How to be Positive When the Going Gets Rough
Life is full of ups and downs, but what matters is that we always bring ourselves back up. In case today is one of those days, here are some words from the wise to stay positive and motivated.
"Since the brain is naturally wired to be more negative than positive, staying positive is easier if you actively practice positivity." – Cynthia Ackrill, speaker, leadership coach, stress expert, igniting human performance with science
"Surround yourself, as much as possible, with positive, supportive, loving, like-minded people – your tribe, if you will. It's important to understand that we absorb the energy from others, so if you constantly surround yourself with negativity and complainers, well, you'll start to become like that! And don't use the excuse 'I don't have any of those people in my life' – seek them out!" – Irene Ross, author of the e-book, "Sugar's Sour Story," and of the forthcoming book, "25 Ways to Fire Up Your Day: Increase Energy, Get More Done in Less Time, Balance Your Life"
"It's estimated that we have about 60,000 thoughts a day and that 50,000 are negative. We can't stop thinking things, but we can replace them by using affirmations. So instead of saying, 'I'm not getting sick.' Say, 'I am healthy and well.' You can use affirmations for just about anything. Studies show positive talk and affirmations can actually change our physiology for everything from wound healing and lowering blood pressure to boosting our immune system." – Kathy Gruver, Ph.D., award-winning author, TV host and speaker
"When the going gets rough, the last thing you want to do is overwhelm yourself with guilt when it comes to how much time you spend working out. Keep in mind that it is better to exercise in small chunks than not exercising at all. As I always say, a little bit of something is better than a whole lot of nothing!" – Jo Ann Taylor, owner of Walking Connection and iCONQUER.co, lifestyle blogger and adventure travel expert
“One of the greatest lessons I have learned, and that I continuously preach to my clients, is to surround ourselves with positive people who will lift us higher, instead of those that pull us down. These positive influencers in our life will be a stand for us at our most challenging times and help us stay accountable to what's most important to us - our goals and commitments. Always remember, you become the reflection of the people you spend time with the most, so choose this circle of influence wisely!” – Lindsay Lombardi, fitness/nutritional Coach, NASM-CPT, FNS, karmafit.net
"When life gets really hard, do three things. 1. Feel grateful for what IS going well in your life. 2. Figure out what you DO want. 3. Take one action step each day toward creating the future you really want." – Laura Erdman-Luntz, life coach
"Have a rock star support system. I have two best friends who I am in contact with daily via email. Though geography and busy schedules may separate us physically, our virtual communication on things both big and small is what keeps me positive." – Kristen Hallett Rzasa, entrepreneur, fitness enthusiast, radio show host and blogger
"Go for a walk to blow off steam. Not only does walking have countless health benefits, but it also lifts your mood and enhances mental well-being. It's important to make time for yourself; your body and your mind deserve a break." – Stephanie Deisner, wife, proud mom, community specialist and contributing blogger for Extend Nutrition