Sometimes, being optimistic is tough. Even if you consider yourself a pretty positive person, when life gets down, it’s hard to be optimistic. And no one has to be positive 24/7, as that’s completely unrealistic. But at the same time, being the person who’s negative 24/7 is never ideal.

Having your negative moments is perfectly understandable, but when you find it hard ever to see the light in a situation, you should consider talking to someone. Being the friend that is always negative is not only bad for your mental health, but all those around you as well. If you’re struggling on being positive, here are some tips:

5Recognize your negative thoughts

Living in a headspace where you don’t even recognize your negative thoughts is not a good headspace to be in. The first step in moving past your negative thoughts is identifying them. You can’t deny to yourself that the things you’re thinking or saying are negative as that’s going to get you nowhere. Recognize, address, and make a pact to yourself to move past your negative thoughts.

4Practice gratitude

An essential step in changing a negative mindset is practicing gratitude. Instead of dwelling on the bad things, make a list of all the things you are thankful for. Your family, your friends, your health are just a few examples of many things you might be grateful for. That way, you will start to focus on the good things in your life and less on the bad.

3Stay in tune with reality

When everything in our lives seems to be going south, we might want to ignore reality. Although that can help temporarily, in time you’re going to have to face reality. Staying in tune with reality when you’re going through a negative headspace can make you realize how many good things you have going for you.

2Surround yourself with positive people

The people you surround yourself with are indeed a direct result of the energy you give off. If you give off negative energy, you’re going to attract negative people. Your vibe attracts your tribe, and surrounding yourself with positive people is key to developing a positive mindset. Surround yourself with people who have your back and will actively try to pull you up from any depths you may find yourself in.

1Pursue your passions

Pursuing your hobbies and passions when you’re finding yourself in a negative headspace can seriously help clear your mind. Doing the activities you love will make you happy and lessen those negative thoughts from flooding your mind. Find something you love and keep doing it. It will help you in unbelievable ways.