Most of us start out the day in a rush. We wake-up and hit the ground running. After that, it’s the pursuit of one goal after another. And when the day ends, we are usually tired and frustrated by all the things we didn’t manage to accomplish. Then we start out the next day and go at it again. As a result it is very difficult to maintain a positive outlook on life.
The way modern people approach work is a bizarre and rather strange ritual that owes it’s beginnings to the start of the Industrial Revolution. It has developed since then into what we have today. While most people enjoy all the benefits of modern civilization and would not want to go back, stress is the price that we pay for all the goodies that we have.
But, there are ways to manage stress and maintain a positive outlook on life at the same time. Here are some tips that can help.
How to Maintain a Positive Outlook on Life
Mindfulness is an ancient Buddhist principle. In modern parlance, it means watching how you respond. How do you respond when something stressful happens? Do you go on the attack or on the defense? Do you jump into action and start flailing away? Do you make the situation worse by causing other people to feel overwhelmed or angry? Do you feel sorry for yourself and wish other people behaved better toward you?
Remember that most responses are habits. We build up a repertoire of responses over time and use them again and again. Fortunately, paying attention to how we react can break habits and help us to maintain a positive outlook on life.
2. Don’t Take it Personally
It’s very easy to take things personally and to assume that circumstance, other people or even the universe are plotting against us. If a person does something that we don’t like, we take it as a personal affront. If our spouse is not as affectionate as we would like, then they must not love us anymore.
What if our children fail to clean up after themselves? They aren’t just sloppy; they are defying us. We encounter a rude person, we automatically assume that they are going after us personally and not just basically rude, anyway.
The point is that most of what happens to us in our lives isn’t personal. Other people are doing the best they can.
They have issues to deal with and you just happen to be in the way. Most of the events in our lives are non-personal, so don’t take them personally. Often, it’s our mindset that prevents us to maintain a positive outlook on life; not what happens in our lives that determines how we feel.
3. Engage in Calming Practices
Another way to increase calmness and maintain a positive outlook on life is to engage in meditation and/or yoga.
Both have been clinically proven to reduce stress and so has exercise. A regular exercise program not only helps you keep fit, but reduces stress as well. However, it’s important to remember that these things are done for benefit. Not as just more items to be added to your to do list.
Perhaps one of the best ways to reduce stress and maintain a positive outlook on life is to find something to be grateful for.
We all have something that we can be grateful for. Even if the world seems to be crashing down around us, it only takes a few moments to stop and consider and we will find a reason for gratitude. If you practice gratitude and make it a habit, it can transform your life.
Hopefully you can incorporate the above mentioned tips to your daily routine and maintain a positive outlook on life – no matter what happens.
Author Bio: Anna Kaminsky is a psychologist in making, a mother, and a blogger. She just started her graduate studies in educational psychology at the University of Toronto and works as an intern at Richmond Hill Psychology Center helping with psycho-educational assessments, gifted testing, and play therapy.