Monday, November 2, 2009

Find Your Switch

Why is it so hard to turn things positive when your day starts out negative? We start out the day with some sort of negative event and then we begin to spiral out of control into a toilet bowl of negativity. If you think about it logically, it makes no sense. Why would we want to be in a bad mood for another minute, let alone, for the rest of the day? Yet no matter how much sense it makes, we continue to get worse as the day progresses. Here are a few things that can put the brakes on.

1. Immediately find 3 things you should be grateful for and say them to yourself, even though you may not want to, at the time.
2. Stop telling yourself the negative story. Stop calling others to tell them your negative story. This only prolongs it and is a weak attempt to justify your misery.
3. Ask yourself if you could stay in this state for the rest of your life or will you eventually want to be happy again. If the answer is yes, then choose to get over it and be happy now.
4. Compare your event to the larger scale of negative things that could happen in your life. If your upset about being late to work, imagine not having a car and or a job.
5. Lastly, change the mood. Find a good song on the radio, call someone who always makes you laugh or close your eyes and thing of the happiest moment of your life.

It’s not easy to find, but we all have a switch that will work for us, find yours.


Anonymous said...

I like squeezing someone really hard. It destresses and makes me feel better!

Mary L. said...

This was a perfect Daily Dumbbell as I enter my least favorite day of the week... TUESDAY!!! uggg

TD said...

this tends to happen when something or someone other than my alarm clock wakes me up lol

Alex said...

Me too