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Sunday, 8 January 2017

The Positivity Project


I don’t know about you but January and Winter in general has a huge effect on your mental health. I have found that during the last couple of months, especially since December my own anxiety is the worse it has been in a long time. I know I’m not alone in this and sometimes it’s tough to figure out how to feel more positive when you’re feeling like there is so much bringing it down. I recently read the February issue of Glamour and was struck by their article entitled The Positivity Project and thought that it was the perfect way of banishing the pressure of your resolutions in place of operation happiness, putting you and your mental health first.

It’s helped me to create my own individual positivity project in the process. Not only will this be useful in January but throughout the whole year and hopefully by sharing it with you, you’ll use it to create your own too. The mental state of ourselves would be far better if we were all a bit more positive, and so would the world. So, here we go..


1. Get Organised aka sort your s*** out.
It's January so if you haven't already done this, what are you doing? I feel so refreshed once my mind feels more organised so January is the best month to get yourself prepared for the year ahead. Grab your diary and notebook, and get to it. 

2. Read a book.
January is the best month for getting some of those books ticked off your reading list and staying indoors from the miserable January weather. Also apparently reading for 6 minutes a day can reduce stress by 68%. 

3. Message a friend.
Who doesn't enjoy seeing a notification from their friend and especially when it's spontaneous. So, why not spread that? Before you go to work, during your lunch break or on your morning commute send 5 of your friends a message. It can be as little or large as you wish.


4. Help change the world in one minute. 
This is the one from the Glamour's Positivity Project article that I definitely wanted to share with my readers. Why don't you pop over to change.org and sign a petition you care about, gofundme.com to donate to a fundraising drive. It's the little things we can contribute to that make us feel so good. 

5. Sit in a coffee shop.
Order yourself a cup of tea/hot chocolate or whatever you fancy, sit in a coffee shop and immerse yourself in a book or do some blog work. I sometimes feel like sitting in a coffee shop makes you more productive than sitting on your sofa at home.

6. Try 'Box Breathing'
If you are feeling anxious during January or overwhelmed by it all picture the outline of a square and do this exercise. Breathe in for a count of four, exhale for a count of four, and with empty lungs count to four. This technique from wellness expert Louise Padmore is a simple but effective exercise.

7. Have a clearout.
There's nothing like a good clear out, especially after Christmas. You can stick on some tunes whilst your doing it and have a little boogie if you'd like.

8. Buy a sandwich/coffee for a stranger.
We all have the time to spend a couple of quid to buy a stranger a hot drink or a bite to eat, especially in this colder weather. I also think it's the perfect pick me up for them, they're human too. 

9. Set yourself small goals.
Grab your notebook and set yourself a daily goal, whether that's doing half hour of exercise, reading a chapter in your latest read. Whatever it is, set your daily goals and then celebrate with a small celebration dance when you have accomplished them. 

10. Listen to podcasts/music.
I have quite a few Spotify playlists, especially one for those days when I don't feel 100%. I love natural sounds too, but yes definitely create a positive, uplifting playlist of your favourites. Also, why not listen to some podcasts?! I've got loads I'd like to listen to this year so I'm sure I'll share my favourites with you once I've discovered them.

11. Watch a TV Series Set. 
If it's not music, then grab your loved one (or even your own company is good) and watch a TV Series. There are so many available on Netflix, I'm personally excited for The Series of Unfortunate Events that will be on Netflix mid-January. I also enjoy watching Sabrina the Teenage Witch boxset I treated myself to after Christmas.

12. Arrange a coffee date with your friends.
Once you’ve got yourself organised, arrange to go for coffee with your friends. There’s nothing like going out with those whose company you enjoy the most.

13. Wear comfy clothes.
Enjoy wearing some comfortable clothing. Get yourself in your favourite sweatpants and jumper.

14. Compliment somebody.
As a blogger this is something which is definitely important to do more of this year. Find a good thing in everybody! I enjoy using some of my time writing some blog comments, so if you don’t already then make sure you do this.

15. Develop your skills.
Why not teach somebody you know what your good at? Being organised, motivated, photography? Share it with those around you and then gain a skill from them in return.

16. Take the 21-day gratitude challenge.
Record one thing you’re grateful for each day for three weeks. You can log this in your phone or notebook. You can also look back on it on those days when you’re not feeling so positive. Research says it can improve your mood, sleep and energy! There’s loads of great apps out there that do such thing for you to use.

17. Have a picture of your crush in your phone.
Mines Tom Hardy! 

What's on your positivity project? I hope you have an awesome, positive year.


thanks for reading,

39 comments:

  1. Emmie I loved this so much, I love love love the message friends in the morning spontaneously. Something I am definitely going to implement. Also just gave box breathing a test, I like it! Thank you so much for this really inspirational post.
    Peta xx

    www.pe-ta.com

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    1. Thanks for such a lovely comment babe, it's the little things we can do that would make huge benefits. No worries, I hope you'll keep coming back to read it whenever you need a spark of motivation and positivity! :) xx

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  2. Love this idea- such a good one! x

    moremindfulyou.blogspot.com

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    1. Thankyou for the lovely comment babe, glad you enjoyed the post! :) xx

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  3. Great post lovely with some fab ideas for positivity!
    Steph || www.pricelesslifeofmine.com

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    1. Thankyou Steph, glad you enjoyed this post! I really enjoyed writing it :) xx

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  4. I love this, why not start off the year in a positive way. So many people moan that the world is such a negative place, but there's one thing they can always change - themselves! Picturing you doing your celebration dance haha xxx

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    1. Ah it'll be a celebration dance wearing a face mask! :) winner winner chicken dinner!

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  5. I love this! Some great advice, and your lighthearted writing style made me smile! Thanks :-) Katie xx

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    1. Ah thankyou katie, I really enjoyed writing this post so I am glad you enjoyed it! :) xx

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  6. This post is so great, I love it. I absolutely despise winter time as I always feel down at this time of year, being grouchy and getting upset more easily. I think it's important to look at the little things in life. Some of the things you mentioned may not be that significant to some people, but a little can change a lot! I'm definitely going to have a go at doing these things this year! Thanks so much for the lovely post :-)
    Kelly xx

    www.kellypendragon.co.uk

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    1. Ah thankyou, I hope you'll keep coming back to it for some motivation too! :) Yeah I know, it's definitely the smaller things we're not so observant on that go along way these days! :) xx

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  7. What a fab idea! Love this Emmie xxx
    Sophie Cliff

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  8. I absolutely your ideas! These are little things we can follow with no excuses:)

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    1. Thanks for reading this Kat and glad you enjoyed it, hope you'll come back and reread this for motivation! :D xx

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  10. I also set the goal to stay positive, look at the bright side of things and not to worry about things that are not worth worrying about :)

    xx Corinna | www.schuesselglueck.de

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    1. It's such a good mindset to have, especially this time of year so definitely spread the positive vibes! :D

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  11. Great post! What most of us tend to forget is that things that are completely free such as reading a book or setting a few goals mean a lot for our mindset.

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    1. EXACTLY! I've been really enjoying reading more especially this month so hopefully people will do the same by reading this post :) xx

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  12. So many great tips! Bookmarking for later!

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  13. I love this idea! I'm moving early this year, so I'm using January to pare down my possessions and put the konmari principals into practice. I totally agree with your crush and need to add a pic of one of my MANY crushes to my phone. Maybe I'll add one a day, starting with Chase Rice today. :)
    erin | sandsunandmessybuns.com

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  14. I love the idea of a positive project and loved your own list! I may have to "borrow" some of those and make one myself. I am already in the clean out mode! And I love the advice of "box breathing" I had never heard of that before. Could definitely use that! Great list! Thanks!!

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  15. I love the positivity project when I read it in Glamour, I'm glad that it inspired you. Loving all 17 of your tips on how to stay positive throughout the year.

    Tajinder | www.musicgeekonline.co.uk

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  16. I love these ideas! :)
    I had no idea that reading for 6 minutes reduces 68% of stress? I need to get my books out!

    Megan / www.meganmarieblogs.blogspot.com

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  17. Ahh I love this list. I want to print it out and have it on my fridge as a checklist reminder!! So perfect.
    Now I'm off to read for 6 minutes. ;)

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  18. Great post lovely! I'm going to have to try that box breathing and I'm with you on Tom Hardy he always makes things better!

    Ella xx
    www.inellaselement.co.uk

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  19. Love this project! Some good ideas too. Getting organised, tidying up and decluttering is something I'm in the process of already and I agree that sorting your sh** out can really help mentally too! Thanks for sharing <3

    www.invisiblyme.com

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  20. I absolutely adore this idea! It is an awful time of year for most people, me included. I hate the cold, miserable weather and the dark mornings and nights. You've inspired me to write my own positivity list and work on it this month :)

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  21. Some great ideas here, January is such a miserable month!

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  22. Such a fab post. January is such a hard time for so many people, money woes and nothing to do post Christmas. Though, like you say it is a great time to sort your shit out. Need to do that myself! 😝
    Jaz xoxo
    http://www.thelifeofasocialbutterfly.co.uk

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  23. These are some great tips! I find that January so far has been making me sleepier and been napping way too much! x

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  24. I love this post. I;ve seen a few challenging goals i have to set myself i.e buy coffee/sandwich for a stranger and help change the world in one minute. I am also trying very hard to keep in touch with friends. so the spontaneous message might be a good try too. Thanks for sharing.

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  25. There are some great tips here. I hate january and much prefer winter in december x

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  26. I am bipolar and the winter months are just awful for my mood January always starts with redecorating as I find it great therapy

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  27. So much good advice here, and I especially can't argue with a pic of Tom Hardy on my phone... that'll certainly help the positivity!! :) x

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  28. I should definitely have a proper clear out ! Give stuff I don't need to charity :-) Thanks for your advice!

    ♥ Jasmin N | Little Things With Jassy

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  29. Oh wow, I love this idea! One of my goals for this year is to really work on improving my mental health, and one of my goals for February is to practice self-care regularly. So I'll definitely be referring back to this for help with both of those goals! Love the tip about helping change the world; even just signing a petition or donating to a charity helps, and can make you feel so much better! Also, I totally read "message a friend" as "massage a friend" and that changed the whole tone of the post...hahahah! x www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

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