How To Remain Positive At All Times (Tips From A Therapist)

One of the secrets to living a happy life is to stay positive at all times. Unfortunately, there are several challenges that you may encounter when it comes to achieving this. Whether you like it or not, you will always find yourself in a compromising situation where staying positive may become a struggle. Do not worry because you can do something about this. In today’s article, we are going to share some strategies and tips on how to attract positivity in your life. All these techniques came from a therapist.




Here are some of the smart ideas that you have to consider:


See The Good In Everything


Are you aware that in every single thing that happens in your life, there is always something good that comes out of it? What you need to do is to make an effort to recognize anything advantageous or beneficial on your part because the said situation took place. Stop wallowing in sadness just because you were not able to accomplish what you wanted. Instead, believe that it happened for something higher and better is coming your way. Be patient so that you can soon reap the right things.


Be With Positive People


Cliché as it may sound but the line “Tell me who your friends are, and I’ll tell you who you are,” remains to be a fact. The kind of people you surround yourself with can influence you in so many ways. As such, it is best if you will try to make friends with like-minded individuals. Do not establish relations or connections with someone who will only contribute bad vibes and negativity in your life. The best or ideal thing to do is to get to know your friends and start choosing who among them carry positivity at all times.




Take A Break


Another strategy that you have to consider at this point is to learn when to take a break from everything that keeps you busy. Remember that life is short to waste it tiring and to exhaust yourself. If you believe that you are already overwhelmed with things to do in the office or your business, then do not hesitate to take a break. Go on a vacation with your family or have fun with friends. Do whatever it takes to bring joy in your life. Once this happens, it will be a lot easier for you to remain happy and energetic.


Stop Being Sensitive


One of the vital things that you have to remind yourself continually is to stop overreacting about every single situation that you encounter. Keep in mind that you can always become in control of how you can react in every situation. Never allow anyone or anything to make you lose your temper or hurt you in any way. Take note that you do not have to be sensitive. What is essential at this point is to remain strong so that nothing can ever shake you. Practice mindfulness so that you can also learn how to control yourself in varying situations.


Be Kind To Others


If you want to attract more happiness and positivity in your life, then be sure to practice kindness wherever you go. Make an effort to be polite and kind to everyone surrounding you. We understand that it is not an easy thing to do, especially when other people are ungrateful or selfish. However, everything will be worth it the moment you learn how to spread kindness like confetti. Keep in mind that the more you share your compassion to everyone, the more you will bring in positive vibes in your life.




Take Care Of Yourself


If there is one essential thing that you have to prioritize in life, it is finding ways to take good care of yourself. Stop making excuses for not loving who you are and maintaining everything about you. It is okay to be vain at times if it means increasing your self-confidence and self-esteem. Keep in mind that feeling better about yourself and understanding who you are can help a lot in adding good vibes to your day-to-day life. Learn how to appreciate everything about you so that you can start to feel good in your life.


As already emphasized above, life is too short to worry about things that are not worth it. Learn how to be happy and positive with the tips mentioned above. Make sure to continue to choose positivity over negativity. It can be hard at times, which is why you need to keep going until everything feels better in your life.


Working With My Syrinx And Chiari, I’m Not Giving Up

I was your regular healthy guy who was active, sporty, living a normal happy life with my family and fiancée.   It never occurred to my mom or me that I got this abnormality up inside my head.  I didn’t feel anything strange growing up.  Not until the day when while on my way home from work, I felt dizzy that ends up like this throbbing pain in my head.



Misdiagnosed As A Migraine

A headache can mean nothing serious or something serious.   It is a symptom caused by many factors from dehydration, hunger, stress, to brain injury.

My headache stayed for days to the point that it became unbearable.  I dropped by the Urgent Care Center nearby and had it checked.  The attending physician tried to relieve the discomfort I was into, did some tests and questioning, and ensure me that it was nothing serious.  He gave me pills that I could take, list of things I should avoid, and asked me to keep track of the headaches.   But at that moment, he suspected it was just some case of a simple migraine.


What In The World Are Chiari And Syrinx? 

While at work, I got this throbbing headache again, like I wanted to vomit.  Then, I started to feel numb all over.  My officemates immediately noticed the change in my color.   I told them I feel like passing out and I did.   That moment, they immediately called 911.

In the ER, they did an x-ray, CT scan, spinal tap, and MRI.  I could hear the attending doctor telling the nurse it could be a case of stroke.  I started to get worried.  Hours later, the doctor came and she told me, it’s Chiari 1 Malformation.

What was that again?


Was My Brain Too Big Or My Skull Too Small?

The doctor got this picture of a brain and showed me how part of my brain was pushing out through the opening at the base of my skull, putting pressure on my brain stem and the spinal cord.  This is what causes the headaches, numbness, nausea, and my recent passing out spell.



And There’s More, Syringomyelia

With another run of MRI, they found syrinx or a cyst that is filled with fluid in my spinal cord.  The doctor said that it might get big, could cause damage to my spinal cord, and give me difficulty in my daily living in the long term.  Since it was caused by protrusion of my brain tissue, they recommend that I undergo surgery.


Doctors Split Up My Skull

My life drastically changed overnight.  There were things I was not allowed to do.  I could not go to the gym, do strenuous exercises, and have night outs.  I was asked to slow down a bit so as not to put more pressure on my spine.  It is not the life I’m used to, and it’s kind of depressing.


After weeks of deep thinking, I told myself, why not give it a go.  I let the doctor open up my skull, remove part of its base to enlarge the opening.   The goal of the surgery is to reduce the pressure on my brain and spinal cord and allow the normal flow of the spinal fluid.  The doctors are also hoping that it would resolve or improve the status of my syringomyelia.


Surgery Didn’t Work

Surgery was not always a success, something went wrong that decompression failed, so it has to be redone at another hospital.  The doctors succeeded this second time.  But with further monitoring, the surgery was unable to restore the normal flow of the cerebrospinal fluid, so the syrinx is still there.

It’s been months since my surgery.   The recovery is very slow, but the symptoms are improving.  I’m determined to get my life back, so I won’t give up on hoping even if it would mean another surgery.


I Found Out I Have Chiari Malformation: Wait, What?

I am on my mid-30s, and as of this age, we are all expecting to have a little weirdness in our body. However, mine was a little too extreme for me. I came to the point where I suspect myself of dying from cancer. I thought of several diseases that could be causing the suffering I am feeling. Continue reading “I Found Out I Have Chiari Malformation: Wait, What?”

Establish Mindfulness: What Is Arnold Chiari Malformation?


All of us has had a headache in our lifetime. It could be a signal of stress, lack of sleep, hunger, or other medical health conditions such as the Arnold Chiari Malformation. Some of us may be clueless of this condition as we don’t even know it existed. The symptoms could be mistaken for other medical conditions, and the only way to identify it accurately is by seeking a professional opinion. Continue reading “Establish Mindfulness: What Is Arnold Chiari Malformation?”

Arnold Chiari Malformation, Diabetes Mellitus, And Vertigo: Which Is Which?

It is difficult to confirm whether you have Chiari malformation or not because its symptoms are common among many diseases such as diabetes and vertigo. The only way you can find out for sure is to consult your health care provider as you have to undergo some tests including MRI or a CT scan. Continue reading “Arnold Chiari Malformation, Diabetes Mellitus, And Vertigo: Which Is Which?”

Advice For Parents Of Kids Suffering From Arnold Chiari Malformation

My best friend’s daughter, Paula, was discovered to have Arnold Chiari Malformation when she was 5. This means that the back portion of her brain has been pulled down to the base of her skull and into her upper spinal canal.


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Treatment Options For Adults With Arnold Chiari Malformation

Arnold Chiari Malformation is usually developmental, meaning that they are formed as the body develops before birth. Many Chiari patients, though, don’t present with symptoms until they reach adulthood. They also don’t receive treatment until they are older. But for those with symptomatic malformations but have unsuccessfully to non-surgical treatments, there are several tested and proven surgical treatments available.


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