It’s a cold dreary day here in the Northwest. I am definitely thankful I work inside. Days like today are tough to be working all day outside; I commend those that can. Just like the grey sky; my mood has been a bit grey the past few days. Some of my mood is due to life stresses that we all experience from time to time. But some of it is that I am just cranky. Sometimes we are all that way; when we wished we had just stayed in bed and not had to do anything. But like many of you, I have a family and a job so I have to pull myself out of bed and get on with it. This week has been a challenge in wanting to do that.
In recognizing that I need to change my attitude I thought I would share with you what I have been doing this week to work on that.
Here are a few tips I try:
- I tend to chat by text with my partner. He is a great listener and just lets me be. If I am spun up over something kind of silly and inconsequential, he just reads it and says he is there for me. This kind of support is often enough to make me feel heard and calmer.
- I take a walk. Sometimes this can be hard to do during a busy day but I think it is vital especially when trying to not vent all your frustrations to your coworkers. Just take 10 min and walk around the building. Go get some water. Sometimes the quick walk just clears my head enough for me to feel I can go back to my desk more focused.
- Listen to music. Or a podcast. Or an audio book. Sometimes when I am having a not so good day, I will just put on my headset, find some music I like and allow the music to soothe me some. Or I will listen to podcasts from different blogs I follow. Having to concentrate a bit on what they are speaking about can be enough to change my thoughts. Gives me something else to focus on.
These are things I’ve been trying this week as my attitude has been a bit gloomy and grumpy like our weather. Changing your thoughts is work. Staying positive sometimes requires some extra effort. But it’s always worth it. No one really wants to be around someone who is crabbing at them, especially when our bad mood isn’t anyone else’s fault. We are responsible for our own thoughts and actions.
It is not always easy to pull yourself out of a bad mood. What do you try?
I’ve been thinking the past few days about the reoccurring themes in life. There have been many times when my ideas, types of people I attracted and activities I participated in were within the same general theme. Meaning I wasn’t healthy so my actions weren’t. The people I chose to spend time with weren’t. How I thought about myself and life wasn’t very positive.
But as I’ve talked about, the past few years I’ve been committed to personal growth. To changing how I think and live. The books I read are all about this. The people I spend time with are positive and healthy. My reoccurring patterns are now about growth and mindset.
When you desire to become your best self and live your best life, you have to work on your thinking first and foremost. This thought isn’t new but it can be very tough to do.
These quotes are reminders of that theme.
What are the reoccurring themes in your life? Are they positive? Do you focus on the good in life or the bad? You can always find both.
Being committed to change and growth all starts in your mind. I encourage you to do the mind work. Find books. Podcasts. Blogs. Anything that will feed your mind in a positive way. That will help you change your patterns of thinking so you can change your patterns of living.
I’m off to read my latest book about mindset. I hope you have a fabulous Sunday.
I’ve been on vacation this past week. Celebrating my son and my birthday’s. Just relaxing and taking time to be creative and recharge.
These words below I wanted to re-share today as I’m about to head back to work and the usual grind. I find for me my long work days can hinder my creativity. Can leave me too exhausted to do much of anything at the end of the day.
But I’ve big dreams and goals of creating a life of time freedom. Living where I desire, traveling when we want. To create this kind of life, I will have to make changes in this current stage to prepare for the next one.
These just stand out to me today. Enjoy. I hope you are living your best life or at least heading towards it.
I’m in over-drive today. Lack of sleep. Lots of mind whirling today as we have new opportunities to decide about. Thoughts a bit overwhelmed by all the ideas floating about.
And as I’m working through the pros and cons of new possibilities, I’m reminded of these thoughts/quotes. I’m reflecting on these as I desire to live my best life.
I am pretty content each day. I am living so many parts of my definition of a great life. And I am committed to being the best me I can be. Sometimes that means I have to tackle fear of the unknown. Fear of making a bad decision. Fear of failing.
And because I’ve seen the rewards that come from pushing past fear. Overcoming failure, I am reflecting on what decisions I need to make to continue on this path.
May you relate to these quotes if tackling important decisions. Facing new ideas or possibilities. Don’t let fear hold you back.
Once in awhile I get stuck on just needing to escape for a few days. No responsibility. No requests on my time or energy. No alarm clock. With the weather change and the sun out more I’m dreaming of hoping a plane and relaxing somewhere new.
This quote seemed appropriate for today’s thoughts.
This is one of my favorite things to repeat when doing daily affirmations. My life in the past year has proven this again and again. When you focus on growing, learning and moving forward, you can’t lose. Even with setbacks or hardships, better IS coming!
This thought is on my mind this morning:
Not exactly sure why as I’m pretty positive most of the time. But think I’m needing to remind myself of this this morning. Sometimes we get down a negative thinking pattern and we have to stop and redirect. Not feeling that great is often a trigger for me to start on that path. But today I’m going to focus on this, even when not feeling 100% I get to choose my thoughts. I hope whatever your trigger for negative thoughts is, you can identify and choose a different course. For me today, I’m going to keep this quote in mind.
Have a great Sunday!