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Positivity Challenge Week 19: Checking In

It’s been a while since I did my last check-in post, and what better time than the unofficial change of season? “April showers bring May flowers.” the old rhyme says, but what does May bring? For many people, it brings a time of change and transition. From graduations, new jobs, pending summer plans, family events…even if you work a normal 9-to-5, the pace seems to slow down during the summer. The longer days might be helping you kick your SADs, but it’s hard to focus on work when it’s so darn gorgeous outside. Now is the perfect time to check in with how you’re doing in the Positivity Challenge 2012, and re-energize yourself for this especially positive time of year.

For me, as much as I’m thinking and writing about positivity, there are some challenges are are especially hard for me. Stop Apologizing is one in particular. My husband points out the irony of me writing about thinking positive and not apologizing for things that I didn’t do every single time a “sorry” slips out of my mouth. So that’s one challenge I possibly need to revisit and make a bigger effort on.

In upcoming weeks, we’ll be looking at topics like using detachment to stay positive, how to recognize things that fight against our positivity, setting goals for positive outcomes, positivity through listening, and yoga for positivity. I definitely need your input though, and your suggestion for topics or challenges that you’d like me to cover.

This Week’s Challenge

Do a positivity inventory on yourself. After working on your positivity, do you find it easier to jump to a positive thought before a negative one? What are some areas that are still especially challenging for you? If you feel comfortable sharing, let me know, and I might do a challenge on one of your suggestions in the future. If you aren’t comfortable commenting, you can always send me a private message though the site.

This Week’s Mantra

For those times when we’re not doing so well at staying positive, something to keep us going in this quote from Louisa May Alcott: “I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning to sail my ship.”

Persephone Magazine Positivity Mantra May 29

If you want a reminder of your mantra for the next week, feel free to click the image above to download a wallpaper-sized version.

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional or mental health expert, and there are problems that positivity cannot overcome, so please do not take this advice in lieu of a doctor’s care.

Not all challenges will be relevant to everyone, so I welcome you to come and go as you please and take from each challenge what works for you! Please make sure to share your thoughts in the comments!

By Crystal Coleman

Florida girl living on the west coast. During the day, I consult in social media and community management. I have a really cute puppy (Elphaba) and a British husband (I keep him for his accent) as well as an unhealthy relationship with parentheses.

5 replies on “Positivity Challenge Week 19: Checking In”

I think I still live too much in my day dreams while actively thinking about what I can do to pursue them or something similar to them. And I definitely say sorry too much. I also find it still hard to be corrected, even though I know mistakes are allowed to be made and it doesn’t mean that the correcter hates me!

My husband suggested an article on using short and long terms goals to facilitate positivity, so that’s something I’ll definitely keep in mind. I, too, fall prey to the day dream life when things get rough and it’s so counter productive but hard to break out of. Constructive criticism is another good idea, too.

There’s nothing wrong with hiding from negativity, as long as you’re not avoiding doing important things that need to be done. If it’s just a matter of pretending not to listen when another person starts in on a bitching session, that’s one of the best ways to cope with negativity there is. It’s better than trying to drag a negative person into positivity sometimes.

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