Spoiler alert: Yes. This post is hella soppy but, in these times, i think it’s necessary. Enjoy!
Do you remember when you’d take a glance out of your window in the morning, see the grey skies and think “Hmm… what a miserable day!”?
Those were the good old days.
Now it’s all too easy to wake up, turn to twitter and some moron has used their 280 characters to already bring your day down. So how do you fight against a constant sea of horrifying news stories, shocking images and opinions that are so drastically different from ours that we question whether we are living on a sane planet anymore?
I used to think that as one of the little guys that my actions wouldn’t make a dent in the pessimism that’s flooding our daily lives, BUT… I was wrong. No, I’m not planning on taking down Donald Trump with my own bare hands. I’m talking about making little differences in MY world, the one that impacts me here and now, in the hope that my positive actions will influence someone else to do the same. It’s all too easy to get bogged down in the misery, so let’s drop a pebble in the lake and see how our positivity can ripple out. Here’s a few ways how:
Care for yourself
Where better to start than close to home. This is an obvious one, but the days that seem the bleakest are the ones where you don’t emerge from your duvet cocoon of un-showeredness and empty Chicken Cottage boxes. I know… because I’ve been there (The staff in my local Chicken Cottage genuinely recognise me. No joke.) The quickest and easiest way to make your day feel a little better is by dragging your ass out of bed and hopping in the shower. Wash away any worries from the night before, or the day that’s been, and use this moment to start afresh. Literally. Make your bed. Eat some breakfast. Pull on an outfit that makes you feel like you have somewhere to go, even if you don’t. The moment we start looking after ourselves, even in the simplest way, is the moment our day will become a little brighter and a purpose for the day may start to emerge!
Give to everyone
Don’t worry – I’m not asking you to empty your pockets out to the next person who passes you on the street. Giving can be as simple as passing a compliment to a stranger, or simply a smile. We have no way to know what’s going on in any person’s life and mind at one time, so be the person that is always giving away positivity as if it’s going out of fashion. You telling your barista that her new haircut looks great could be what alters her entire mood for the day. Take ownership in knowing that we have the opportunity to change someones day for the better with merely a smile.
Donate what you can
Ok NOW i’m asking you to empty your pockets out to the next person who passes you on the street…. If you want? I personally find it difficult knowing how to keep my money in my pockets before I can give it away, but monetary donations to a charity of your choice can make you feel like you are contributing to a greater good, and all for the price of your daily coffee. If money is tight, donate your time. Find a local charity shop that needs volunteers, or a soup kitchen. Silverline regularly need volunteers to write letters or have telephone conversations with elderly people that need company and companionship. Or, do as i do and donate your BODY! I mean that in a totally non-creepy way. You can sign up as an organ donor, or be a blood donor like myself. You’ll be there for an hour max, plus you get free tea, biscuits and a text letting you know where your blood has been sent. In the strangest way, it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside knowing my red stuff is going to someone who genuinely needs it. Your hour of sitting in a chair could be what saves someones life – pretty cool right? (SIDE NOTE: Two charity fundraisers from NSPCC just came to my door WHILST WRITING THIS. Fate sometimes steps in and so i’ve decided to donate £6.50 a month to NSPCC. I’m unemployed right now so couldn’t afford much more but glad I can give my little amount!)
This is another really simple one, but sometimes nature can really do the trick. Have you ever been outside, and just noticed how beautiful the coloured leaves are? Or how incredibly high up on that mountain you are? Or how deep this sea actually is? Getting outside and amongst nature can really help you to put things in perspective. It helps me to just feel grounded and realise that I am a tiny little being on this VAST planet, and I can choose how my existence pans out. Nothing is set for me, it’s all choices that we have to make. Breathe in the fresh air and let it give you fresh perspective on your problems.
Spread some love to those you care for the most
This is a really easy one, but just send some love and appreciation to those who we maybe take for granted. It’s so important to let your friends and family know how much they mean in your life, so do it as often as you can!!
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