“When it rains, it pours. But that’s what umbrellas are for.” – Kristen Butler
Life is just like the weather. You can be feeling the positive flow one moment, and be caught in a rainstorm of negativity the next.
Even on the clearest, most beautiful day you can have a popup shower or huge storm. You can be like a weather expert and attempt to predict the forecast, but sometimes you just never know. That’s why it’s important to carry your umbrella. . . your “Optimism Umbrella”.
The “Optimism Umbrella” is just like a traditional umbrella, which protects you from harsh weather, except it protects you from the inside out. It keeps your mind clear and shields your soul. It’s important to consciously remember to carry this around, and know how to open it when dark clouds appear.
Here are 3 ways to open your optimism umbrella
During any storm of negative energy, the first thing you need to do is see the storm, and realize that even though you may be in the midst of the storm, you’ve got your umbrella with you and can stay dry, calm and collected. The first step to opening your umbrella however, is delivering oxygen to your brain to think.
Multiple studies have shown that taking time to focus on your breathing can drastically reduce negative energy in many different forms, including pain and stress. Not only does deep breathing in fresh air help reduce negativity, it’s also the most important element to your life. We couldn’t survive more than two minutes without breathing.
So take a few slow, steady, deep breaths in through the nose and out through the mouth. 4 counts in, 8 counts out. Verbally affirm that you are protected. You deserve to do this for yourself at least 10 times every day!
Don’t be afraid to jump in the puddles
Each sunny day in life brings new opportunities. But the stormy days bring new challenges. Luckily, these challenges have the ability to transform into opportunities for knowledge and personal growth. With the wrong attitude however, a small rain shower can quickly turn into a thunderstorm.
Find the best way to enjoy the moment and be grateful. Jump in the puddles or do your best Fred Astaire and sing in the rain. Life is not about what happens to you, it’s about what you do when life happens to you.
See the silver lining
As with any storm, realize that it’s going to eventually come to an end. Look for the rays of sunshine and hope. You will be in the light once again, and when you are, you’ll put away your umbrella until you need it next and be grateful for the experience.
There’s never a time your optimism umbrella can’t help you. Just open it up and allow it to aid you wherever you go.