I see the glass half full. Though
I am an optimist, there have been many times in my life where I struggled with
maintaining a positive attitude.
Specifically, times of transition and adversity have really challenged
me to keep a good attitude. Whether I was starting a new school year or
starting a new role, learning how to perform and function in a new
environment can be difficult and daunting at
times. In times in my life, being stressed and worried also weighed down on me.
One way I’ve managed to overcome transitions and
adversity is to maintain a positive attitude.
Here are 8 Ways I’ve
Learned to Maintain a Positive Attitude:
End my day with 3 positive things
that happened to me
I’ll usually share this with my boyfriend
or my sister. I love this practice because it deliberately brings me to think
about the positive instances that happened during the day. A few
examples of some of the positive things that happened to me in the past: I got
a promotion at work, I found great parking on the street, I ate ice cream, and
Boone learned a new trick!
I could not function if I wasn’t able to
exercise 5 times a week (I take weekends off). Exercising allows me to manage
and release my stress. Whether I’m running or lifting weights at the gym, I
know my endorphins are released when I exercise. I always feel better after a
always on the move, but I know if I don’t carve out time to relax, I’ll end up
over working myself and getting sick. I’ve learned it’s hard to maintain a
positive attitude if you’re fatigued. So I make it a point to relax
during the week. Some of my favorite ways to relax are: walking our puppy
Boone, reading, listening to podcasts, and shopping!
One way I’ve learned how to maintain a
positive attitude is to make sure my morning start out well! If I start my day
well, I find I’m happier throughout the day. Here are three things I prep to
have a smooth morning:
I make sure I pack my lunch the night before so I’m not frantically packing it the
morning before work.
I also pick out my outfit the night before so I don’t have to stress about it in
make-up is set up on my desk in an easy way for me to grab everything. My
essentials are: moisturizer, mascara, brows, foundation, and bronzer for my
Pay Attention to Language &
Your attitude can be reflection of what you’re
experiencing internally. Your attitude can also help determine what you decide
to pursue and avoid in life. It’s important to pay attention to the thoughts
that fill your head and the words you choose because these thoughts and words can become your actions. I’d advise to be
mindful of when you say “I can’t” in life instead of “I Can”.
Create Goals to Work Towards
One way I keep a positive attitude is working
towards new goals. Even if I’m in a challenging circumstance, if I know my
experience is needed to get to the next step in my career or life, I’ll do a better
job staying positive. I’ve learned that times of adversity are temporary
because nothing in this life lasts forever.
So when I’m struggling either at my job or
my confidence in blogging, I remind myself what I’m working towards. I
remind myself that this is just one challenging step I need to take to get
closer to achieving my goals.
Look for Inspiration
Sometimes if I’m feeling down, I look for
ways to be reenergized and inspired in life. It’s easy to sulk in our worries
or lay down in regrets. Instead of succumbing to those negative emotions, I try to look for inspiration to find a way
to keep going. I recently just shared 10 Places I turn to for Inspiration.
Hopefully some of these suggestions help you too!
Own Your Life
I have to remind myself that I own
my destiny, my accomplishments and my failures. In my personal
perspective, things can happen to me but I decide how I let them affect me.
Empower yourself by reminding yourself that you own and determine your life.
Photos: Miriam Subbiah
There are many things in life we cannot control. However,
the one thing that is always in our control is our attitude. Life will always
happen, but how you choose to respond to the people and circumstances in your
life is up to you. I hope these 8 tips to maintain a positive attitude were
helpful to you!
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