The Bigger Picture
In todays modern, technology lead society we often get caught up in the moment and even yesterday seems like a long time ago. This fast paced way of life, more often than not pushes us towards concentrating on the negatives that occur in daily situations. Most of the time the positives are quickly overlooked. When was the last time you stopped to think about how far you've come or all the positive achievements you have had in the last week, month or year?
It goes without saying, everyone has negative interactions or comes across failure at some point in their life. All too often though, these situations are met with even deeper negative thoughts and emotions, even when there are positives to take away and build upon. This then has a knock on effect of causing distress, anxiety and even depression, all of which if left unaddressed can negatively impact your health, wellbeing and overall performance in daily life. Over activation of the fight or flight response can have a detrimental effect so it is important to, whenever possible, counter stress with some recovery and regain balance.
It has been studied that when people are asked to draw conclusions based on relationship or life satisfaction, people based their answers around subjective thoughts surrounding the last 48 hours. This is an extremely short snap shot in time and as we all know, does not paint the whole picture. It does however show that we think in relatively small windows and this could be down to how much attention space we have left whilst frantically processing everything else going on around us.
Most people, including myself can be found guilty of dwelling on the negatives in a moment of stress and let it over shadow and otherwise positive day.
So let’s think for a minute....What if you had a great week but the last couple of days were particularly stressful? Have you then had a bad week? What if you stopped to think about the bigger picture, put things into larger context, then drew a conclusion. Would you potentially go easier on yourself, destress a little and make room for some positivity in what may feel like a negative time. Most people, including myself can be found guilty of dwelling on the negatives in a moment of stress and let it over shadow and otherwise positive day.
The proof is in the pudding...try it! Next time you are feeling a little overwhelmed or that the walls are closing in, just take a step back and think back to your last positive experience. Even just taking a few moments to adjust your perspective on the current situation can be enough for you to put the monkey brain back in its cage and use your human brain to better effect.