward and often helps put things into perspective. You can volunteer at one-off events or regularly. And in a variety of ways to suit your skills and interests. It is also a great way to meet new people and broaden your horizons! DSU Volunteering
Make a ‘Happy’ List
This is really simple and should help develop a habit of positivity. Every night just before you go to bed write down three great things that happened that day. They could be in a private journal that you can then read through again or else post them as bullet points in a Facebook status. This will help you appreciate the good things that happen each day and forget the bad. It also works for gratitude, just pay attention each day to the things you feel thankful for and before long you have quite a list!
It’s easy to overlook the need to sleep when there are so many more interesting diversions, but it’s essential for processing information and feeling well. It’s true you can function with a less than optimal amount of sleep but you won’t perform to your best and it will feel like hard work. The best start to any day is a restful night’s sleep, so follow the tips for a good night’s sleep in the University’s practical and informative guide: NHS self help guide for sleeping problems