In the world today, and even more specifically with our own nation, it feels as if there is a constant negative energy. This is especially true for women and young adults. There is so much pressure to fit in with society; often, this leads to poor self-esteem and self-image about oneself. In turn, this can have a very negative effect mentally and physically, leading to bodily harm, destruction, and sadly, even suicide. There are ways, however, to keep oneself from entering into the never-ending spiral of self-doubt and negativity.
- Developing and Practicing Self-Care
When the body feels good, the mind feels good. This allows for a sense of euphoria throughout the mind and body. Endorphins are released, making it almost impossible to feel any sense of negativity. Taking care of yourself promotes self-confidence and a high positive attitude. Self-care can be done in many forms such as:
This type of self-care includes taking the time to exercise, maintain a proper diet, practicing good hygiene and getting plenty of rest.
Psychological self-care is learning to say “yes” to yourself and your needs. It can include taking time to meditate, journal about daily thoughts and activities, and learning to say “no” to others.
Allowing oneself to feel emotions for what they are worth, without holding back or casting judgment.
This does not have to refer to religion. This can also be getting in touch with one’s soul, by contributing to causes that mean something of value; spending time in nature, or watching inspirational videos and/or literature
Professional self-care is engaging in conversation with others, developing hobbies, and maintaining a professional balance with work and overall life.
Avoiding an atmosphere or surrounding such as a friend or family member who consistently promotes negativity by their actions, thoughts, and words, will help to keep a positive mind from wandering down a negative path.
So What Does Optimism Look Like Now? It looks like someone who values themselves and others around them. When one person is happy and feeling good, eventually everyone around them cannot help but feel the same. This, in turn, makes the world a happier, better place one smile at a time.