Start your day in a positive way

Starting your day in a positive way will prevent people from saying that negative phrase:

"Oh...Somebody got out on the wrong side of bed this morning!"

There are three simple steps to starting your day positively:
1. Don't rush - take your time to get out of bed, have a shower and get dressed for the day. Rushing around will increase stress, so whether you are going to a lecture, seminar, or to work, make sure that you take your time. (Even if this means setting the alarm five minutes earlier.)
2. Have a healthy breakfast - it's the most important meal of the day! Eat something that you enjoy, to give you the energy to power you through whatever the morning might throw at you!
3. Plan your day - this doesn't mean planning every minute, but just clarify your intentions for the day, such as what do you want to achieve today? This can be done with a to-do list, notes in your phone, or simply in the mind. Identifying this will help you to work out the most logical way to progress through your day.
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Always try to find the optimistic viewpoint, even in a negative situation

Inevitably, people around you will always have something negative to say. However, it is important to not allow this to alter your own emotions. Finding the optimistic viewpoint is not an easy task, but once mastered can really help your positive mentality. There are a few steps you can take to master this:
1. Awareness - noticing the negativity around you can help you to figure out how to handle the situation.
2. Contribution - ask yourself whether or not you could be contributing to the negative atmosphere around you. If you are inputting into conversations in a way that could be negative, stop!
3. Speak up - tell the negative people how you feel by saying, "Do you realise you are complaining?" in a gentle way. Drawing their attention to the negativity can help to shift the conversation. If you say nothing, your silence conveys permission to continue.
4. Praise and acknowledge - praising other people's success creates a positive atmosphere around yourself and will present you as a natural leader to strive for positive change in the people around you.

Try not to let fear hold you back

Nothing holds people back from achieving their full potential and becoming the best version of themselves more than fear. Fear can prevents organisations from achieving monumental things and is the root cause as to why so many end up with all of their talents, hopes and wishes still unexpressed.

This could be fear of failure, of being beaten by a competitor, or the unknown. Whatever it is, you can overcome it... Here's how:

  • Take action and push forward - once you know what it is, you can tell yourself that it is in the mine. Accept the fear and push on.
  • Don't try to figure out every detail - it's great to prepare and have a plan, but focus on overcoming the fear before you make any drastic decisions.
  • Failure is good - when you start to view failure as an opportunity to help with your development, your life will never be the same again.

Exercise regularly and sleep well

When you exercise, you release hormones which make you feel good about what you have just done and perhaps about the progression towards goals. Physical activity can also help to control addictions, which may seem irrelevant at this point, but can really help when it comes to workaholics. Going to the gym or for a run can be an excellent way to channel mental energy away from academic or professional work.
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Sleeping well is more important. Sleeping too little can cause a variety of problems:

  • feel tired all the time
  • find it difficult to concentrate
  • find it hard to make decisions
  • start to feel depressed
  • start to worry about not being able to sleep

Here are some do's and don'ts to make sure you get the sleep you need...


  • Make sure that your bed and bedroom are comfortable - not too hot, not too cold, not too noisy.
  • Take some time to relax properly before going to bed. Some people find aromatherapy helpful.
  • If you can't sleep, get up and do something relaxing. Read, watch television or listen to quiet music. After a while, you should feel tired enough to go to bed again.
  • If something is troubling you and there is nothing you can do about it right away, try writing it down before going to bed and then tell yourself to deal with it tomorrow.


  • Don't go without sleep for a long time. Go to bed when you feel tired and stick to a routine of getting up at the same time every day.
  • Don't eat or drink a lot late at night. Try to eat early in the evening rather than later.
  • If you've had a bad night, don't sleep in the next day - it will make it harder to sleep the following night.

Learn how to take criticism

Criticism can be something that we all fear, because not only can it damage our confidence, but it can harm the ego and self-esteem too. There are some steps you can take to help take criticism in a healthy way:

  • Step 1: Don’t reply right away. When you are angry or upset you need to calm down before you reply. Take some time to process the message before you respond.
  • Step 2: Really listen to the criticism. Remain open and level-headed and ask yourself: Is there anything I can learn from this criticism?
  • Step 3: Remember that the criticism isn’t always about you. Some criticism is helpful.
  • Step 4: Reply or let go. Whether you believe the criticism to be reasonable or a little harsh, make sure you give a level-headed response. Asking for further feedback on the topic can also be helpful for your own development and understanding.

Keeping positive is a crucial part of success skills such as successful networking and is required in the modern workplace. For more blogs, visit our website.