Negativity is something that runs rampant in this day and age. Whether it's self-inflicted negativity, online influences, or people around you.
A few years ago, I really struggled with the mental state I was living in. I found myself waking up every morning not wanting to get out of bed and dreading going about my day. The school was something I looked at negatively, food was something I looked at negatively, sometimes even hanging out with friends I even looked at negatively. Everything in my life seemed like a chore or something I had to do. My life simply wasn't what I wanted it to be and I was trapped in an endless cycle of negativity.
The first thing I did was got my mental health assessed by a professional. Most people don't think/ talk about seeing a therapist when in reality it is one of the best things you can do for your mental health. Having someone listen and give you a broader perspective and unbiased advice is what kickstarted my journey to a more positive lifestyle. After that, I began reading books and watching movies that inspired me and made me happy. I started journaling daily and would make lists of things I was grateful for. I worked out, but in meaningful ways that benefitted not only my body but also my mind. I submerged myself with things and people that made me feel full, and ultimately, I ended up being able to re-identify my identity. Positivity, slowly, but surely became my lifestyle.
Something I ultimately came to realize was that nothing in life is a chore if you think of it as a privilege. A college education is a gift, being able to eat and fuel your body is a gift and having loved ones is a gift. Nothing should ever be taken for granted because after all, this is our life and we should be thankful for all negative situation and embrace them with positivity because at the end of the day anything and everything that happens to you happens for a reason.
Not only this year, but your life will only be as good as you allow it to be. So, evaluate where you are mentally. Talk to someone, whether it's a professional or trusted friend. Think about what makes you happy. Cultivate and visualize the life you want for yourself, and make it happen. I promise positivity is the best way to live, and at the end of the day you'll love life and life will love you right back.