Bad things come in pairs or flocks. Even if we claim to avoid negativity, subconsciously we have some bad habits. We must be prepared to face the truth of our negativity monster. We must be prepared to admit that we tend to see more negative than positive in certain situations.
When negativity comes like a storm without warning, it affects our attitudes and ability to be happy and fulfilled. So how can we stop negativity in its tracks?
Change our minds. When we change how we feel about any given situation, we don’t change our perspective, we change our entire lives. Instead of holding onto negative feelings, let them go. By giving attention to negativity, we invite more in. Misery loves company. Therefore, negative energies come all at once, gathering around us, like vultures, like hungry birds. It’s our energetic output that’s to blame. We attract what we are or, more specifically, what we think about. So why not be more positive? Easier said than done, right?
I’ve curated a short list of things I do to increase positivity. This is particularly useful for the freelance or artistic life. Remember, these tools must be put to use, consistently. The more you use these tools, the easier the practice will become, the sooner you’ll feel the internal shift, and witness it in the external world. In the face of negativity, we should reconsider negativity’s role. See negativity as a lesson, as a way to put our lives into perspective, a way to be thankful for the positive things we do have. It’s about being savvy enough, in the face of hardships, to find the positive and hone in on it.
Start with gratefulness –
Wake-up by thanking the universe for life. Be thankful for someone or something. Short on ideas? Look around the room and find something to be grateful for. Nothing is too small. And we are all abundant in so many ways.
Send positivity into your food –
It might sound a little woo-woo but studies have shown that we can influence the quality of our food and water through our thoughts and intentions. Put a little prayer into your food and see if it doesn’t taste better, too.
Set intention –
Before your feet hit the floor, set a goal for the day. And really feel good about it. Smile while thinking about this intention. Even use past tense to talk about it as if it has already happened, I had such a productive day and I felt so good about myself when I was doing x-activity.
Notice something new –
On your way to work or at work, search for something new that makes you feel positive. It can be the color of the sky or a new plant in the office, but observe it in gratitude. And see if you can’t do that every day for a week straight.
Breathe through the negative moments –
Under stress our breathing increases. This affects our heart rate, puts a strain on the cardiovascular system. So take a few deep breaths to calm your system. Even step away to engage in breathing techniques and come back with a fresh, clear mind.