Recognize that business is a complicated and busy lifestyle, and if you’re feeling it, so too will your colleagues. Negativity doesn’t just mean going through difficult times – it means letting those times get to you. You can face adversity and have mountains of work to do without losing the positive state of mind that lets you feel like you can do anything. It isn’t about the external aspects of your lifestyle, but it’s about how your internal experiences correspond with what’s going on in your world. Positivity will make the good times better and, when there are difficult times, it will give you the confidence and breathing space to make it through and turn it around.
Wake Up Ready for Anything
The energy that you choose to express in the morning will reverberate with you throughout your day, which means that if you’re late, stressed and snappy then you’re bringing all that negativity into the office with you. Firstly, you need enough sleep, so don’t try to get by with only a fraction of the amount you need, like many of us do. Secondly, you need to give yourself enough time to avoid having to rush around. This will mean that you can have a proper breakfast, which will help to keep you positive throughout the day, and you can spend some valuable social time with your family.
Know Your Support Network
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Who is the person in your life you tell all the mundane details about your stressful circumstances to? It could be a family member, a partner or a close friend, but this person plays a huge role in your success, and should be valued as such. Nobody can remain positive through difficult or testing circumstances if they don’t have somebody to vent to, or even to talk strategy with. The most important thing for you to remember is that support networks aren’t one-way streets. If somebody is taking the time to listen to your difficulties and reassure you, you should be supporting them in whatever way you can, rather than taking them for granted.
Take Regular Relaxation Breaks
Taking regular breaks is essential for anyone with a stressful day and lots to do, but you also need to use your breaks effectively. Use your ten minutes or so to do something you love, whether it’s catching up with friends on social media, reading a few pages of your favorite novel or playing a game for a few rounds. You should also use this time to raise your morale through social time spent catching up with your colleagues.
Keep Negativity in Check
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Even if we get enough sleep and have pleasant mornings, regularly talk and listen to our support network and use all of our breaks effectively, we can still fall prey to negativity. It might be brought on by something out of your control, like a family member you can’t stop worrying about, or even something like a headache, but it’s important to remember that when there is negativity, you’re often the only person feeling it. It’s your choice if you share it with your colleagues and make it part of the atmosphere. Keep negativity in check by consciously controlling your actions and the language you use, and recognize why positivity is so valuable.