The best way to break free of the stress and the negative cycle takes
small steps and intention habit creation.
It’s so easy to fall into seeing the problems, feeling the pain, focusing on the negative. It compounds one on the next. It’s a difficult cycle to break. When we are chest deep in the quick sand of stress it is so hard to grab the rope of positivity and pull yourself out.
Having a positive attitude can have a profound effect on lowering blood pressure, improve your immune system function, help you sleep better, lessen a depressed mood, and reduce cortisol levels (Dunn, 2017).
The best way to break free of the stress and the negative cycle takes small steps and intention habit creation. One way to start is to start a gratitude journal. This can look a lot of different ways. You can grab a notebook or a fancy journal. You can even just use a day planner. You can write out in story-form the things you are grateful for. You can make bullet-points and choose how many items each day you want to be grateful for.
Another way to keep your positivity in front of you is to write a few things down, positive quotes, or single word reminders on a post-it or card that you can keep in places you will notice often.
The whole point is to keep your thankfulness in front of you so you can change your negative thinking habits.
Dunn, L. (2017, May 12). Be thankful: Science says gratitude is good for your health. Today.
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