I’m not saying I’m the world’s most negative person, in fact I’d say on the whole I’m pretty upbeat. I do believe in the power of positive thinking but it also frustrates me when it’s offered as a solution to a bad situation as sometimes it can be seen as quite dismissive.
Anyway, I was stood in the post office queue for quite some time the other day and the women in front of me seemed to be really sweating the small stuff. I’ll admit it I was eavesdropping but it’s a pretty confined space and they’d really got the volume turned up as they had a good old whinge about anyone and everything. Getting stuff off your chest can be a godsend, a problem shared is a problem halved and all that but they seemed to be missing the joy in EVERYTHING.
I find negativity toxic and really do believe one bad apple can upset the cart. After the post office joy-sapping incident, I did find they had really lowered my mood. I recently saw this pin on Pinterest that struck a chord hence the topic of this post.
So the general gist of the pin was actions to adjust your attitude in seven days. Admittedly the gals in the post office perhaps need this more than me but I thought it might be worth a try, especially if you find yourself getting in a bit of a head funk.
Make a list of five things you should be thankful for.
Pretty straightforward. We can all do this can’t we?
Go a full day without a single complaint.
I’m sure the team and my husband can’t wait for this. I think it might be a bit of an eye-opener as to how much I do complain without realising.
Tell someone you care.
Insert smiley emoji here. What a lovely way to start the day.
Spend 30 minutes doing something that makes you happy.
Half an hour?! Looking forward to that one. Can’t decide if I’ll carve out some time to just chill out or maybe go for a quick beauty treatment.
Get active and get those endorphins pumping.
I do this most days anyway but okay then. Maybe I’ll head up to our local pool for a change.
Give yourself a mirror pep-talk.
Hmm not sure about this one? Do folks do this? Maybe just a general ‘give yourself a good talking to’ might be sufficient.
Be smiley and chatty to everyone you meet to lift your mood and theirs. I reckon my face will ache from doing this and don’t send me to the post office, but I whole heartedly agree this can lift your mood.
Thinks To Be Grateful For
So starting with Day one, here are my things to be grateful for. One and two are a double whammy of a combo.
I’ll report back at the end of the week on how realistic these points were and if they did anything to lift my mood. I also want to recognise that it’s absolutely okay not to be okay too. Like I said above I find people who tell you to think positively when you’re having a tough time dismissive especially when my mental health is suffering.
But if anyone needs a light-hearted injection of positivity, feel free to share five things you’re grateful for at the moment.