Preventing Pessimism

by Nita Jackson of

Have an attitude of gratitude. 
Being thankful and concentrating on things that a person is grateful for helps to circumvent the pessimistic mindset. No matter where you are, you can always find at least one thing to be thankful for. Try using a Gratitude Journal and listing at least one thing a day that is a blessing to you .

Hang out with non-pessimists.
The atmosphere you choose to maintain affects your thinking process. Find a bird of a different feather to flock together with. Strive to create an environment that squelches negativity and promotes a less gloomy outlook on life.

Watch your language.
We can affect our own feelings simply by what we say. The old proverb "Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks " always rings true. It seems that poor talk created in the mind works its way out of the mind, out the mouth, into the ears and, finally, to the soul. Be mindful of how powerful words can be.

Watch for over-commitment. 
The fear of saying no or the fear of asking for help often perpetuates a feeling of dread. Saying no will cause few fatalities and asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness. No one knows your limits better than you, so don't let others define them for you. Too much on one's plate can bring an anxiety that leads to a pessimistic distress.

Get enough sleep. 
Lack of sleep can color a person's viewpoint. Making decisions on an empty sleep reservoir can prove to be folly. It can affect your good sense of judgment. Toddlers aren't the only ones who get cranky without sufficient sleep.

Don't squelch creativity.
Boredom from repetition can bring frustration. Few things bring more sighs and groans to a committee meeting than the saying "We've never done it this way before." A simple change, like driving a new route to work, can make a big difference. Think out of the box so the proverbial rut does not get a stranglehold on you and color the way you think about life.

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