How to stay positive when the news is gloomy

How to stay positive when the news is gloomy

It can sometimes feel that the news is all doom and gloom, and it's easy for this to affect our mood and how we feel about life. Self-help author Anne Jones has come up with a list of six ways to stay positive during tough times:

Anne Jones suggests five ways to protect yourself and ensure you don’t add to the negativity; 

  1. Keep your own thoughts positive. If you focus on the positive things in your own life and in the world as well, you will lighten your own energy and you will be less likely to attract collective negative energies. If a negative thought slips out, then straight away think of something that makes you happy and this will diffuse your first thought.
  2. Distract yourself from the news. Once you are up to date on the news, turn off the TV, avoid Facebook and find something to focus on that is light-hearted.
  3. Avoid people who enjoy wallowing in negativity. Mix with upbeat and lively people who have the similar views to you and enjoy being positive rather than scaremongering.
  4. Don’t play the blame game. If you find yourself fuming and spitting at the TV when a subject is raised then ask yourself if it is affecting you directly? Can you affect or change what is going on? Is it actually any of your business? If you answer no, then focus on what you can influence. Make someone’s life better, give love and time to someone who needs it or find a way to make a difference to the world through your own efforts.  
  5. Laugh at it. By all means have a rant and get the toxic feelings out, then laugh at yourself or the situation. Laughter will always raise your vibrations and diffuse and lighten negative energies.
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