Hi, I’m Cady Stokes, editor of AEA’s monthly newsletter.
It’s that time of year again—the holiday bliss has officially worn off, it’s beyond cold out, and it seems like we’re stuck inside until further notice. This makes it easy to get wrapped up in those ever-present winter blues. So, how do we combat these feelings of negativity and turn them into something positive? Here are two tips to get you thinking more positively this winter:
- As the great Billy Joel says, “Slow down, you’re doing fine.”
Long hours at the office can be taxing, both mentally and physically. Your laundry-list of chores and errands may suffer, because who wants to venture out into a winter tundra on their day off or after a long day at work? It’s easy to find yourself stressing out over even the smallest of things. The thing to remember is that it’s okay to feel that way. It’s also important to remember you’re doing your best; Be kind to yourself. Things will get done exactly the way they’re supposed to. It’s not the end of the world to take time to relax and rejuvenate your mind. Taking the time to slow down, prioritize, and set yourself up to succeed in all aspects of life is the first step toward a positive mindset.
- Positive thoughts manifest a positive environment.
The way you think can truly impact the course of your entire day. If you view your daily interactions and situations in a negative light, you can’t expect anything aside from a negative outcome or experience. The thing to remember is that you are the one in control of your own thoughts. Sure, maybe you aren’t the one that canceled plans, added on extra work to your pile, or made a snarky comment. But, you are the one who decides what to do with it. Is thirty seconds of unpleasantness worth sacrificing your entire day over? No way. Take things in stride and brush off the things that won’t matter in an hour. If you’re able to let that bad moment be just that, a moment, you’ll be amazed at how your entire mentally will change. Project the positivity you want to see, and it will happen.
Remember, your own thoughts manifest in your environment. Spread the good energy around your friend group, office, or even amongst strangers and you will see just how much happier these chilly winter months can be.
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