For roughly the last three years I’ve been battling my chronic injury, and people always ask me how I’ve managed to stay so positive. In all honesty, I can’t say I’ve always had the best attitude, but I will say that dealing with this for such a long time has certainly given me a new perspective and more patience. Since we all deal with crappy situations in life, I figured I’d share five things that have helped me the most at staying positive.
- Write down three things you’re grateful for EVERY DAY. No matter how rough a given day may be, there are always three things. Even the simplest things count, such as getting out of bed, having a bed, a roof over your head, sunshine, coffee, a walk in a park, family, friends, or pets.
- Keep an accomplishment log. My husband and I keep a piece of paper on our refrigerator door titled, “Accomplishments.” Every day we write down one thing we accomplished. It doesn’t have to be monumental. Sometimes its something productive I did related to my injury, such as “made appointment with Dr. Smith,” and other days its completely unrelated such as, “did the laundry,” after all, sometimes that’s a big accomplishment 🙂
- Think of positive statements to counteract the negative ones. I journal regularly about my thoughts and feelings. Whenever I get really frustrated and want to vent, I write about it rather than holding it in. However, I always make sure to follow up my angry rants with positive, and truthful statements. For example, I recently underwent a series of injections with hopes that they would relieve my chronic pain. They did not, and so I found myself complaining about it, “The injections didn’t work. What a waste of time. Nothing I’m doing is helping…” While this statement is partially true, its mostly just me being “Negative Nancy,” so I went back and rewrote the following, “Okay, so the injections didn’t fix my pain, but at least they helped in a diagnostic way to rule out other issues! So they weren’t a complete waste of time. And even though I do not have a million options left as far as new treatments to try, I do still have a few other options to explore, so I am excited for the next step!” See what I did there? Taking the time to write down your honest thoughts and then re-write them in a positive light has a huge effect on rewiring the brain’s ability to think more positive throughout the day.
- Create a positive quote garden. This is probably the most fun activity I’ve done to grow the positive vibes. Simply gather a bunch of positive quotes that inspire you, and post them around the house in places you’ll regularly see them. If you’re like me, and you like to get creative, you can type them up in a bunch of fun fonts and print them out to create a collage-style “garden of quotes.” And if that’s too much work, you’re in luck because I’ve attached four pages of positive quotes at the end of this blog for you to download and print 🙂
- Have Faith. In all honesty, the absolute number one greatest influence on my attitude would be my faith. I would not be where I am today without my relationship with God. It hasn’t been perfect or easy, but if you asked me my main reason for being so positive in such a crummy situation it would be that my strength comes from the Lord. There is so much positive news to be discovered if you’re willing to open up the bible and learn about our ever-so-loving God. Although he doesn’t always answer our prayers in the way we might expect, he does offer all the help and hope we could ever need.
“The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.” -Psalm 9:9-10
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