Avoid Stress by Keeping a Positive Attitude


Positive Attitude

Beat stress with these simple steps!

The Power of Positive Thinking

In today’s world, it seems there are only two speeds—fast and faster. Much of the time we are rushing around doing three or four things at once. Our minds are going in several directions.
Is it any wonder that we get stressed out and on edge?

When in this state, it is easy to feel overwhelmed, depressed and negative about much of our life. We may begin to complain about the wrongs of the world, work loads, coworkers, situations, etc. Stop! Perception controls our reality. There’s a lot to be said about how you look at things.

In Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff at Work by Richard Carlson, he says, “Light a candle instead of cursing the darkness.” I like to think of this good advice as looking on the bright side of any situation. If there are things less than ideal in your life, look for ways to make them more pleasant. Find humor in daily annoyances.

The following day’s experience might be viewed in two perspectives. The second example is from someone who lit a candle.

#1 I had a terrible day! I got stuck in traffic that made me late for work. I had meetings back to back and we were always running behind. Everyone was complaining and arguing over solutions. What a waste!

#2 My day was interesting. Traffic made me late for work but at least I got the main point of the first meeting. Later meetings were on a tight schedule but listening to everyone’s opinions gave me good insight to the problems I need to address.

Positive thinking is a choice. Look for the good things in your day instead of the negatives. You’ll begin to notice “gifts” that you previously took for granted. Your viewpoint toward certain situations will change. Solutions will begin to dominate your mind instead of problems. Ways to enhance your experiences will become evident. The frazzled mentality will disappear and you will become less stressed.

A positive attitude can’t change a negative situation into a positive one, but it can help you enjoy the ride a lot more. If you maintain a positive attitude, you will be rewarded in all aspects of life.

This article was written by Ellen Serfustini, County Director/Extension Associate Professor, Carbon County

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