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Thinking Positively

” A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new ” – Albert Einstein 
Everyday life can feel exhausting, with pressures from social media and parents making us feel worse. Here are Tag’s 10 tips for staying mindful and thinking more positively.
A change of mindset
Thinking more positively is a change of mindset. Being able to approach stressful or uncomfortable situations with a positive attitude is crucial. For example, when our parents are nagging us, the positive way of looking at this problem would be to see that our parents care. This isn’t always easy, but it is worth it. There are always two sides to everything.
Nobody is perfect
When you see someone happy on social media, it may make you wonder why you feel different from them. Taking a look at someone’s Instagram or Snapchat and wanting what they have is something we all do. We compare ourselves. This makes us want to change ourselves to fit in or be liked.
It is important to remember that we are only seeing a perfect version of someone. Like us, this person is not perfect. It is important not to hold us, or anyone else, on a pedestal.
Break your social media addiction 
Whether it’s 10 minutes or a whole day, taking time off from social media is a great way to stay positive. You will notice that you have missed very little. The videos you want to see will still be there. Often, we find ourselves invested in all the numbers and politics that social media brings. It is essential to remind ourselves that there is more to our lives than screens and what’s on them.
We can’t control everything
Believe it or not, there is very little that we can control. It is believed that there are only two things in fact: our opinions and attitudes. Everything else is said to be out of our control and, in turn, not worth over-stressing about. For example, you can’t get all your work done; you can’t control time, but you can control what you do.

Self-talk    
“I’m so stupid,” “No one will ever love me,” or “I’ll be alone forever.”These are common phrases that we say to ourselves. The language we use is very important and has a massive impact on us. When other people come to us with problems, it can be easy to reassure them with words of encouragement and advice. The same, unfortunately, cannot be said about us. When we struggle with things, it can be easy to think badly.
Focus on today
It is easy to overthink the future. These thoughts can stop us from doing tasks in case something bad happens. But the future is unknown. We don’t know what is going to happen. We recommend focusing on today because tomorrow will come eventually.
Learn something new 
Have you ever wanted to snowboard, bungee jump, or go free diving? Investing time in a new hobby can also be a healthy distraction. Trying something new is a great way to step out of our comfort zone. You can boost your confidence and make yourself feel better.
It’s OK to fail
Many athletes will testify that failure is a part of success, but it is something that most of us fear. There can be immense pressure put on us to have success through things like good grades without failure. It is okay to fail. We shouldn’t let failure put us off from doing something that we want to do and chasing our dreams.
Talk to someone
Another perspective can help to get us out of a bad headspace. No matter how alone we may feel, there will always be someone to talk to. Reaching out doesn’t make us weak and can help us immensely in the long term.

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