The concept is really quite a meaningful one. Having a national day or week or month dedicated to a particular cause or ideology has become so in Vogue that sometimes it can almost undermine the focus – National Homemade Cookie Day for example makes for an amusing headline but is arguably not as productive as some of the others in the calendar.
Positive Attitude Month however, is no mere explosion of emoticons and platitudes about glasses that are half full. The depths of the idea can be the root of meaningful coping strategies in our lives. After all, a positive attitude doesn’t mean ignoring life’s troubles, it just means looking for the good rather than concentrating on the bad, and we all have times where that’s a really hard thing to do, no matter how inherently buoyant we are.
At a time of year, when many of us can feel low simply because of the changing light and shorter days culminating the oft talked about SAD or varying degrees of it, it is no doubt the majority of us will have an almighty dip at some point, feeling at best flat and at worst entirely negative.
There is something of a misconception that if we are predisposed to a negative mindset instead of a positive one there’s not a lot that can be done about it. However, while a lot of the information around talks about the benefits of laughter and optimism for health, longevity and reducing stress levels, there’s also a strong contingent focusing on the idea that you can cultivate a positive mindset, and that can be a liberating thought.
Suggestions to help create that sense of positivity, such as those from blogger Marelisa Fabrega at Daring To Live Fully for example, point towards strategies such has having a morning routine, reading material that reinforces positive thoughts and visualising positive outcomes.
Saying you can cultivate a positive attitude of course is not to confuse it with the idea that you can treat something as serious as depression by telling someone to be positive – definitely not. What it does bring to the fore however, is the fact that there is hope to find coping strategies and help make changes that will empower our own perspective, giving us a sense of control.
Amongst it all, taking care of ourselves should not be overlooked as a vital part of creating a positive outlook. While exercise is generally given its due these days as being a vital element to help manage all manner of elements on the wellbeing spectrum, pampering, spa treatments and relaxation as a whole can also play their part in maintaining health and wellbeing as well being supportive at acute times of stress and anxiety.
What feels indulgent can often be an enormous boost courtesy of the integrated nature of mental wellbeing and physical wellbeing. In addition, the knowledge and expertise at many spas across the UK, Ireland and further afield to address particular concerns that may be impacting our outlook and mental wellbeing, whether that’s finding spa treatments for SAD or nutritional advice to help combat the winter blues, is invaluable.
We are blessed to know therapists ranging from Human Needs Psychologist Rebecca Miller, whose easy, simple and inexpensive tips for happiness include daydreaming and popping a little Bowie on so you can dance around the living room, to Naturopath Sue Davis who swears by the power of Flower Therapy.
There’s nothing more annoying if you’re feeling low than being told to be positive. For many it doesn’t feel like a choice, and indeed for plenty it may not be. However, what Positive Attitude Month may have had the ability to highlight are some coping strategies to give us all hope that we can make small steps to shifting our own outlook, particularly as the days draw in this winter.
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