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It’s hard to believe February is already here! We hope you all had a wonderful start to the year and enjoyed our articles on Goals vs. Resolutions. If you set any goals for yourself (or opted not to), we’d love to hear about it! Feel free to post the comments below!
With February comes to a few things – the excitement of Christmas is completely gone, the weather is cold and the snow is no longer novel, and Valentine’s day lurks around every corner. In addition, often the “hope” or excitement of the new year has faded and been replaced with a sense of mundane routine – recalling all your dreams for 2014, and quite possibly realizing rather than be extraordinary from the get-go, the new year has turned out to be, well…ordinary.
All of these things can lead to feelings of being let down or even depression.
This is why we are using February as a somewhat of a kick-off or a “booster” if you will – to take the hopes and enthusiasm from January 1st and boost it up and carry it forward for the remaining months of the year. How do we plan to do this you ask? By focusing on Staying Positive.
One of the most important, yet most difficult things about recovery for me was maintaining a positive outlook.
Naturally, I am a very negative person, and I tend to give in to hopelessness all too quickly. In recovery, it was difficult for me to maintain that positive, “just keep swimming” attitude – but thanks to the encouragement and cheering-on of others around me, I managed to hold on to hope and to maintain a positive outlook – even amidst some of my darkest moments. This, I believe, is what helps us get through, because if we don’t have positivity, how will we ever catch a glimpse of the light at the end of the tunnel?
So often I see how quickly negativity can spiral out of control, often taking others down with it.
And we here at Libero don’t want that to happen within our community. We know it’s easier than slapping on a smile and saying “it will be ok” (though sometimes “fake it ’til you make it” really does work) – so this month we are not only going to encourage you to stay positive, but we are also going to show you how by sharing some tips and tricks we’ve learned along the way.
I hope you all have a month filled with positivity and optimism.
I know for me one of my goals for 2014 is to be more positive; so if there are any other more negative-thinkers out there, hopefully, this month will help us all work towards that goal!
Lauren is the Founder and Editor of Libero. She started Libero in April 2010, when she shared her story about her struggles with an eating disorder and depression. Now Lauren uses her writing and videos to advocate mental health and body positivity. In her spare time, she enjoys makeup artistry, playing Nintendo, and taking selfies with her furbaby, Zoey.
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