Thursday, November 03, 2011

Think Before You React

What do you do when you're having a bad time or when something goes wrong?

Do you become irritated, frustrated, angry or depressed? Do you start feeling sorry for yourself or complain about why bad things always seem to happen to you?

How you choose to react to any unpleasant event will make a difference to how you feel for the rest of your day and even for the rest of your life. Let me explain ...

We all have to deal with unpleasant situations. Things go wrong. Stuff happens. That's life! How you deal with those moments, however, can impact your well-being.

You can choose to react negatively to what happens and dwell in hours upon hours of negative thoughts and emotions but what good will this do?

All that negative energy will not change what's already happened. All it does is create inner turmoil for you.

So, think before you react and change the program!

Choose a more positive approach.

Be mindful of the feelings surfacing when you're having a bad time. If there's nothing you can do to change the situation, simply let go.

Instead, choose to accept the situation as it is and do not feed it with negative thoughts or emotions. Accept and let go. Even better, try to find the positive in a challenging situation. A good way to do this is through humor, where appropriate.

It takes a little practice to change your thoughts and responses, especially if you've always reacted negatively to a negative situation. Once you choose to react in a more positive way, you'll improve your sense of well-being and get through the day's challenges without angst.

So be mindful of your thoughts and emotions. Watch your self-talk. Think before you react.

Enjoy your day!

Today's quote:

"Life is 10% of what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it." - John Maxwell

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