How to Keep Your Chin Up During Dark Times

Many surveys these days are showing that people are more on edge and unhappy than they have been in several decades. The average person is under a lot of stress and it seems like good news is in very short supply. The recent mass shooting in Las Vegas is just one example of what seemed like an almost daily barrage of horrible events force fed to us by 24/7 news networks and the Internet. Such an unending stream of negativity can weigh upon even the happiest person.

Do you find that you are less happy than you used to be? Here are some tips that might help to change things around for you:

Exercise

Keeping physically active is important not only for your body, but also for the mind. Exercise helps to generate “feel-good” endorphins in your brain that help you to feel better. This is why a good workout finds you feeling calmer and happier afterward.

Practice avoidance

Are there other people or situations that make you sad? Try to avoid them. For example, if the constant barrage of negative news brings you down, try spending less time on the Internet and watching television. If there is a certain person and you find yourself getting sad just being around them, make some polite excuses so you have to spend less time in their presence. That might seem rude, but think about the alternative.

Concentrate on the positive

Is there something coming up in the near future that you are looking forward to, like a holiday trip or a reunion with old friends? Try to keep that at the forefront of your mind as it will help you to stay positive and centred. Also, if there is something particularly good in your day, try to keep thinking about that event or accomplishment.