Earlier this month I decided to try and make some positive changes in my life by trying to have two weeks of no negativity. My It’s Only Two Weeks plan is a way for me to start making changes for the better in my life. In the past I have tried new experiences, cut out sugar for two weeks, did some good deeds for other people, stopped spending money for two weeks, and I even tried cooking regular meals for two weeks.
The reasoning behind my It’s Only Two Weeks plan is that two weeks is long enough to try and make positive changes become a permanent habit. Over the past two weeks I tried to eliminate all negativity from my life, this includes everything from people who make me mad to clothes that make me feel bad about myself.
It is so easy to get angry at someone and express our negativity; but it’s not healthy and it doesn’t solve any of our problems. Other people may make us angry but only we can bring negativity upon ourselves. I don’t like feeling sad or angry but unfortunately the easiest way to express my emotions is through negativity. I am happy to say that I am working towards making positive changes.
Three steps to get the negativity out of your life:
1. Go Through Your Closet. I would be lying if I said that my body image didn’t affect my mood on a daily basis. If I don’t feel pretty, if I am having a bad hair day, or if I am not comfortable in my clothes I will most likely be in a bad mood. It is so crazy that I let my appearance affect my emotions, but unfortunately it’s true. Over the past two weeks I went through my closet and I got rid of any clothes that I haven’t worn in 6 months. I also got rid of all clothes that don’t make me feel like a movie star when I wear them. In total I bagged up and donated 2 pairs of pants, 3 skirts, 6 shirts, and 2 business suits…and that is a positive change.
2. Be Anti Social. This may seem a little bit weird because usually when we have a bad day the first person that we call to make us feel better is our best friend. Don’t be anti social with your friends; be anti social with the people who bring out your negativity. In any given day I come across at least a handful of people who I really don’t care for, and this is making me a very negative person. Most of the people who I really don’t care for work in my office so I can’t totally eliminate them from my life; but I can try to avoid them at all costs. It’s better to be alone than to be negative.
3. Think Twice and Eat Less. Food plays a major role in my life, I could eat a piece of chocolate cake when I am celebrating something good that happened in my life, or I could eat a piece of chocolate cake to try and cheer myself up when something bad happened. Although eating a piece of chocolate cake makes me feel better while I am eating it, I definitely feel awful afterwards. I am trying to eat foods that give me energy and contribute to my overall good health, and I am trying to stop eating foods based on my emotions.
Are you trying to make positive changes in your life?
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