“When you change the way you look at things the things you look at change.”

First off, YOU answer the question: what constitutes a BAD day? Here are some examples of how your mood can make the day positive or negative. Hint: It’s all in how we react to the situation.

1. The alarm didn’t go off, so I woke up late.    

1a. I must be tired; slept right through the alarm. Glad I woke up as I still have the opportunity to whatever this day brings.

2. I hate all the traffic on the road; even more late.        

2b. I made it to work without any accidents.

3. Why don’t my coworkers give me time to settle in before they start asking me questions.   

3a. Wow, I’m really needed. They couldn’t wait till I got to work.

4. Oh no, she didn’t yell at me over the phone. I’m not putting up with this.      

4a. I wonder what’s going on with them, I hope their day gets better.

These are just a few examples on how your thoughts can affect your mood, and therefore your day, depending on which course of action you take.

Other tips on coping with negative thoughts:

  1. Take a deep breath and reposition your energy.
  2. Allow yourself to take a little break, step away and go for a walk.
  3. Visit a co-worker for a non work related chat.
  4. Focus on something enjoyable.
  5. Talk about the problem and get it out of your system.

We must always remember that we have the power to change our situation; be it a mood adjustment or evaluating what is valuable in our lives. There are various books referencing “Don’t sweat the small stuff.”

By the choices we make, we determine the outcome of every situation.

For me personally, I have found that when I don’t start my day with thanking God for allowing me  the opportunity to start another day and then asking Him to help me throughout the day, the end result is that my day ends up stressful and non-productive.

Wherever you find your source of positive thinking, encourage yourself to be diligent about the process. It can take practice but the end result will be worth it.

So, to begin, try thinking this each morning: I choose this day to be a good day. Embrace it, learn from it and move forward.

Sometimes, it’s easier said than done 🙂

JoElla Barkus, Accounting Assistant

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