How I Try to Stay Positive in a Difficult World

This month it is Mental Health Awareness Month in Australia. I wanted to publish a post relating to mental health every day of the month so that I can personally raise awareness. You can find all posts, posted & upcoming on my schedule. As this title suggests, my mental health is struggling in the world that we live in. Trying to stay positive when the world seems upside down is very difficult for me.

How to stay positive

I have always been a highly sensitive person, I don’t think that has ever questioned. Always questioning the wrongdoings in the world and wondering why nobody had created a newspaper that only shared good news. I never wanted to watch the news because I knew that it would upset me (this is still the case) and I always cry at films, tv shows and some adverts!

Trying to stay positive when the whole world seems increasingly likely to implode is one of the hardest things to do. My advice is to not read or watch things that are going to constantly upset you. I try and limit watching the news to just the headlines, only delving into more detail if I am in the right headspace. I have an understanding of what is going on in the world but if you just hear it in snippets then it won’t overwhelm you as much as negativity overload.

Politics, suffering, pain & injustice is overwhelming, and at the moment we are at a peak within my lifetime of being reported. Hearing it is important because we need to understand what is going on, but hearing too much all at once can affect your mental health and make you cynical of everything. Finding somewhere to hear news without being bombarded with headlines can help.

I find listening to podcasts is really helpful because each episode is around an hour long but they discuss one topic at a time. This gives me time to process my feelings, hear about things I might not have otherwise heard & get multiple perspectives on the same issue. It feels more educating than the news because I feel like they are trying to inform their audience rather than give a shock factor.

How do you try to stay positive when the world stops feeling like a positive place to be?



Post Author: bexcapades

Bookish person trying to get through this crazy thing called life.

4 thoughts on “How I Try to Stay Positive in a Difficult World

    Kate | All The Trinkets

    (October 21, 2018 - 9:33 am)

    I currently live with my parents and because they like to watch the news, I can’t help overhearing a bit of it. Which is why I often stay inside my room during primetime hours, it’s much better for me that way. I get my news by subscribing in NYT and HuffPosts and ocassionally scrolling through the Facebook News Feed. Sometimes I get a bit of glimpse on Twitter but I love how I get to scroll through it if I don’t want to really dive deep into the topic.
    I love podcasts as well! It’s very informative and for someone like me who needs to absorb something completely first before reacting, podcasts are the way to learn about current affairs for me 😊 Awesome post!


      (October 23, 2018 - 7:49 am)

      I had to do that when I lived at home! That or just turn over if I have the remote! I feel the same with facebook and twitter – and if I don’t like it then I can just scroll past it!


    (October 23, 2018 - 12:04 pm)

    It’s been a few years since I’ve stopped watching and reading all news. You ofcourse cannot completely escape it thanks to social media. But as much as possible I stay away from any potentially morbid stories. It just affects me a lot. I too prefer podcast these have actually improved my concentration. Good post. Take care of yourself.


      (October 27, 2018 - 3:18 am)

      I completely agree! Glad to hear from a fellow podcast fan too!

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