Did you know that you can reduce stress, improve your mood, and even advance your career just by thinking positively? It’s true, yet it’s also easier said than done. What are some practical ways you can avoid negative self-talk and think more positively at work and home. Here are some tips to help you:
Even if you’re faking a smile, this can actually wind up boosting your mood. In fact, one report from the University of Kansas City found that smiling – including fake smiling – can also reduce your heart rate and blood pressure during stressful situations. So watch a funny movie, read a humorous article, or buy a joke book. These can all make you smile and improve your physical and mental health in the process.
Find the silver lining.
This can be difficult to do, especially during the height of a difficult moment. However, when you practice reframing and find the good in bad situations, it can help shift your perspective from negative to positive. With practice, it can even become your normal state of mind, so you look on the bright side of a situation rather than automatically thinking of the worst-case scenario.
Build a healthy network.
When you have people who care about you – and you care about them – it goes a long way in making your life happier. So work toward building healthy relationships with those around you at work and in your personal life. Maintaining healthy relationships with friends and family can also help you stay positive during life’s many ups and downs.
Learn from it.
So you didn’t get the promotion or win the new client. What are you going to learn from the situation? Rather than viewing it as a failure, think of it as an opportunity to learn. Take responsibility for it and look at what you could have done differently or better next time; how you react matters and can help you learn from mistakes that set you up for success.
Find someone to admire.
Whether it’s professionally or personally, having someone to look up to can help you make major strides in your career and your life. It can be a famous person or your neighbor. Whomever it is, find out if they have a motto or a personal philosophy they live by. This can help you navigate your way through the challenges at work and in life.
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