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Staying Positive

To discover ways to encourage yourself and your children to be positive, even in the face of adversity. Having a negative outlook in life is a learned behavior that CAN be changed. Instead of automatically focusing on the bad elements of a situation, you can retrain your mind to react in a positive way.

Activity Instructions:

Our minds are at rest when in a state of peace and serenity. When you notice that you have been habitually thinking negative thoughts, use this mindful activity to recapture a state of inner balance and calm.

Sit in a quiet place for at least 5 minutes and begin focusing on your breath. Breathe in for a count of five, paying close attention to your chest and diaphragm rising. Hold at the top of your inhalation and then slowly exhale for a count of five. Repeat this rhythmic breathing, focusing only on your powerful breath entering and exiting your body. If other thoughts arise, recognize them, dismiss them, and then return your focus to your breathing.

Repeat this activity every day, or as much as needed, to retrain your mind to think happy, tranquil thoughts. At the end of your exercise, read a list of positive thoughts that directly dispute some of your reoccurring negative thoughts. For example, “I accept myself as I am,” “Today I take control of my mind and my life,” “I happily release my negative thoughts from my day,” “I am smart, brave, and capable,” or “I am calm, relaxed, and happy.”

Outcome:

Participating in feel-good activities helps you connect with your innate passions, interests, and skills, allowing you to revisit who you were before devoting yourself to your family. As you check items off your wish list, you’ll feel rejuvenated and restored. Ultimately, investing time in yourself will cause you to become happier, more patient, and at peace—overall, a better parent!