What to do when you need an attitude adjustment

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  1. Hi Laura, I am so prone to get cranky like you described. Looking back, I feel like I acted quite childish. But I’m learning that praising God in song is the golden ticket. When I take my eyes off my own inconveniences and focus on praise, my whole body exhales.

  2. Stop spying on me, Laura 🙂 Seriously, yesterday was such a day. This whole week really, and it makes me feel silly because all around me some very serious tragedies and difficulties have been happening to others. I have no reason to be in a bad mood, but with the hottest week on record in Anchorage (and no a/c), working upstairs all week (hottest room in the house) on a home improvement project, and monthly hormonal fluctuations, I found myself snapping at kids, crying about things that didn’t deserve tears, and throwing a couple of grown-up temper tantrums. In front of my kids.

    I loved the three steps. You’re so right about checking yourself physically. When I realized that the heat and time of the month were taking a toll, it helped put things into perspective. Honestly, I’m still struggling a little but your post reminded me that I haven’t listened to much praise music lately, just some podcasts and audio books. It’s time!! God bless you for your timely message!

    1. We all have those days, right?!? I do like audio books! I’ve found that a good mystery, suspense, and/or some kind of “clean” fiction is a great distraction and keeps me from dwelling on things I need to stop thinking about. Also makes something mundane like cleaning go a little faster. Thanks so much for sharing Jaime!

  3. Great advice! Along the lines of changing focus, one thing I’ve had to do is tell myself to stop feeding the fire. I can get stuck on how wrong or frustrating or unfair something was, then my mood gets even worse. The best way to get rid of wring thoughts is to replace them with other thoughts, so intentionally focusing on Scripture, hymns, a book, even watching a funny video for a few minutes helps reset my focus.

    1. I agree Barbara! I can easily get caught up in adding fuel to the fire. It helps me to have a conversation with God and tell Him I’m giving it to Him, but I need His help to let go of it. Thanks for your comment!

  4. Great practical post, Laura! I was blessed to have been raised by a mom who reminded me almost daily that, “You always have a choice!” In the moment, I hated hearing it, but she was right. We can choose how we respond to our circumstances. Your tips help us make the right choice!

  5. Great suggestions here Laura! All 3! The first is so practical but often overlooked. Elijah’s example teaches us to pay attention to the physical causes of emotional/spiritual lows. And gratitude and worship have been two of my favorite tools for finding strength and encouragement when I become discouraged. Lovely post!

  6. Love these tips, Laura! Dr. Charles Stanley calls it the HALT principle, which I think of often: Take a minute when you’re hungry, angry, lonely, or tired. Also especially love what you said about praise being something that comes in the before and during, not just after. Gonna remember that one. 😉

  7. Hi Laura, I found your post especially helpful right from the title. Admitting I even need an attitude adjustment is hard for me! Your comments on changing focus hit home for me. It is easy to become super focus on the difficulties before me or something someone said that I didn’t like. Changing my focus helps me begin to adjust my attitude!

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