Self-Care Challenge (Day 280): Being Negative

Lemons in an antique Jadeite Fire King pitcher

I am not a fan of negativity. It just feels yucky, no matter if you are on the giving or receiving end of it.

But do you ever have those days where you just feel like you’re constantly switching gears and putting out fires, never really accomplishing anything you intended to when you woke up that morning?

Yesterday I felt a wave of negativity hit me as soon as I opened my eyes. The night before I had received some pretty disappointing news, and it had apparently lingered in my subconscious mind overnight. I’m pretty sure I had dreams about it as I didn’t feel rested at all, and that probably only added to my sour mood.

But rather than resisting or fighting my negative feelings, I simply sat with them. I grumbled to myself, and probably didn’t respond the way I normally would on other days, but I’ve learned that sometimes it’s just best to embrace my emotions–and really feel them.

While I would have loved a glass of lemonade, yesterday I just held onto the lemons.

Experiencing a negative mindset from time to time reminds me how I don’t want to feel. It helps me be more intentional about how I design my life, what I say “yes” to, and that being in stressful situations for long periods of time isn’t healthy.

It’s been said that in order to appreciate the good things in life, we must also experience the bad. It’s part of being human.

Accepting this fact and moving on with my day eventually helped me shift gears and get excited about today’s blessings.

How do deal with negativity?

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