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The 7 habits to follow to start feeling positive about yourself


It can be hard to learn to like yourself again. More often than not, many people find themselves needing a plan every day to remember the things they have to be positive about and what they should appreciate about themselves (link to plan to learn to like yourself again). When you’re in a funk and can’t help but be negative in your thinking, you need to create a routine and build habits that combat this, so feeling positive becomes more like the norm. Here are the 7 important habits to follow to start feeling positive about yourself.

1) Set goals that give you purpose.

Spontaneity and being carefree is idealistic, and unless that is a natural part of your personality, it takes quite some time and effort to fall into that habit. Setting goals on a regular basis is a commitment to self-love and positivity, because it structures your thinking to believe that things are getting better. By having something to focus on and achieve, you feel productive and powerful over your life. [Join our goal setting network for inspiration, motivation & support]

2) Regular exercise.

We often see exercise as something that has to leave you sweaty and breathless, but exercise isn’t just about getting fitter. When you think of health, you must also think of your mind, and exercise is great for keeping the mind focused and active. The more dormant you are, the more dormant your brain is.

3) Waking up and going to bed happy.

We measure our life by our days, so make sure the break of sleep in between each one is started and ended on a positive note. It’s easier to feel ready for the day if you woken up with good energy and intent. You need to accept the events of each day, forgive your mistakes and never leave negativity unresolved, such as an argument or an incomplete task. [8 habits of the sleep deprived]

4) Be complimentary and kind to at least one person every day.

When you feel negative about yourself, it is often because you are facing inward – you shut people out and close down, allowing your inner voice to isolate you and berate you [How to challenge your inner voice] . Open yourself up and be social. When you positively interact with others, it naturally increases your mood and leaves you feeling positive.

5) Have designated me-time.

It’s easy to lose sight of purpose if your days bleed into one, revolved around the same tasks and challenges. This can leave you stressed, drawn-out and negative. It’s vital to leave the hectic world behind and have time to yourself every so often. Not only can you relax, but you can take time to assess life as it is and what positive changes you want to make to your life. 

6) Take control of something.

A common reason why people struggle to stay positive is that they feel they have no control. They often have chaotic lives, are unable to stay organised and feel that they have no say in decisions. Start with a small part of your life and make it your project. Take complete control of its progress and improvement to prove to yourself that you can do something and do it right.[Set a plan and arrange a better work/life blend in your life here]

7) Ditch the negative people.

Negativity is infectious. We are consciously affected by our social interactions – they mainly dictate how we behave, dress and speak – and who you are around can really affect how you think. Surrounding yourself with positive people [The key behavioural traits of positive women] creates an environment where you feel you can be positive.

When on the journey to feeling positive about yourself, you shouldn’t take any good day for granted, but you also shouldn’t be complacent either. One good day doesn’t promise many good days hereafter. Being positive is a commitment at first and eventually needs to become a habit. If you would like some motivation and support with boosting your mood and positivity daily then join our empowering community with many supportive tools to help you today.


This article was contributed by Pink Moods.