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Sparkle On: My Positivity Toolkit

I get it: It can be hard to stay positive. Life has a way of throwing curveballs both big and small, and you can either stand there helpless at the plate, or step up and come out swinging. There are days when you feel on top of the world, and days when the kids aren’t cooperating or nothing’s going right at work. Those are the days you’d rather crawl back into bed than face your problems.

I try not to spiral into negative thinking, because I know where it will generally get me: in a bad mood. I have a couple of tools that help me stay on the bright side, even on the most stressful days when it seems like I can’t get on my game. Here are a few of them.

Set the intention. I believe that where you place your attention can manifest positive change in your life. If you’re always thinking negative, then you expect the negative to happen—and guess what? It does. Surrounding yourself with positive energy, whether it’s through essential oils that boost your mood, moon boxes, or a journal where you can keep track of positive thoughts, can have a real impact on your daily mindset.

Lean on your family and friends. My husband Chris is absolutely my best friend. When I’m stressed or feeling down, I don’t even have to say anything and he knows something is up. He’ll cheer me up with a hug or a joke, and it sets me back on track. I also have a group of girlfriends that I turn to for support. We’re on one of those text chains, and every once in a while one of us will send up a distress signal when we need kind words, a shoulder to lean on or just a funny joke to get us all LOL’ing. I’m so lucky to have them in my life.

Find what works for you, even if it’s an app. I tend to think that technology can be distracting (although I love my Instagram as much as the next girl). It can even be a source of stress, especially when you start comparing yourself to other people on Instagram. I am loving the Shine app, which sends daily affirmations and positive, thought-provoking messages. Every message is upbeat, and I love that I don’t even have to think about it. It just shows up every day.

I think that we write our own stories based on what we put out in the universe and where we choose to focus. And in my book, putting all those good intentions towards positivity is only going to bring it back to you, hopefully in multitudes.

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