It can be difficult to stay positive when challenging situations present themselves, but a positive outlook is often key to overcoming adversity.

It’s not uncommon to feel frustrated or helpless while caring for a loved one who is suffering, however positive energy is often a much more effective strategy when it comes to playing a supportive role.

Positive thinking can also greatly benefit your emotional health, it has a way of energising you and helping you through the day. Here are some tips to help reframe some of that negativity and get you back on track.


Talking to friends or family members you trust, it can help to relieve the stress of your situation. Not only can it be a cathartic experience, the person you’re talking to might offer a fresh, inspiring point of view.  Here's some useful resources that might help.

And let’s not underestimate the power of the internet, an anonymous gold mine for seeking out people going through similar experiences to you. There’s nothing like talking to someone who’s dealing with the exact same situation to make you feel less alone and overwhelmed. 

Positive thinking thrives on positive experience

Acceptance plays a pivotal role in positive thinking. Fighting or denying a challenging situation can often make matters worse, so relax your mind and observe what’s in front of you exactly the way it is. Creativity can often spring from a relaxed state of mind, and staying calm can provide the headspace for a solution. From acceptance and relaxation comes clarity.  So breathe… And accept the situation.


Doing things that bring you laughter and joy can be a great way to refresh and rejuvenate. Positive thinking thrives on positive experience, whether it’s going for a swim, watching a band you love or collecting light globes, make sure you put aside time for activities that give you pleasure.

It’s important to take a break as it helps to relieve the feelings of stress and exhaustion that many people deal with every day.


Keep an ear out to the kind of thoughts that are running through your head. Are they mostly positive or negative? It’s easy to slip into a negative thought pattern during times of adversity, but it can be helpful to challenge those thoughts by asking yourself questions like ‘Is there another way I could look at this situation?’ or ‘Is this way of thinking helping to solve the problem?’ It takes practice, but mastering this technique is well worth the effort.

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