Staying Positive

A few weeks ago on our Peer Mentoring call Seth shared some of his tips for staying positive.

Do something you enjoy every day. Make sure you pay attention to this. It’s easy in the press of life to just work, work, work. Schedule in your calendar some enjoyable activities.

It was a great reminder of the benefits of living in that direction, and I’d like to share some of his wisdom, and add a thought or two of my own.

Watch your focus.  It’s easy to get off track – listening to the news, or to focusing on the moments of pain. Pay attention to where your thoughts go – and create the habit of looking for what’s working, what’s positive, what’s happy.

Do something you enjoy every day. Make sure you pay attention to this. It’s easy in the press of life to just work, work, work. Schedule in your calendar some enjoyable activities.

With whom do you spend your time?  Some research suggests that we take the emotional shape of the five people we hang out with the most. Wow. What are they like? How much do they live in a positive direction? Check out your pals and maybe make some changes.

Exercise. Play. Move. Doesn’t matter what you call it – moving the body helps the mind feel better. Walking counts. Playing Frisbee or softball ( Seth’s favorite) or whatever you like counts.

Find reasons to laugh. This can include funny movies or TV shows, funny YouTube  videos – whatever ups the fuuny quotient in your life. There is evidence that children laugh spontaneously many times a day, adults rarely. How sad. Change that statistic!

Staying positive requires work, looking at your habits, and sometimes making some changes. The benefit for this is mental and physical. You feel better. That’s worth it!Let me know your best strategies and we’ll put them up for everyone to share.

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