Positive Attitude In Chaos
I know how uncertain the times are. I have had my own moments of up and down lately also. In all my experiences of anxiety and life events, this seems different. Keeping a positive attitude in chaos takes some effort.
Every great or horrible act we have seen in history or in our own lives is always preceded by a thought. This toxic thinking then produces an alternate reality, one in which our distorted reasoning seems to make sense. But we have a choice. A choice to think about a new reality. We can build a new mindset that leads to a positive outcome.
Our first plan of action is to capture the thought and have the courage to face this destructive mindset. Then you can change it to “I have a choice.” This will help give us peace and joy that transcends our circumstances. But how can we do that?
This is a fight for a clear, focused purpose away from the distraction and noise of the world. We can claim that all things are meant for our good. The world is broken, and we see that reality everywhere. We tend to carry around brokenness and we never deal with it. The enemy will tell us that change is hopeless, that we are a victim of our circumstances and that’s how it is.
We can choose VICTORY…
Victory Over Our Circumstances
No matter what distress we might be experiencing right now there is no reason to panic. We have become anxious about the shifts taking place in our culture or the turbulence in our life. But cultivating a positive mindset can help us to feel happier, healthier, and more successful in life. When we channel our mindset, we can have a feeling of inner peace and calm.
“In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity” ~ Sun Tzu
Here are ten ways to start changing our mindset and be more positive:
1-Embrace The Process
Understand that there is a process that we must follow to overcome chaos and it will become a smoother transition. Overcoming negative emotions associated with major life changes and upsets is not a walk in the park. In fact, for each of us, the process may take quite a bit of time depending on the circumstances.
2-Take Care Of Ourself
This means taking care of ourselves in a physical and emotional way. It can be crucial to continue our routine of self-care in the midst of a crisis. If we are experiencing chaos, exercise can be a wonderful outlet for relieving stress and overcoming obstacles. There are other simple things we can do to support our own needs. It is much more than pedicures, massages, and guilty-pleasure TV shows. It can be as basic as eating nutritious meals that fuel our body and mind, drinking water, or getting plenty of sleep. Also, not over-doing it on things that harm our body like caffeine, or sugary foods.
3-Live In The Present
This moment in time is something that we won’t ever get back, so why waste it thinking about the past, or even the future? Thinking about negative experiences from the past can damage our peace in the present. Focusing too much on our dreams of the future can cause us to lose focus on taking action now. Become more aware of living in the present moment and it will relieve anxiety immediately.
4-Practice Gratitude Every Day
It doesn’t matter how or when we do it but find time every day to be grateful for our life and what we have. Take time every day to think of at least three things we are grateful for. This could be something that we build into our regular routine, in the morning or before you go to bed in the evening. It is too easy to lose ourselves on the negative aspects of the day and give in to the negative voice in our head instead of focusing on the positive and being grateful. Also, if we practice being grateful throughout the day we will gain a more positive perspective.
5-Use A Support System
Find a friend or a relative who understands the type of chaos that we believe is around us. Bonding over the change that is occurring in our life can be a positive move toward growth and overcoming the chaos. Whether this is a co-worker or a friend, we will find how positive it is to have someone to talk to when things become overwhelming.
6-Recognize You Can Control Your Response
There is only one aspect of our life that we can control at all times. That is Me, myself, or I. That means that my response to stressful situations, my mood, my outlook on life are all things that I have the power to control. Make a promise to yourself to maintain a positive outlook on these new changes. This can make a world of difference to our outlook in the long run.
7-Find A Creative Outlet
Whether we enjoy journaling, writing poetry, singing, or painting. A creative outlet can be a powerful tool for overcoming the negative emotions involved with an uprooted life. Learn to channel the positive emotions into your own creative outlet.
As Anatole France said, “One thing above all gives charm to men’s thoughts, and this is unrest. A mind that is not uneasy irritates and bores me.”
8-Do Not Dwell On Negative Thoughts
The more we think about something, the more it will occupy your mind. Then we can get stuck in a cycle of continuing to think about it. Learning to recognize when we have negative thoughts is a great first step on the road to a positive mindset. Also, don’t spend too much time around people who tend to only have negative things to say.
“To be happy is only to have freed one’s soul from the unrest of unhappiness.” ~ Maurice Maeterlinck
Using positive affirmations can help program our minds to speak in a positive voice more often. They are positive statements written in the present tense. We should say them out loud first thing in the morning and before we go to sleep at night as these are the times when our brain is the most receptive. Regular repetition throughout the day will reinforce the positive messages. Then positive recall will become second nature.
Create some distance between yourself and your emotions. An effective yet simple way to do this is to think in the third person. So instead of saying to yourself, “I’m angry with myself because…”, say, “You’re angry. Why?” I find this process to work wonders.
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more, denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” ~ Melody Beattie
How we think shapes our lives. The source of every word and deed that comes out of your mouth is the epicenter of the battleground. Keeping a positive attitude in chaos is never easy. But choosing to overcome the negative aspects of a major life change is a great beginning. By following the tips outlined in this article is a great start toward maintaining your calm during the life of chaos.
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