Being Positive Despite Hardship

Today is a short one–what I’m looking for are your suggestions on how you stay positive!

One of the most important things to do for our health is to stay positive! We’ve all heard it, we may have even experienced it–you know, how yucky you feel when you’re in a funk, and then how calm and nice you feel when everything is going well?

I’m here to suggest that no matter how tough things are, it’s always worth it to work to keep a positive outlook. Sometimes that’s easier said than done…but it’s a process, and it’s okay if you don’t always succeed. I believe in this philosophy with all of my heart, and I still don’t always succeed. But here’s the thing: Sometimes, not so fun things happen in life. You can be happy and positive through those things, or you can be cranky–and personally, no matter what is going on in my life, I feel better when I’m looking on the bright side.

As you may have read last week, Hubs has a seizure disorder. There have been times when he was having multiple seizures, every week. He would feel just…awful. Just awful. Watching him feel so bad is really, really tough. And there were days that I thought it would never end, days when I would let it get me down. But I tried so HARD to let it be peace washing through me, instead of stress or fear. Because I believe, truly believe, that everything will be fine in the end, I was able to keep it together. And, you know, things got better.

Now, that all sounds good, but the real question is: How?

A good friend once said, “Just don’t think about it.” I typically don’t like the avoidance reaction, but I think there are cases where it’s helpful. And, once I started implementing it, it helped me get over some tough stuff.

For example, say you have a debt that you are dealing with. Obviously, you must take proper action to handle the situation–but when you are not dealing directly with that debt (such as when you are hanging out with your kids), don’t let your mind wander to it. Stay focused on the positive; stay focused on the NOW.

Actionable Tips

  • I’m not the first person to say it, and I won’t be the last: Be in the NOW. Don’t think about things that are negative, or that you have no control over.
  • When thoughts come to you that are negative, take two steps. First, face the worst-case scenario. What could possibly happen? Okay–now you know. The second step is to picture the best scenario, and to work to make that the scenario you are expecting with all of your heart.
  • Go pet your dog. Hug your babies. Studies show that both of these activities increase your feel-good hormones, which you needs lots of if you’re going through a stressful period.
  • Meditate. Clear your mind. Let that peace come.

What do you do when you’re struggling with stress and negativity? Let me know in the comments!

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