I was hopeful that by the end of the month it would help me not to sweat the small stuff, to be grateful for what I already have, and all those other cliches you've heard a thousand times.
The month that I decided to embark on this challenge, I was traveling a ton, super stressed with work and personal stuff, and my boyfriend and I started dating long distance again. So, it was a great month to try to actively think more positively.
Here's how it went.
As it turned out, writing down one positive thought a day was the easy part. Staying positive, on the other hand, was where it got tricky.
"Had the best time last night celebrating my good friends getting married and I woke up not hungover. #blessed."
But then I started to overanalyze my positive thought. Should I write down only something positive that happened today? Does last night not count in my happiness today? Are there rules to this thing? This is gonna be a long month.
Apparently I didn't think of a better one, because that's all I wrote. Okay, Melissa, get it together. This shouldn’t be that difficult.
This was an easy one.
So, What Did I Learn?
Throughout the challenge, it was difficult to focus solely on the positive, which is what I thought I should be doing. So when I found myself writing a negative thought and then a positive, I beat myself up for it. Why couldn't I just focus on the good?
I used to think negative thoughts meant a negative mindset on life, but this challenge allowed me to realize that reflecting on negative thoughts is not dwelling on them, it's reflecting on your situation and thinking of ways to improve them. They also helped me realize all the positive things that happened that day and not focus on just the negative.
In the end, did the challenge help me realize not to sweat the small stuff, to be grateful for what I have, and all the other cliches? I would say yes!
I was more reflective on my own thoughts and more conscious of my feelings, which did make me realize how great my life actually is. There are definitely stressful days where the weather stinks and I didn't have time to workout, but the awareness that these factors affect my mood and tomorrow is another day is such a powerful thought to have.
What tips and tricks do you have to think positively?
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