Tuesday, May 7

It’s impossible to have a positive outlook all of the time, but if you find yourself focusing on the negative more than the positive, there are things you can do to help. And a positive outlook can help improve depression, anxiety, and more.

A recent study looked at a group of people who were caregivers for a loved one with dementia. This is an extremely stressful job, especially when you are taking care of someone you care about. But they were able to improve their outlook through a series of skills that can help you cope and stay positive.

This article from NPR details the five-week course to learn the skills that help develop a positive outlook even in the most stressed-out scenarios.

No one is saying you can’t be sad or upset, but there are things you can do to help you manage the tough times in your life. The participants in this study used eight skills to help them change their outlook, including identifying one positive in each day, keeping a gratitude journal, setting a daily goal, and reframing a stressful event. Read the article for info on each of these and the other skills they learned.

Also check out It’s All Good Here. This website is designed to help you work on having a more positive outlook. You CAN train your brain to be more positive!

“Research shows that when people are in a "positive brain" state they are 31% more productive, 3 times more creative, 37% more successful at sales, and among doctors, 19% faster and more accurate in medical diagnoses, than if they are in "a negative, neutral or stressed brain" state.” - It’s All Good Here, from the book The Happiness Advantage

A Native American legend tells of an old Cherokee Indian who teaches his grandson that inside all people, a battle goes on that is symbolized by two fighting wolves. One wolf represents negativity, anger, sadness, stress, guilt, shame, worry, fear, embarrassment and hate. The other wolf represents positivity, joy, gratitude, peace, hope, fun, inspiration, awe, and most importantly, love.

The grandson thinks about this for a minute, then asks his grandfather, "Which wolf wins?"

The grandfather replies, "The one you feed."

Workout for Tuesday, May 7
Overhead Complex
15 min to Build to Heavy Complex
2 Push Press + 2 Push Jerks
*Working out of a rack.

For Time:
Burpees Over the Barbell
Sit Ups

CrossFit 616