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From gloom to glow: How to overcome negativity in your life

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Sometimes, you might be in a slump, feeling down and pessimistic about life. Everything is going wrong, maybe your teacher scolded you for a performance, or you could have done better on an exam. In contrast, everyone else did; your friends are having fun while you feel left out in a corner, or your boss is unhappy with your work while your colleague receives praise. These situations are filled with fear, anger, jealousy, and pessimism, leading to negative thoughts like 'What if I fail tomorrow's exam?' or 'What if I never get promoted?'

But it's okay; these things happen to everyone. It's normal to experience moments of negativity, but it's important not to lose hope.

We often dwell on our failures and bad luck, magnifying negative thoughts while overlooking the positives. In today's hectic modern world, staying positive can be challenging. Maintaining a cheerful attitude can be difficult.

Everyday living in Bangladesh, like anywhere, brings a distinct combination of stressful circumstances, such as hectic traffic, societal demands, and personal setbacks. On the other hand, understanding why negativity exists and how to combat it can improve our lives.

An old question asks, 'Is your glass half empty or half full?' Some use this to gauge whether someone's mindset is positive or negative, optimistic or pessimistic.

However, positive thinking doesn't mean ignoring unpleasant situations. It's about approaching challenges with a productive mindset, seeing them as opportunities rather than setbacks.

Negativity often comes from unmet expectations, personal failures, or comparing ourselves to others. Think about a student who feels down after a bad exam result, especially when friends seem to do well easily.

Or an office worker who gets passed over for a promotion despite hard work, leading to feelings of inadequacy. These situations can lead to a negative mindset if not addressed.

Staying positive isn't about ignoring life's problems but facing them with a hopeful attitude. A positive outlook helps us see problems as chances to grow and remain strong in tough times. It's about finding the good in every situation, even when things are hard.

A straightforward way to fight negativity is to practice gratitude. Start or end your day by thinking of three things you're thankful for. It could be the smell of morning tea, a supportive family member, or a beautiful sunset over your window.

This helps you focus on what's good in your life. Mindfulness, or attention to the present moment, can also reduce stress. Simple activities like focusing on your breath, walking in Ramna Park, or enjoying each meal bite can help you feel calm and less worried about the past or future.

Spending time with people who make you feel good is also essential. In Bangladesh, family and community are crucial. Spend time with people who bring out the best in you- a kind cousin or a friendly neighbour. Positive social interactions can help you cope with stress.

Doing activities you love can also lift your spirits. Whether playing cricket with friends, painting, singing, making music, or joining any art events, watching theatre, doing what you enjoy can make you happier.

Regular physical activity, like jogging along your roof or in the park just next to your home or doing yoga at home, can reduce stress and improve your mood. Pair this with relaxation techniques like meditation to keep your mind balanced.

When you face problems, focus on finding solutions instead of worrying about the issues. For example, if traffic jams stress you out, try leaving earlier, carpooling, or using public transport. This proactive approach can help you feel more in control. Taking time for self-care is also essential. Whether reading a book, enjoying a cup of tea or coffee at a local cafe, or doing a skincare routine, self-care helps you stay positive and keeps negativity away.

University students often need help to balance coursework, social life, and personal time. Finding joy in small things, like a friendly chat with a classmate or a favourite meal at the campus cafeteria, can make a big difference.

In the office, work pressure and office politics can be overwhelming. Taking short breaks, chatting with colleagues, or organizing your workspace can help reduce stress.

At home, misunderstandings and conflicts occur every day. Being patient and trying to understand others can create a more peaceful environment.

While it's natural to feel negative sometimes, it's important not to let it take over your life.

You can build a strong and positive mindset by practising gratitude, living mindfully, nurturing positive relationships, doing what you love, staying active, focusing on solutions, and taking care of yourself.

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