Aug 15, 2011

Adjusting an attitude

Last week was pretty rough for me. I was in such a crappy mood by Friday night that I didn't want to be around anyone - including myself! Saturday morning I decided I needed an attitude adjustment if I was going to make it through the day (much less the weekend) without being absolutely foul. I changed how I looked at things and the difference it made was remarkable.

Mondays can be easy targets for griping - so today I'm going to do the exact opposite - I'm adjusting my attitude and listing the bright side of things that at first glance might not seem so great.

*Instead of being upset about the pain in my knee, I'm embracing the chance to slow down a bit. I'm taking it easy, catching up on words with friends, and completely appreciating my husband who runs to the store for ice cream.

*Instead of complaining about how crazy my workload has been, I'm appreciating working with different people, and realizing that while I might be busy, the work I'm doing is also fulfilling.

*Instead of getting stressed out about the places in the apartment that still need to be settled (everything's unpacked, but some areas need a little more organization), I'm taking my time so I can really be happy with the end result, instead of just tolerating that everything is put away.

*Reminding myself of how much I'm already less stressed because we finally have working internet in our apartment. Hallelujah indeed!

*Taking my time reading through the stack of books on my nightstand instead of just plowing through them so I can say I'm finished. This means more connecting with the stories, better reviews, and a much more relaxed and happy Becky!

Have you ever purposefully adjusted your attitude? Were you surprised at the results? What are you adjusting your attitude about today?

Happy Monday!


Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I was not exactly a joy to be around on Friday night when I realized I had forgotten my running shoes and had to stop in a suburb and buy something. So I spent $100 I wasn't planning on spending and I lost about 45 minutes. But then i got to the cabin and I held, fed, and put my nephew Charlie to sleep and I was like - ok, life is not so serious, Lisa. I needed another attitude adjustment on Saturday when I realized I also forgot socks and my iPod was dead... but again, coming back to a cabin full of family kept things in perspective.

Whenever i get in a funk, i tell myself, "I am lucky because..." I find that it helps to reverse my mood when I think about what makes me lucky. Like if I get frustrated at work I think, "I am lucky to have a great job that challenges me!"

Megan said...

I love making lists when I'm in a bad mood. I make lists of things I love in life. It's usually stuff I'd normally take for granted, so it's nice to remind myself that my life isn't so bad!

ashleyTIA said...

This was totally me on Saturday night. I was trying to get through my to-do list, but couldn't find something. I immediately felt a cloud come over me. After 30 minutes of pouting, I decided to be upbeat. Guess what? I found what I was looking for!

Good for you for changing your attitude, Becky!

Sarah said...

Great post, Becky. I don't know what was in the air, but I was a grumpus for part of the weekend, too. I think it was a combination of a lot to do and not enough time to do it. But, I decided that nothing about my To Do list was life or death, so best to just do the best I can with the time I have.

Lucy The Valiant said...

I need an attitude adjustment right this minute! It's so difficult sometimes to live (and behave) intentionally, so thanks for a reminder!

Amber said...

I have definitely had those moments when I need an attitude adjustment so I hear ya! I just try to remind myself that it's not the situation - it's how you REACT to it that really matters.

Good for you for embracing the positive side of things on this Monday :)

Suburban Sweetheart said...

Good on you for trying to retrain your thoughts & adjust your attitude. I try to do this every so often, & it's a good reminder of the good things in life. We could all take a lesson or two from this post!

Nora said...

This might be me today... feeling overwhelmed with all that's on my list both personally, profesionally and as a couple (meaning things both me and D need to do). I'm struggling to get my attitude adjusted but I'm getting there. Slowly. Sort of =)

Mandy said...

I fully understand this attitude. Its so easy to get into a funk or a bad attitude. I am sort of in one now and its not fun. An attitude adjustment is definitely in order.

Kyria @ Travel Spot said...

I feel you! I am actually having a "Monday" today! But I just needed a little Teen Jeopardy, because it makes me feel smarter. No really, you are looking at it in such a good manner. I need to do that! Another list, coming up!

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