Whenever I am having a "blah" day, I write down as many things I can think of that I am thankful for. EVERYTHING. The little things and the big things. Like today, I am so thankful for the support and motivation I recieve from my sparkfriends.
Keep your list to add to it or to add to it anytime. I have a list on my laptop that is an ongoing document to add to when I need to.
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Remember that staying positive can be the best help for you on this journey to better health. Playing "the glad game" is one way that I stay positive. When I find myself getting down or depressed, I remind myself of all the things that I am GLAD about. I count my blessings & write out a gratitude list. When I am positive & upbeat I am more inclined to exercise and eat right instead of getting into the emotional eating.
When I start to have negative thoughts, it usually leads to feeling depressed - the best way to change those thoughts is to write 12 things on a Gratitude List - even if some of them seem trivial, like "I'm grateful I have soap," or tinged with negativity, like "only gained 20 lbs instead of 30," it still works like a magic cure! After all, a lot of people DON'T have soap or DID gain more than I did and it helps to put things into perspective. Maybe my life isn't so bad after all ;-)
About 3 weeks ago I started writing a gratitude list every day. I notice that it really helps me stay positive and focused. I write them before bed and the next morning I am much more calm and at peace.
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