Wednesday, March 25, 2020

The Power of Your Mind.
In these difficult times when life seems out of our control, let’s focus on the only thing we ever really did have control over ~~ our thinking.  
I find practicing Mindfulness is more important than ever.  It is simple and gives great results.  It is a state of active, open attention to the present. This state encompasses observing thoughts and feelings without judging them as good or bad.   It is being 100% in the present without engaging in thought of the past or future, or worrying about the ‘what-if’s’.      
I have disengaged from all negativity in my life to keep that clear calm state.   It could be distancing or limiting your contact or interaction with negative people, limiting watching the news or engaging with social media that makes you stressed.  I decided to  limit my time on Facebook for a while because it has so many virus related and negative political posts that I found myself getting stressed reading. I can still feel stay connected to my select friends and family through text. 

People who practice Positive Thinking have a better mental and emotional attitude that focuses on the bright side of life while expecting positive results. They know better days are ahead.  They are people who believe they can overcome any obstacle or difficulty and are usually mentally and physically healthier.   If you surround yourself with these types of people, you’ll feel less stressed and more positive yourself.   According to the May Clinic positive thinking can also reduce stress levels.   Don’t we all need this right now.   No matter what your circumstances you are probably being affected by this virus concerns in some way.   Some of us more than others.

With a Positive Attitude we experience pleasant and happy feelings. Our whole being broadcasts good will, happiness and success.  Research even shows our health is affected in beneficial ways. We walk taller, our voice is more powerful, and our body language shows the way we feel.  The positive or negative words we say to ourselves or others affect everything as proven in this experiment done with children from low-income families.  Choosing to be positive and having an attitude of gratitude will determine how happy your day will be.   So, how can we maintain a positive attitude during these troubling times. But how when there is so much bad news? 

Try an Attitude of Gratitude with a Gratitude Practice.   The benefits of gratitude extend far beyond what we may imagine.  Paying attention to what we feel grateful for puts us in a positive frame of mind. It connects us to the world around us and to ourselves.  Knowing what we appreciate in life means knowing who we are, what matters to us and what makes each day worthwhile.  Try practicing daily gratitude meditation which will help relieve stress and resets your attitude.   “Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough.”     ~ Oprah Winfrey

Here are a number of ways to stay physically healthy the natural way by my friend and Naturopath Health Care Practitioner, Kristine Jelstrup--Central Square Health & Wellness.   

Take care of yourself mentally and physically and we’ll get through this together.   
Blessings, Fran   

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