Have you ever wondered how a person can be going through a rough patch in their lives and still be happy? It's called optimism. They can look on the bright side of things, no matter what life throws at them. They are the people that could drive you insane because they never complain about anything. You see them constantly complimenting people and helping others, which in turn that benefits them both. These people also seem to get sick less often and be in better health, in general. Why is that? By reaching out to other people and putting the focus on them, it makes you see that your own problems aren't as bad in comparison. Being a giving person doesn't just help the person you are assisting, it helps you too.
So try to take a break from yourself and for a week or two, quit trying to figure everything out. Get your mind on doing a kind deed for someone, help someone with a project, get involved with children. Children are great, they are constantly seeking to do something new. You need to do that, too. Get out of your rut and jump in with both feet, just like a kid would.What happens to your health and your weight might surprise you.
This is how to cultivate optimism:
1. Change of Scenery
Surround yourself with a new environment or a different task to do that will challenge you mentally, as well as physically. Get your mind off your same old problems. Look at life in a different way. If you find yourself trying to climb the same proverbial mountain, day after day, it might be time to realize that the mountain is not going away. Try to just avoid the annoying coworker. If you're stuck waiting in a line that's not moving, just breathe. It's time for a change and a new perspective. Go through the mountain by tackling a new objective.
2. Go Outside
Observe your environment. What do you see? What do you hear? Do you see certain colors that inspire you? Even though it's winter, now is a great time to get outdoors and experience nature. Quiet your mind. Stop and really look at your neighborhood, park or right outside your window. Then grab a pen or pencil and jot down what you see.
3. Get Energy From Others
Take it even further, talk with people, see what new adventures they are taking. Limit time with negative people and seek out positive ones. Surround yourself with happy people doing interesting things and in time, their zest for life will rub off on you.
4. Go Back to School
Register for a new class at your local school or recreation centers. This keeps your mind fresh and gets you excited about a new experience.
5. Help Others
Volunteer at schools, hospitals, library and surround yourself with new items to force your eyes and brain to look at different objects and your senses will be tuned in to your new environment. Challenge yourself.
You will be a new person, with optimism abounding, no matter what life throws at you. This could be your day that is met with challenge, excitement and a new adventure to enhance your life! "Over time, your mind became more accustomed to elicit positive thoughts because you have stretched it to comfortably receive them. Train your own mind to be receptive to expect positive outcomes and your personal best." Advises Dr. Jo Anne White, relationship, business and personal coach.
Michele Batz is a 30-year veteran in the physical education field, with a master's and PhD in holistic nutrition and a master's in Administration. She's been a Fitness writer for the past 7 years to help motivate not just in the physical sense but also the creative. The arts with movement is an element she is working on in her classes and with the help of CATCH (Coordinated Approach To Children's Health) to combine all elements of leading a healthy, active life. CATCH involves the whole school community, physical education teachers, classroom teachers, cafeteria, parents and the community. This is a wonderful way to educate our youth to fight children's obesity. Michele enjoys her life with her husband and son, living in Illinois. Visit her blog at mbatz.blogspot.com.