“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” ― Amit Ray
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The single best practice I've discovered for staying positive during negative situation is to remember to breathe.
Breathing does two key things:
1. It keeps you alive, taking you from a moment of potential crisis to the moments afterwards. This is especially important if you find yourself experiencing thoughts of self-harm. By focusing on breathing it erases self-destructive thoughts—even if only temporarily.
2. It activates your parasympathetic nervous system, the body’s natural process for calming you down from stressful situations.
Remembering to breather won't make your problems magically disappear, but what it will do is help you to face whatever challenges come your way with greater clarity, confidence, courage, by removing the distractions of negative rumination.
What reminder can you give yourself to remember to breathe before reacting to the events around you?
It’s not always easy to stay positive when faced with negative circumstances, but the key is to not get so tied to an outcome that you sacrifice your happiness for something that simply may never come to be, because even dreams achieved aren’t always what they seem, and eventually everything comes to an end. Facing challenges with big deep breaths can offer you a calm mind to be open to accommodations for disruptions, providing just enough wiggle room to help you identify alternate paths.
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Jonas Cain is an educator, facilitator, and coach, working to engage, empower, and encourage leaders and the people they serve to experience joy.