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Staying Positive in Tough Times

Top tips for feeling better in no time

Here we are, all stressed out! We can feel the world changing at a rapid pace, which is now being ramped up by the epic series of Uranus-Pluto squares taking place from 2012 to 2015. We're all in this together, folks, and it's important to stay positive when facing so many stressful challenges. But how? 

Staying positive in tough times does take some effort, but that’s why we Daily Defenders are here to help. We hope you’re already using the insight from your daily horoscope to make each day brighter.

Beyond that, the Karma-conscious folks here at DH have put together some simple, practical things you can do to improve your outlook (which will in turn improve your life). Here are some bright ideas -- large and small -- for staying positive in tough times:

Turn that frown upside down

Ok, we hope this doesn’t sound trite, but… smile! You may have heard that smiling releases endorphins in your brain that make you feel good. It’s true! This is where expressions such as “fake it till you make it” and “grin and bear it” come from. Just force a smile, hold it for a few minutes, and see if you feel better. You’ll feel so silly fake-smiling that you probably can’t help but laugh. And all that smiling and laughter is contagious, so you’re sure to find others smiling back.

Keep a journal

A great way to get rid of negative thoughts it to empty them out on paper. Studies have shown that journaling reduces stress. You don’t need to be a good writer -- heck, you barely need to be coherent. Just write about what’s troubling you and get it out, and then write about your wishes and hopes and dreams. It’s a proven method of purging the negative and focusing on the positive, which will lead to more emotional well being.

Let Calgon take you away

Bubble baths are an obvious happy-inducing indulgence, and that purely physical act of soothing will soak right into your brain. Let the warm water relax your physical aches, and add scented bubbles -- mmmm, lavender -- to ease any emotional pain. Immersing yourself into such a relaxing experience will lift your mood long before your fingers begin to prune.

 Talk about it, but not too much

It’s good to talk about your problems -- with a friend, a family member or a professional. But recent studies have shown that talking about your troubles too much can actually hurt. It puts too much focus on the negative. You know those people who are always whining about what’s getting them down? Well, at some point all that negativity turns into a self-fulfilling prophecy. A far better approach is to talk briefly about your problems, then talk at length about solutions and what makes you happy -- or at least address positive steps you can take to change your situation.

Take care of yourself 

Nothing will make you crankier and more prone to a bad attitude than eating junk, overdoing your alcohol intake or not getting enough rest and exercise. When you feel good physically, it’s so much easier to feel good mentally. Challenge yourself to be more conscious of your physical health, and if you need help, join a fun group of other likeminded peeps – we find this Facebook group taking part in A Year of 30-Day Challenges so inspiring!

Show kindness toward others

Volunteering, helping a friend or performing a random act of kindness for a stranger will do you as much mental good as the person you’re helping out. What better way to prove there’s goodness in the world than proving it to yourself?

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Lindsay says:
Thu, 07/05/2012 - 08:19

This is such an amazing article! It is so true that forcing a smile, no matter how silly, makes me feel better every time. Especially at work when I am having a hard day, I stop for a minute close my eyes and smile. Eventually I begin to laugh and remember to relax and take it step by step. Thanks for reminding me to smile and take care of myself. I always forget these small simple steps that make such a large difference. :-)

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regina geary says:
Fri, 07/08/2011 - 18:30

My Mom always says she is control of her own happiness. It's true! For months now, I have focused on doing things that make ME happy. I do as I please as long as I don't cause harm to myself or others. For example, I decided to allow my yard to grow wild in the front I found out that many weeds are quite beautiful much to the consternation of my neighbors. I keep it groomed and when it gets overgrown, I jst pull the pklants up, the taller ones anyway. The ones closer to the ground I leave. It will all grow back anyway. I no longer care to conform to what's acceptable in the way I live my life. People can say and even laugh, I don't care! I'm the one who has the best laugh at them. :)

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Michelle says:
Wed, 05/25/2011 - 11:28

Knowing that God and your Angels are always with you can also help you if you are feeling stressed out or worried or nervous!! Keep that in mind! You can always call on your Angels to help take all your stress and worries!! KISSESS

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Mike says:
Wed, 05/25/2011 - 06:59

I know the Gods are on my side, even when things don't look so good, I know that I can't always get what I want, but I get what I need............

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Ninive Youger says:
Sun, 05/22/2011 - 08:40

Thanks for a great positive read!

@ Delorse: What a simple yet powerful remembrance! Life goes so fast ~ I agree slowing down does indeed help, however we "do it"! After all, any "change" in our personal & world interactions only can begin with roots planted firmly within each of us. We can make the Choice to be "happy" and content or Grateful or we can Choose to dwell & fret...

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Delorse Croissette says:
Sun, 05/22/2011 - 06:30

I have found that if you "Sit back and rock awhile" that things dont seem as bad as you orginally thought they were. The solitude gives you time to reflect as if you were writing in a journal. And by doing this either in the beginning of the day as the world awakes or at dusk when the world is going to sleep, (as in nature) you see things in different prespectives. So just "Sit back and Rock awhile"

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Rodney Van Goddard says:
Fri, 05/20/2011 - 18:56

Karma versus pluto, titan versus chiron. Jews who are they! Atheist parallels intelligent design, thats exactly the god were miffed with prometheus! Again this id no ordinary printer it grows special cells akastem cells, I say holy cow! You say bullbleep thats not taurus that capricorn!!!!!!!!!!

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