How did the challenge go?Strangely well. It helped that the week was filled with goodness, friends, love, and joy. But I also learned that you can't force negativity out of your life when things do in fact get negative.
So what went wrong?
- Strangely little. When I caught myself being overly negative, I was able to recognize it and try to reign it in.
- Unfortunately, because I moved from a general blah feeling into a happier tone, it was that much harder to recover when bad things happened. Anxiety has been especially high this past week and it was hard to handle it sometimes.
So what went right?
- So much! Anytime I found myself going into a bad attitude moment, I found different ways of dealing with it. Prayer, singing, humming, being surrounded by friends and family and getting the hell out of the house!
Conclusion:Now keep in mind we're talking about negativity, NOT depression. This week was a good week for me on a depression level. Had I been in one of my funks, I don't know what would have happened. You definitely can't force yourself to be happy. All you end up doing is putting unattainable goals on yourself and then guilt to follow. BUT . . . you can try to break a pessimistic streak by saying loving words, letting yourself be excited, and opening up to being vulnerable.
Did anyone else take the One Week Without Negativity challenge? How did you do?