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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at VCU chapter.

Even on the hardest days, there is something to find positivity in. Sometimes you just have to search a little harder. There are many different ways to cope with life’s stickiest situations, but it all just depends on how you decide to handle it. Whether it be a breakup, a bad test grade, or a disagreement with your BFF, I can promise you it is not the end of the world.

For some, taking some time away from those they love is the key to getting through the toughest times. Being alone can help clear any headspace that may be distracting you from doing everyday things. Practicing isolation will give you time to regenerate and really take everything in how it is. Be blunt with yourself. Don’t try to sugarcoat things with the intent to make things easier. Instead, try to accept what has been done and understand where your emotions are coming from

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While taking some time away from society, there are countless things to do in your spare time. Make a playlist for all your favorite songs. According to research done by the University of Missouri, listening to music can activate a release of dopamine, a hormone that creates feelings of happiness and/or pleasure. Personally, I like to listen to music when doing almost anything. Music can easily make things like doing chores, showering, or even working out seem fun. 

Another way to find positivity in yourself or times of adversity is to practice meditation. Mindful meditation can be extremely effective because it forms a habit of solely focusing on the present instead of worrying about things from the past or future. The only thing you really need is yourself! Whether you have two minutes to spare or 30, meditating can be a great way to release tension and stress buildup. 

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If you are a social butterfly and just cannot find it in yourself to be alone for more than a day, spend some time with your loved ones! Don’t be ashamed to tell them how you are feeling; they might even have some great advice to offer. The company of friends or family can do a lot to change your attitude if you accept that they are there to help.

Ask yourself the right questions when the time comes to self-evaluate. You should consider asking yourself things like, “what is something I am grateful for today?” or “what is something good that has come out of this bad situation?” The gist of being positive is just looking at things in a different way. Although some may think there is a barrier between being a pessimist and an optimist, it’s really just a fine line. 

It’s common to be stuck with a bad day here and there. Don’t fret. No matter how gloomy some days may look, remember that the sun is always shining behind the shadows. This is a reminder to never give up and keep striving towards bettering yourself for yourself.

Victoria grew up in Northern Virginia and is a Junior at VCU this year. She is majoring in Mass Communications with a concentration in Digital Journalism and dreams of pursuing a career involved in Fashion Editing. She loves traveling, listening to music 24/7, and learning about new cultures.
Keziah is a writer for Her Campus. She is majoring in Fashion Design with a minor in Fashion Merchandising. HCXO!