How do you achieve and maintain a positive outlook?
If you catch yourself with negative thougts counter them with positive self talk. Don't dwell on the negative.
Too often we give ourselves to everyone or everything else. Our families, significant other, jobs ... we need to remember to put the same effort into ourSELVES. (At least I do!)
HAD MY 6 YR OLD GRANDDAUGHTER AND I WORKED OUT. BEFORE SHE CAME I SPENT 2 HOURS IN THE GARDEN PLANTING ALL THE VEG & FRUITS, WATERED AND WEEDED. WHEN SHE CAME WE PICKED STRAWBERRIES 6 QUARTS, CUT ASPARAGUS. MADE DINNER, CLEANED KITCHEN AND BOTH HAD A SHOWER. RELAXED. PLAYED GAMES AND ATE POPCORN.
In a world that bombards us with negativity, added to our own internal messages, it takes practice to switch directions. I stay mindful of every negative thought and balance it immediately with it's opposing positive one. With practice, the positive direction will take-hold.
One of the hardest things I have ever done is staying positive. I would believe anything bad about myself (stupid, fat, ugly etc....) until I met my wife. she was harder on herself than I was on myself. and that would tic me off. We finely talked before we got married and I told her that hearing her
I hate it when people ask me how my "diet" is going because I'm not on a diet. There is so much negative attached to that word. I find that saying I'm on a journey or lifestyle change is much more positive and easier to stick to. Also, you can't cheat on something your not on. ;)
No matter what you weigh choose your favorite body part and play it up. Do you have pretty hands or feet? Get a pedicure or manicure! A beautiful smile? Emphasize it with some fun lip gloss. Nice calves? Wear some fun heels! Feeling beautiful daily will help you stay positive and motivated.
One of the Emotion Eaters (Spark Team) goals is to start your day with a positive talk to yourself. What I do is set my snooze button for 5 minutes, but instead of rolling over an going back to sleep for those 5 minutes, I give myself a pep talk. Starting my day on the right foot is too important.
Many employers' health insurance plans include a flexible "health spending account". Use every penny, every year! Even if you just use it for massages, it's your money and you should use it!
Mistakes will happen. Recognize your mistakes, & figure out how to take corrective measures. Take baby steps to learn from mistakes; forgive yourself; and move forward as slowly or as quickly as you can. Love yourself first, and you will be able to take care of your loved ones for a longer time.