No one goes through life without experiencing negatives. Though optimism is a strong character trait in humans, it’s impossible to avoid negatives in some form or another. Even the chirpiest people have moments of doubt. They can feel despondent and dejected. It’s natural.
For many years we’ve promoted wellbeing and confidence. We know that happy models must have self-belief to exceed expectations and taste success in our excellent industry. Most models are content in their work and personal lives, but none are immune to lingering feelings of negativity; sometimes it’s tough to balance the positivity with pessimistic thoughts.
What are the most practical ways for models to banish those blues? How can models turn negatives into positives? Whether modelling is an enjoyable stop-gap or a regular pursuit, models need to have a strong mental attitude to conquer all negativity.
Here are Model Direct’s top tips to banish those negatives:
1. During the last couple of years (post Covid), several charities and confidential group meetings have been established for people searching for someone to talk to. The isolation experienced during lockdowns has undoubtedly contributed to negativity and depression; these charities and meetings simply give people the chance to talk – simple as that.
Talking is an underrated method to banish depression. You might be surprised how good it feels to “get something off your chest”. Talk to the right people: your friends, trusted colleagues and family. It could work wonders.
2. Modelling is a prime example of how talented individuals can earn money whilst being sociable in a professional environment. They meet new people and gain self esteem, and they also learn new techniques and gain valuable knowledge in the way brands market their wares. All in all, it’s a great way to just be yourself.
You shouldn’t be alone. Being in the “social loop” is a positive way to keep your brain active, and to have fun.
3. Everyone should have at least one pastime or hobby. Participating in sports is high on the list, for it teaches the values of fair-play and camaraderie. Any enjoyable hobby – be it reading, playing music or going to the theatre – is valuable for getting in the right mindset for other activities as it serves as a pleasant distraction for life’s obstacles. And if you don’t have a hobby? Simple – start one today!
4. Be happy at work. There have been numerous polls conducted about work satisfaction. However, you don’t need to read surveys to know that being content 40 or so hours a week is vital for good mental health. If you’re experiencing problems at work, talk to managers and colleagues. Often, a problem is as easily fixed as it arises. There’s nothing as ominous as the dreaded “Monday Morning Blues”, and life’s too short to be anxious at work.
5. Eliminate negativity, including social media posts. Ignoring pettiness is easier said than done, although it’s a sure-fire way to crack on with the meaningful things in life.
6. Break the monotonous cycle. If you ever feel like you’re stuck in a tedious circle, change your routine. It could be small tweaks like waking up or going to bed earlier, or ditching public transport and walking instead. Look forward to the weekend? We all do – but how about trying new experiences…it could be a weekend to remember for the rest of the year.