Let’s face it. Every day we’re confronted with negativity. Just turn on the news, and it’s full of tragedies. That’s the nature of the news; it focuses mostly on the bad stuff. Then at work and while running your business, you’ll sometimes have to deal with negative people. Be it a coworker that loves to complain or a client that always seems to be unhappy. Keeping a positive mindset, which is essential to success, can feel hard. The good news is there’s a lot you can do to make it easier.
See the good in the bad
When you’re in a negative situation, like a meeting that doesn’t go well or a call from an angry client, try to look for the one thing that’s positive. Instead of beating yourself up about a mistake you’ve made, focus on how you can learn from it.
If a client is angry, see it as an opportunity to improve your customer service. Your next client surely will thank you for it.
So don’t dwell on the negative but use it instead as a driver for something positive
Go to bed, now
Our lives are busy, making long days on the road and in the office. Then when you get home you want to hang out with your family, meet friends or binge watch your favorite show. All of these activities are perfectly fine, great even, as long as they don’t impede with your sleep. Make sure to get at least 7, preferably 8, hours of sleep each night.
You’ll feel better and much fresher in the morning. Ready to deal with any negativity that comes your way. Alternatively, sleep deprivation lowers your inhibitions and makes you more sensitive to negative input. So better go to bed now.
TIP: Get Better Sleep
Exercise is a natural mood booster
Regular exercise is one of the most positive things you can do for yourself. Exercise releases endorphins. These are big mood boosters and lower stress and anxiety. So, even if you don’t feel like it after a tiring day, do go for that run, a game of tennis or hit the gym. We ensure you; you’ll feel so much better afterward. An extra benefit of exercise is that it improves the quality of your sleep and gets you in shape for summer.
Don’t get hangry
Hangry is what you get when you’re hungry, and your mood is dropping. We’re all familiar with it. One moment you seem fine and then suddenly your mood is in free fall. Right at the same time as you hear a growling sound originating from your belly. The cause is a drop in your blood sugar levels, which affects an area of the brain which controls our anger. To avoid this drop, make sure you eat on time and enough. Carry a healthy snack with you during the workday. It will ensure your attitude stays positive during a long meeting.
Reflecting on the good stuff
Sometimes we can tend to focus on the negative instead of the positive.
Even when we receive a fantastic evaluation from our manager, the thing we remember most is the one criticism in between all the good stuff. However, we can train ourselves to focus more on our success.
Source: Three Good Things
Before you go to bed or go into an important presentation, think about 3 things you did that day, or which are relevant to your performance, which you feel good about. Cherish this feeling of success, pride in yourself and gratitude for the positive things in your life. You’ll immediately feel better and ace any presentation. Furthermore, it’s beneficial to calm your mind after an intense workday.