How to Stay Optimistic at Work and in Life


People always say that bad things happen in threes. It could be a bad day at work, followed by a family emergency, and topped off with an expected breakup. There are ups and downs in life that everyone must face. Sometimes, it can feel like everything is crashing down on you at once. Rather than giving up, try these techniques to help you stay optimistic at work and in life. Take Deep Breaths Breathing is an innate function that is used for survival. However, breathing correctly can help you relax.  If you’re ever feeling down, try taking a few deep, slow breaths. It sounds simple, but sometimes, taking deep breaths will help calm you down. It allows you to stop for a moment and process everything. Deep breathing allows you to reflect on the important things, and let go of things you cannot change. You can even take deep breathing up a notch by practicing meditation.

Set Goals Keep a list of things you want to accomplish. It's an easy and effective way to stay optimistic. Your goals don't have to be work-related or financially motivated. It can be as simple as wanting to attend a social event that'll make you happy. You'll feel happier just knowing that you have something to look forward to.


Surround Yourself With Good People There's a simple saying: "Your vibe attracts your tribe." This is true about attitude as well. If you surround yourself with negative people, then chances are, you'll mainly see the dark side of things. Surround yourself with positive, and you'll see a shift in your attitude. You can't achieve optimism overnight, but you can leave pessimistic attitudes behind. Embrace good vibes, surround yourself with good people, and you'll stay optimistic even on the hardest days.

Take Care of Yourself When work becomes stressful and home life is exhausting, it can be difficult to push yourself to work out, eat right, and get enough sleep. Working out and getting your heartbeat up is one of the most effective ways to de-stress. It produces natural endorphin, which helps you feel better after working out. It's also important to eat well and get enough sleep. Eating properly keeps you fueled and makes you less likely to binge on greasy fast food that will leave you feel lethargic and depressed. Sleep restores your energy, provides clarity, and keeps your emotions in check so that you can take on the next day with a smile.

The ups and downs of life are like a roller-coaster of emotions. It’s exhausting, frustrating, and stressful. Remaining optimistic is difficult, but by reinforcing positive lifestyle choices, your attitude can begin to shift. If you let go of your pessimistic attitude and embrace all the goodness in your life, then you'll be able to appreciate your strength and realize that you're strong enough to handle anything that life throws your way.

How do you stay optimistic in hard situations?