I come at last to the end of the AJC article about “staying positive” in the workplace. The article was written for workers in jobs to give them real world skills that they can use to improve their workplace. (AJC, 9/13/20, H1) I think the advice works well for any of us in any place…neighborhood living, home life, church work, volunteer organizations, extended families, work. The final bit of advice that Monster.com offers to help you turn a negative environment to a more positive one is this: Exercise and Pray (meditate). After all, we are both body and spirit…and both need our attention. Taking good care of yourself is important if you are to be able to love and serve others.
Here is a quote from Monster.com: “Exercise is one of the most effective ways to improve motivation and mood levels.” That should get you up and going! When we are physically active endorphins are released and we feel better. Walking for just 12 minutes, a study at Iowa State University found last year, is a powerful mood booster. Exercise fights off depression, increases energy levels and is healthy for our heart and muscles. When I walk the dog around the block I find myself humming or singing after only 300 yards. It just happens. It works!
The article in the Jobs section adds this “in addition to exercise, meditation and mindfulness, exercises can reduce aggression, irritability and anger according to research.” Go ahead, google and practice a few mindfulness exercises and you’ll immediately benefit. As Christians, we are a people of prayer…so slow it down. Pause, reflect, focus your thoughts and hopes on God and call to mind the many blessings that are yours. Pray without ceasing. Breathe in peace and breathe out love. Exercise and pray to make it a better you, a better workplace, a better everyplace.