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How to Stay Positive When the Chips are Down

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Wouldn’t it be absolutely great if all of our days were filled with happiness, if work went smoothly, clients didn’t come and go, budgets were approved…well, you get the picture.

Wish and hope as we may for perpetual good times such is not reality, for along with the good days come the bad, those days when you want to throw in the towel, head for the hills or a movie, bar or clothing store. We’ve all been there. And while we certainly don’t want to feel like we are always expecting the shoe to drop we can, in fact, train ourselves to be more resilient and better equipped to deal with negative situations when they come our way.

Here are a few reminders that I know help me:(You may have heard some of them before but they work)

  • Surround yourself with positive people who won’t feed your fears and encourage negativity but rather, are action oriented and challenge negative thoughts by substituting positive ones.
  • Be grateful for what you have and make it a point each day to step back from the frenetic pace at which we all live and simply acknowledge all that is good in your life.
  • Address the “real” problem and see if there is something that you can do to make it better. Often negative situations cause a state of paralysis and fear can breed inactivity.
  • There is nothing more disheartening than feeling as if you have no options so make it a point to have fallback positions for many facets of your professional and personal life. We can’t always get Plan A to work out but Plan B can usually be a pretty acceptable substitute.
  • Take care of yourself by eating well and taking the time to exercise. When things are going awry you must make it a priority to maintain your health and wellbeing,
  • Treat yourself to something that you want, an indulgence if you will or even something as simple as taking an extra hour to sleep in or a longer lunch break and a walk in the park. The old cliché “when the going gets tough the tough go shopping” can work wonders when the chips are down.

And remember, most negative situations are temporary, and with time, the circumstances will change and yes, for the better. Keep things in perspective and if you are having difficulty seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, consult the appropriate professionals to help you through the challenging times.

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