As daily warriors of life, we all need our weapons to help us fight off the negative things surrounding us or even within us. By weapons, I mean good habits or actions that kill off the stress and negativity.
In my future posts, I’ll be exploring these good habits like getting enough sleep and exercise, finding a hobby, traveling… but for now here are some of my daily weapons that I would like to share with you.
If you are going through a lot of stress or overthinking, it could be difficult to focus. Having racing thoughts could get overwhelming. Meditation is a good way to relax and just pull yourself together.
Here’s a sample video that I use to focus:
Count your blessings.
“All stress begins with one negative thought.” – Rhonda Byrne
Bliss is a great way to list down things you are grateful for on any given day. When you feel down, you can just browse what you wrote and remember all the good things. Replace those negative thoughts with reminders that life isn’t that bad. 🙂
Listen to music.
“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.” – Billy Joel
When you’re feeling down, listening to good music can uplift your soul. We all prefer different genres, but music speaks to the deepest parts of our being. It can refresh and relax us. It can make us dance, laugh, or cry. Music is therapeutic.
If you are not convinced, you can check this article on how music keeps us healthy, strengthens the heart, improves sleep, boosts our immune system, and reduces depression and anxiety.
Keep a mood chart.
You can use the chart to look back and actually see what triggered specific emotions. You can then reinforce the positive moods by continuing the activities which result in a “Happy” mood, and avoid the things that set a negative mood. You can use a journal or any mood apps.
I use Daylio for this. Personally, I think it’s the best mood chart app. It also serves as a journal. You can edit the moods and activities, and it has a reminder you can set on your device. It’s almost like a friend that checks up on you from time to time.
Talk it out.
It really helps when you can share your burdens with someone you trust. We cannot go through our lives alone. We need each other.
If you don’t want to share what you’re going through with family or friends, there are online support groups where you can have encouragement from counselors, people going through the same things as you are, or just someone willing to listen.
You can check out the following sites:
Note: If you have been feeling depressed for a long period of time and have thoughts of self-harm, please do seek professional help.
As a Christian, I cling to God above all else. He is my Savior, my best friend, my Father. I talk to him as much as I can, and breathe out my innermost thoughts when I am at my darkest. He knows every one of us, so there’s no sense in hiding what we’re thinking or who we are to Him. I tell him about the pain, frustrations, regrets, mistakes. Everything.
I’ve been through a lot since my childhood, and I know for sure that He has always been there for me… and He always will be.
Hi there, Daily Warrior!
I’ll be honest with you. I don’t have it all figured out. I mean, who really does anyway? This blog is actually like a big reminder for me to keep track of all the positive things in life, and I think it would also be beneficial to everyone else who may be going through hardships of their own.
The last thing someone going through emotional turmoil would want to hear is “Snap out of it!” and that is not what this is about. This is about protecting ourselves from negativity by taking action. It takes A LOT of effort to do good things that would make us feel better when we feel down in the dumps, but IT IS POSSIBLE.
It’s really a daily decision to get up and keep going. The thing is, I’m trying my best. The fact that you’re reading this right now tells me that you are doing your best too. Keep going.
As someone who is overcoming negative emotions on a daily basis, I’m really excited to share my journey with you all. Please feel free to share your daily weapons against negativity as well. You can write it in the comments section.
I KNOW we can do this. Stay strong! ❤