Something I have always valued in life is our ability to gain control over our own thoughts and actions, to create a better, happier life for ourselves. Positive thinking is a mental and emotional attitude that focuses on the ‘bright side of life’ and brings optimism. A positive attitude makes it easier to avoid worries and negative thoughts, and helps you cope more easily.

People often wonder how to be positive in their thoughts and actions, especially in times that may be difficult and tough. It can be hard in the moment, but when something happens that feels difficult, try to use your effort and energy to focus on the positive aspects that may result from this situation. If you can’t find any positives, try to practise gratitude. Notice and appreciate the positive things that already exist in your life, as this offers a great mood boost and helps you take a step back from the situation, so you don’t feel so consumed by it.

We’ve all heard the saying ‘every cloud has a silver lining’.

Maybe you’ve been made redundant from your job or decided the current role you’re in isn’t right for you. Perhaps your temporary assignment has ended, and you are wondering what the next step in your career will be. It can all seem stressful and scary, but you are able to completely change your perspective on the situation by searching for the silver lining. Maybe your next career step will bring an opportunity that offers much more joy, happiness and even greater finances. Try not to dwell on the negatives and instead use your energy to create something even greater for yourself. Think constructively and be active in constructing a plan of action to move forward.

The Law of Attraction is the most powerful law in the universe. Just like gravity, it is always in effect, you are always in a state of creation. The Law of Attraction says that you will attract into your life whatever you focus on. Whatever you give your energy and attention to will come back to you. So, if you stay focused on the good and positive things in life, you are far more likely to attract good and positive.

Another thing that has helped me immensely is the advice to move more. If you can’t seem to concentrate, go for a 10-20 minute walk. Research shows that light exercise can rejuvenate the brain and lead to sharper cognitive function. There is ample research that links daily exercise to improved mood and concentration and lowered rates of depression. If a situation is weighing you down, a little movement may help you re-centre. If you work in an office or closed space, getting out on your lunch break, before work or after work and giving yourself some ‘me time’ to go for a walk and perhaps get some sun. Vitamin D can help you re-energise and reinvigorate your day!

Stephanie Papageorgiou – Consultant

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