A student’s guide to optimism

It isn’t easy to be a student. I think most students would agree on that. One of the hard things is to stay positive in times where nothing seems to go right. And I think all students have those periods.

I have found that the best way for me to avoid mental breakdowns every third week is to constantly think optimistic. It’s so easy to get caught up in all the negative talk there is about assignments, projects and all that. But most of the time it’s better for your mental health to look at the bright sides. And that’s what optimism is about.

This is my guide to staying optimistic as a student.

I love quotes. They can teach you so much in a few words and they make you rethink your life somehow. That’s what you need to do if you want to be more optimistic – constantly rethink your life. Does it really give my life value to rant about a teacher I don’t like? Does it truly make me happy to talk crap about my group project members?
Find quotes that inspire you to be the best version of yourself and surround yourself with them. Hang them on the walls, use them as backgrounds on your phone or computer, put them in your journal.

The bright side
There is always a bright side to a problem. It can be really hard to find but I promise it’s there if you search long enough. A huge part of being optimistic is to always search for and focus on the bright side. This will help you so much if you struggle with “hating life” in hard periods. For example, I always think that I was meant to learn a lesson when life is hard. So I tell myself “This is a challenge and I will accept it and learn from it. Challenges make me stronger and get me closer to the version of myself I want to become.” I know it sounds kind of cliché but it helps me.

The bright side leads to the word ‘challenges’. Challenges are so important! I can’t tell you how important they are. Challenges make you grow as a person and they teach you things about yourself you didn’t know before. So whenever life gives you a challenge – accept it! Even if it doesn’t turn out as a success you learned something important that you’ll be able to use later in your life. And if it’s a success you’ve still learned a lot.
If you change your perspective and start to look at challenges like gifts to make you mature, you’ll automatically find it easier to be optimistic.

Those were my top three resources to incorporate optimism into your life. If you liked this post, please leave a comment telling me. I have more tips to optimism if you want a part two.

Thank you for stopping by!

Stay happy, stay beautiful

– Ellie xoxo


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