We've all been there, faced with what feels like an impossible task. What follows are feelings of stress, irritability and perhaps even despair. Whether you've been asked to do something at work that you a) don't like doing or b) don't really know how to do, or whether you are facing a challenging time in your personal life, here are a few ways to stay positive...
An important thing to remember through all of this is that your mind is very powerful
. Maybe not 'blow things up with your mind powerful', but it is definitely a tool you want to utilize to its full, positive, potential.
1) Practice gratitude
Yes, you might be faced with a challenge and you might be feeling extremely overwhelmed. But expressing gratitude for the good things at work, or in your personal life, can help balance out the negative. Instead of dreading the challenge you are facing, choose to focus on the positive. Be grateful for what you have achieved, the people you have in your life and perhaps the glass of wine you will be having at the end of the day.
2) Positive Affirmations
The more you repeat positive thoughts or mantras, the more your brain starts to believe it. I'm sure you've heard this many times before, but have you actually put it into practice? Whether decide to put a sticky-note on your bathroom mirror or reminder on your phone - do what works for you - as long as you remind yourself how great you are!
3) Don't be afraid to ask for help
So often our stress can be instantly minimised by just actually speaking up and asking for help, whether you need help with the workload or just need a bit more time to complete the task...
This applies to your personal life as well, you have a support system in your life, be it friends or family, make use of it! Laughter is after all the best medicine and an instant mood booster...
4) Choose your thoughts carefully
Did you know that if you have negative thoughts you can actually just choose to think something more positive? It's not easy, I know, it takes practice and discipline in the beginning. But be mindful about it, and soon it will be second nature.
Example: Instead of "I hate this, why can't someone else do it" choose to think: "I can do this, this is an opportunity to learn."
studies and statistics prove that those with a more positive mindset deliver better results
. Life is challenging for most people at some time or other, for shorter periods or longer, but it is exactly those times that we tend to learn the most...
Be aware of these growth times
as after all, overcoming the challenges we face simply gives us another reason to celebrate, doesn't it?
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