Life is full of ups and downs. Everyone has days when things just do not work out. You might wake up feeling more tired than usual, your workout might be absolutely dreadful, your journey to work might take twice the length of time it should have done…you get the idea. It is just part of life, and EVERYONE experiences these.
Keeping positive in times of frustration can be really difficult but focussing on the more positive events will keep you on the straight and narrow, alongside helping your mental health. One way of looking at the things is taking the ‘thankful’ approach. Trying to focus on the things that are going perfectly, things that have happened that were pleasantly unexpected and things you have to look forward to in the future are great ways to keep yourself positive.
As we are reminded by Monty Python on a very regular basis, ‘’Always look on the bright side of life’’. One of the harder situations for people living an active lifestyle is when one sustains an injury. Whether this is long or short term, it’ll affect us one way or another. When you encounter an injury, keeping positive is KEY. Try to:
Smile. It is 99% likely to heal and you’ll be able to resume your usual activity.
Find something else to take up your time – whether that be a different form of exercise, or something completely different like reading or singing.
Talk to, and spend time with, people who excite you and make you feel happy in some form or another to really take your mind off it.
Try not to get too frustrated over what you can’t do but be thankful for the things you can do.
Encourage others. When you’re not able to do activity yourself you’ll find you have more time to encourage others.
Set goals for when you’re fit again – they will give you something to look forward to and goals to reach.
If you’re not injured, as I said you are bound to have workouts that you wish had never happened. It is important to ensure that you don’t dwell on these, pick yourself up, plan the next one, work out what didn’t quite go so right or why it didn’t go to plan – maybe it was a lack of sleep? Inadequate fueling prior to activity? Generally feeling low? Once you’ve worked out what it was plan how to avoid the same happening again!
Just remember to remain positive! Just one smile can change your day. You have 86,400 seconds a day to turn your mood around – smile :-)