Words of Wisdom

Five Ways to Stay Positive in 2018

Whatever knocks you down, just get back up with a smile on your face that says, “I can do it!”

With 2017 at its end, there is a lot to look forward to in 2018, whether you are graduating from college or starting a new job, make it your best year yet! Forget all of the negatives of 2017 and look forward to a better 2018. It is a new year fill of new challenges and opportunities you will encounter. A new year to improve yourself to become a better person. Here are five ways to stay positive in 2018.

Set goals for yourself and achieve them at your own pace

Striving to make the honor roll? Wanting to help your team win against the biggest competition of the season? Trying to eat healthier? Make a list of goals that you want to accomplish and work towards to achieve them at your own pace. There is no need to rush to reach your goals. I recommend setting deadlines on when each goal should be accomplished. In this way, you would more likely to accomplish them.

Create a playlist that keeps you going in during your busy, stressful life

With creating a playlist with all of your favorite, upbeat and powerful songs, it can help you keep on going when you are having a tough day. Listening to your favorite music is therapeutic and can help relieve stress. I usually listen to songs from Jon Bellion, Demi Lovato, Halsey, Florence and the Machine, and many more artists I would list. Many of their songs helped me when I am down or when life does not go my way. I listen to my playlist of music that helps me to keep me going.

Be more open and honest with your feelings with others.

Whenever you are feeling down or you are angry about something, it is better to talk about it with the people you trust. Whether it is your parents, sibling, best friend, or a trustworthy adult, they can help you feel better and offer advice and encouragement. From my experience, I would recommend telling someone you trust about your problem and how you feel right away instead of holding everything inside. If you do not tell for a while, then it is going to hurt you in the long run.

For example, I got my heartbroken because someone I like has a girlfriend. I was completely shocked and devastated when I found out. It threw me off track. What I did was I told many of my friends and family about how I felt. We talked about it and with their words of encouragement and advice, I felt better. Moral of the story: be open to others to how you feel and you will feel better. You will not regret it.

Get rid of all of the negative things in your life.

This one is a no-brainer. Anything that is holding back from living to your fullest should be eliminated. For example, if your friends with someone who brings you down most of them time, then you should not be friends with them anymore. It is not worth it.

Another example is that if you completely lost interest in a sport, like soccer for example, and find it tiring to go to practice, then just quit.

By getting rid of anything negative in your life, you are on your way to having a happy, healthier life. I guarantee that.

Try to have a journal to record the good times in your life.

Writing can be therapeutic as you can write anything down. If you want to keep a record of all the good times you felt and experienced, then I recommend having a journal to write all of them down. Once you write them down, you can look back at them anytime when you are older and smile.

Right now, I currently keep a journal and I record everything into that journal. In 2018, you will be creating new memories so it would beneficial in keeping a journal to remember what you did and how you felt at the time. When you look back at them, you will be glad you did.

Whatever throws at you in 2018, make it the best year yet.

The past of 2017 has been written down in history and it is time to write a better 2018. Whatever knocks you down, just get back up with a smile on your face that says, “I can do it!” Best of luck in 2018 everyone and stay positive. <3

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Valerie is a junior Public Policy Major at St. Mary's College of Maryland....