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How do you achieve and maintain a positive outlook?

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Dance Break! Then Write

Sometimes a quick walk or movement is something i need to get away for a moment and staying positive, especially when negative thoughts come on. If you have an office with a door, or in your room, (or in public, or anywhere you feel), pick an uplifting song and just dance it out like nobody's watchi...

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Yoga helps me manage stress.

I started a gentle morning yoga class about 3 years ago for the strength and balance aspects of the practice. I've found that one of the things I most enjoy about my classes is the stress-reduction that comes with it.

Breathing matches movement, and both require some concentration, so I'm co...

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Smile & Wave

While I have tended to be optimistic, my optimism sometimes gets weighed down by the stress in my life.

Getting that positive outlook back can be challenging at times. I found a couple of simple tools that help me find my sunny side when it has slipped.

I smile and wave. Sounds silly...

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Be Your Own Friend

Every time I am tempted to think or say something negative about myself, I wonder, "Would I say that to a friend in the same situation?"

If my friend complained about "looking fat" or berated herself for one slip up, I'd encourage her rather than join in. I'd never call her lazy or disgustin...

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Choose Your Hard

A friend on another board years ago told me the following quote and it still resonates with me today:

"Being overweight is hard. Losing weight is hard. Choose your hard."

When I start to flounder or feel deprived or have a pity party over all the things I don't allow myself to eat, I r...

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Positive Family and Friends

One of my stress busters to is to take 5-10 minutes and talk to a positive friend or family member. It can be in person, but usually it is over the phone for accessibility. In a culture where we are increasingly isolated I think we forget the power of community and relationships. It is amazing ho...

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Look Back and Celebrate!

Once in a while look back at all the things you are doing right and honestly acknowledge them. It can be amazing all the little good habits that creep into your life without your even realizing it until you look back at how things used to be. My realization came when I took the time to look back a...

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Psst psst pssst

One secret is perseverance! Keep at it/ keep trying. Remember we can't change yesterday, it's done. We aren't promised tomorrow but when it comes.... Go go go!

A second secret is you. This is all about you! If you don't take care of you who will?

I tend to jump in and see what hap...

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DONT BEAT YOURSELF UP

Yes, staying positive is very important but one thing over the years I have learned is not to judge yourself by someone else achievements. Be genuinely happy for them. I remember trying to figure out why (in a specific diet class) I would adhere to the diet exact, exercise and then came the weigh...

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Hope Guards Me Fiercely

Hope drives me forward. Keeps me intentional. Fuels strength and determination. Each day, I bump up against a multitude of potential hope saboteurs. Sometimes, a hope saboteur is overt. Like, the scale is up from last week, or, I cannot fit into the jacket I wanted to be wearing by now. I spy the p...

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