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Smart Ways to Flip the Switch on Negativity

By Sandy Schroeder

There is usually more than one way to view a situation.  If you tend to react quickly, and become overstimulated,  you may see a lot of negatives.

Here are some good ways to stay positive.

Rethink fear – If you see things quicker than most people do, you may be accused of being fearful. But if you really look closer, you may actually see things others miss. Whatever you spot, consider it and accept the view. As you think about it more, you will find ways to deal with it. Over-spending is an example. You may be able to look at the numbers and quickly project financial problems. In response, sit down and outline what is needed to correct the problem. Then do it.

Trade chaos for calmness – If you generate a lot of activity wherever you go, you may become agitated, and lose your effectiveness. Whenever things seem to be moving too fast, take a break. Use your favorite escapes. Take a short walk. Move outside to a favorite park. Pause for a short meditation. Or read a good book.  Create a little mental relief for yourself. When you jump back in the game you will be focused and ready to play.

Try to see both sides – Step back and look closer if you often find yourself on the opposing side. As you deal with your neighbors, friends, co-workers and family, make the effort to see their views. At first glance you may think they are deliberately being stubborn. But if you look closer, they may feel the same way about you. Finding a meeting ground really requires each of us to be open and receptive. Learning to really listen, and trying to put yourself in someone else’s shoes, can change everything.

Add some laughter – When one day after another seems a little more trying, it may be time for a hearty laugh. It’s amazing what laughter can do to ease the tension, and promote harmony. A friend of mine mastered this art. He could walk into any meeting and automatically lighten the mood. Sometimes he just used a funny expression. Other times he offered a funny observation. We came to count on him as we tackled many big projects. He helped us stay on track to move through them.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

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