There are moments when it feels like life’s challenges do not want to give us a break. The old adage “when it rains, it pours” unfortunately rings true, possibly throwing in an unexpected hail storm along the way. It is often very easy to let difficult times get the best of us, causing us to channel our stress in non-productive ways. But, rest assured, there are ways that you can improve your attitude even while going through what may seem like the worst of circumstance.
1). Surround yourself with positive influences. There is nothing worse than being around an energy vampire who has absolutely nothing positive to say. If misery loves company, he or she should not find their home with you. Great friendships thrive on loving and supporting relationships, surround yourself with people who value you as a person and those who appreciate sharing in your experiences without jealousy or resentment during your success, and those who stand by you during your personal trials. Strive to be a great friend as well, as relationships are not one-sided but require an effort from both parties. It can definitely be a drain if you are always the giver and never the receiver when it comes to friendship. It is also important to connect with those who not only have goals and aspirations, but those who are actively pursuing their passion. There is nothing better than a network of encouragement and support to get you back on the right track.
2). Understand that your present circumstance does not define you. When going through a difficult time or rough patch, it may be hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel, causing you to be in a perpetual blue funk. It is important to realize that every experience good or bad, offers and opportunity to grow and become more aware of your inner-self and your direction. Do not let your past or present dictate who you will be and what you will accomplish along your personal journey. Do not allow others to let your current situation define your future path, be your own navigator.
3). Get comfortable being you. Before you can truly have meaningful relationships, you have to tap into who you are and what you desire out of any situation. Learn to be comfortable in your own skin, accept your strengths, and weaknesses, and realize that no matter what you are a unique individual and that should be celebrated. Do not compare yourself to others because your plan is specifically designed for you.
4). Eat right, and stay healthy. Your body is a temple and should be cared for as such. The foods that we consume are directly related to our overall well-being. Eating poorly and lack of sleep can lead to numerous health problems, including depression. Take the time to treat your body right, exercise, and get plenty of rest and rejuvenation.
5). Set goals and stick to them. Many times things just do not seem to go our way but know that you are in control of your happiness. If there is a goal that you would like to accomplish, write it down and create a plan of action. Many times we feel discouraged because we do not meet the goals that we want to but it is because we often give up too soon. When it comes to reaching your goals, giving up should never be an option. With a well-organized plan, you will be on your way to successfully reaching your goal. Remember, there is always room to readjust your plan accordingly, nothing in life is ever static. Finding your joy and purpose is a dynamic process. If you want happiness, claim it.
How do you change your negative attitude?
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