There are days when you have negative experiences at your place of work.
You may catch yourself still dwelling on negative thoughts surrounding the
experience three days later.
What you have done to your mind is allow the negative thoughts to occupy
a space that should be occupied by thoughts of gratitude and positivity.
As nurses, an attitude of gratitude is essential for our survival in this career.
The work that we do can be stressful at times.
When all is going well, it is easy to be grateful. It’s when things are not so great that we need to push ourselves to be grateful. In this article I want us to discuss three things that can help us do that.
- Make a decision
Decide that stress will not take over your thoughts. You can control those negative thoughts by choosing to fill your mind with positive ones.
Stress can mask a situation and make it seem worse than it really is.
Your boss may tell you that he or she wants to see you in the office the next day.
You find that you cannot sleep because you allow your mind to start imagining all sorts of things that you could have done wrong. You even start to imagine the worst, which includes seeing yourself getting fired.
When you meet with your boss the next day, you find out the only problem is that you did not complete your paperwork concerning your medical coverage.
Imagine all the unnecessary stress that you caused yourself. Had you chosen to focus on a more positive reason you may be called to the office, it would have made all the difference.
- Change your perspective
Remember that happiness is a state of mind. You can decide to be happy, or you can dwell on all the negatives all day.
If you are truly in a situation where you are in trouble, decide to focus on something positive
Always remember that your mind is very powerful.
You have the power to talk your mind into focusing on what is uplifting.
You can choose to be grateful no matter what circumstances you are facing.
This will change the way you see things and make things not seem so bad.
- Count Your Blessings
Sometimes it helps to sit quietly and just count your blessings.
Be grateful for the opportunity that you have to touch someone’s life.
Be grateful for the opportunity to broaden your knowledge and skills and the gift you give to patients and families when you take care of them.
Having an attitude of gratitude is not an option – it is essential to every nurse.
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