Recently, I have been struggling to find the positives in life. When you are surrounded by stress, it can be hard to have a good attitude. However, I know that I am not alone and millions of people across the world feel similar. Here are some tips that I have used to help me live a better life.

1. Stop being pessimistic

I know, it is hard to ignore the negatives in your life when they seem to always come when you do not need them to. I will say, however, that once I decided to only look for the good, I started to feel better about my life. I started stressing less, eating better, and even felt more motivated to do simple activities such as going to the gym. Trust me, this may seem tough but it will help turn your life around!

2. Only you can change your life

Again, this tip may seem vague or difficult to complete. This is actually one of the tips that made a significant impact on my life, though. For example, this past week I have had so many tests and have gotten bad grades on a few quizzes. I seemed to only point out everything that was wrong with my life but was not doing anything to fix it. However, one day I decided to focus on being happy and not paying too much attention to everything negative. I put a smile on my face, took a deep breath, and I tackled all of the problems. I performed better at work, was able to study more effectively, and just overall felt better. This is key to being more productive and improving your mental health.

3. Take a break

If you are severely struggling with what is happening around you, take a while to unplug. What I mean by unplugging is to turn off your phone, take a nap, watch a movie, or whatever helps you take a mental break. Sometimes, you are most productive with a clear mind going into your tasks. Once you have taken a mental break, you can go back to dealing with the problems. This has helped me whenever I am stressed and need a break. Plus, once you complete your tasks, you will feel so much better about your life!

4. Introduce new people into your life, and let go of those who don't support you

This may be the most difficult tip I have on my list. However, I think this could be one of the most effective ones. Yes, it is hard to let go of people that you may have grown close too, but if they are toxic to you then you need to let them go. To clarify, what I mean by someone being toxic is they are either introducing you to unhealthy habits or they are not supporting you as a person. You may have a few people in your life that you may think are your friends, but they could betray you in a heartbeat or move onto the next person. Ideally, you want to find friends that are loyal and want to be around you. Remember, you cannot force anyone to be your friend, but you can find people that want to be your friend.

I hope these tips help you have a better perspective on life. Sometimes, life hits you with curveballs that you never would have expected, but we need to identify the situation and find a way to turn it around quickly. Happy person, happy life.