How do you achieve and maintain a positive outlook?
I find that I sometimes get too wrapped up in how much weight I need to lose, and end up getting down about myself. I find that I do better with not only weight loss, but also with self confidence and overall happiness, if I remind myself everyday of something I love about myself.
Have to stay positive
Each member of the family shares 5 good things about their day at dinner time each day. This heops each one to become better centered and positive in attitude. It is a way to connect when you have ageand background differences. It also helps relaxation and the enjooyment of others over food.
Just smile.... or hummm, through the stress:)
When I start to feel bad about myself, I remind myself that there are others who are struggling with their weight just like I am. I then think of what I would say to a person who was feeling bad and write it down.When I read it back, it is like I just gave myself a pep talk! I'm so smart!
When some adversity comes my way and my mind starts to focus on the troubles, I try to stop and start to list ways that it could be worse. "There are so many people who......" Or "I have been in more pain than this." etc. I try to give thanks for my adversity.
So often we spend much of our time and energy doing for others. We need to remember to always take time for ourselves. If we don't, we'll run out of gas. It doesn't have to be hours. A soak in the tub or a short walk often gives us time to refuel our own tanks!
Have a garden, big or small. It's a win win situation. You get fresh air. You are out moving about. You can be proud of yourself for growing your own food or flowers. It is calming and relaxing.
Whenever you're stressed out about something, consider this: you are just one person out of around 6,800,000,000 living on a planet orbiting one of the roughly 300,000,000,000 stars in the Milky Way galaxy, which is just one of approximately 150,000,000,000 galaxies in the universe. Nothing matters.
How many times a day do you think "wow she has great hair" or "he did a great job on that"? I realized I was passing up many opportunities to make other people feel good about themselves. I now tell that person as soon as I think of the compliment or give them a note. We both get a mood lift!