IF I'M HAVING A BAD DAY, AND I'M HAVING TROUBLE STAYING POSITIVE, WHAT ARE THINGS I CAN DO TO HELP?
First of all, be gentle with yourself. No one is positive all the time. Be proud of the fact that you are noticing this and that you are willing to do something about it.
Here are a few things to try. I believe the list of ideas is limitless, so this is just to get you started. Use the ideas that work best for you and create your own!
1. Pick moments during the day – like right now – to notice what you are focussing on. Is it your pain? Worries about your future? The things you can’t do? Then just for that one moment in your day, come up with a positive thought. For instance, think about something you can do, or counter the negative thought with a general positive thought, such as “It’s a beautiful, sunny day.”
2. Sit upright, shoulders back, a big smile on your face, and say a loud "Yes!" as you punch the air with your fist. You can do this several times in a row or try it with a friend.
3. Start a gratitude journal. Come up with things on a daily basis that you a grateful for in your life. Then take this a step further and allow yourself to feel this gratitude. Feel it warming your heart.
4. Compare yourself to those worse off. Depending on your situation, that might mean imagining those in a wheelchair, or someone with a missing limb, or people who live in a third world country who don’t have enough to eat, or countries where being sick or injured means losing your job and having no medical care. Then look at your situation again and see if maybe it’s not so bad after all.