It happens to all of us. Bad circumstances leave us with a bad attitude. It could be triggered by a child who keeps challenging us, a broken down car, or dealing with a grumpy person.
Symptoms may be discouragement, anger, sadness, irritability, frustration, and more. At those times, you need to adjust and reset your attitude. You need to wipe those emotions away, and start over.
Here are SEVEN ways to reset your attitude:
1. Listen to good music.
When the kids were young, we always sang a Scripture song before breakfast. One morning, my daughter was struggling with a bad attitude. The Scripture song we sang that day was “In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God.” A couple hours later my daughter came to me and thanked me for singing Scripture with them daily. She went on to tell me that she’d been struggling with her attitude, and that song kept going through her head, till she just had to change it.
Music affects your spirit, and hymns and Scripture songs will renew a right spirit (good attitude) in you.
2. Grab a Bible verse to meditate on.
Choose one that encourages you, or helps you to speak truth to yourself. Often we have a discouraged spirit because we are believing lies. Choose truth to help you remember that God is in control, and that He can be trusted.
When I’m having a bad attitude, praying isn’t usually the first thing I think of doing. However, God cares about how I’m feeling.
He already knows our thoughts, complaints, fears, anger, etc. Go to Him and just pour it out. Tell Him everything you are feeling. Ask Him to give you His view, and to renew your spirit by His Spirit.
4. Talk to a Godly friend, who can relate to what you are feeling, but who will also encourage you.
Just talking to someone who is also in the midst of the same things you are, makes you feel better. Expressing your struggles and talking through them brings a bit of release. More importantly, a good friend will encourage you with the truth, and hope for your situation.
5. Go outside for a walk.
There’s something about being out in the fresh air that makes you feel better. Exercising will also work out some of the frustration you may be feeling. While you’re walking pray or listen to good music.
6. Read a book.
Reading will get your mind off what is upsetting you, and take your mind elsewhere. It will help you forget about the problems you are presently dealing with.
7. Get some rest.
When you are tired or fatigued, things always seem worse than they really are. Difficulties seem insurmountable. Small things seem overwhelming.
Sometimes the most spiritual thing you can do is TAKE A NAP! It will refresh not only your body, but also your spirit.
Perhaps you have little ones and can’t immediately just go and sleep; the next best thing would be to take a rest from the usual routine. Let some things go, and do something fun and relaxing with the kids. Slow down, and refuel.
Don’t give in to those attitudes, but purposefully choose to reset and renew your spirit!