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I work with special needs children. We are trained to give 10:1. (10 praises for every criticism.) Looking for the silver lining in every child or situation is becoming a habit. But when I feel stressed, I take a break by myself. I sit under a lovely tree and read. Read, breathe, smile.
I see the positive side of all circumstances and situations. Being positive won't prevent problems from occurring but will lessen their effect on us. Always believe in yourself and trust that things WILL work out for the better.
Remember, to lay things to rest at night--not just yourself, physically; but lay to rest those things of stress, strain, and temporary failure. In the morning, just as your body is refreshed; so should your life. Start anew, and plan a new day--a new life.
Talking to myself as a winner helps me banish the negative voice and keeps me pumped. I call it ChampionSpeak because I know that those Olympic athletes probably talk to themselves the same way and I want to get a gold medal too.
I have 135 pounds to lose. Sometimes I wonder if I will make it. When I start to have doubts I love to read the stories of others who have lost as much or more than I have to lose. If they can do it I reason so can I.
I am going to have good and bad days. I do not flog myself over every little misstep, but I also know that giving up is not an option and accountability is key. I note where I fail (and my responsibility in that failure) and make a measurable plan to help avoid that situation in the future.
When you are feeling blah, bored, useless, or need to just do something different, then give of your time.