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Arena Spotlight- 5 Ways of Dealing with Negative People

If we fill our heads and hearts with negativity, then there is no room for all the beauty and love that surrounds us. 5 great tips on how to cope with negative people.


rainbow_annie_brettell_driving_back_from_bristol“You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind.” ~Joyce Meyer

1. Recognize and accept their toxicity
First and foremost, it is important to identify and accept that someone we know is a negative person. This can be difficult, especially when the person is someone we care about. Either way, we must be careful not to allow their negativity to transfer onto us. We need to accept that negativity is toxic and will only breed more negativity. It is especially important to avoid complainers. People who complain have given up hope that their actions can make any difference. We must be careful not to enable complainers by always listening to their woes.

2. Stop playing savior and/or problem solver
As human beings, we are wired to connect. For most of us, it is in our nature to lend a compassionate ear to someone who is in need. We must be careful not to let ourselves fall into the…

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Arena Spotlight-Taming Our Monkey Minds

How to get right with your mind.

Thriving Under Pressure


Nature is a beautiful way to stop the monkey mind in its’ tracks.

When we’re caught up in stressful thoughts, our amygdala goes into overdrive. When we’re stressed out, we get stuck in the basement of our brain where our stressful thoughts go around and around and around..

Time in nature gives us a chance to catch our breath, to see the light, to realize there’s a way out of this never-ending rumination loop.

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The impact of nature on the human spirit is so profound that a hallmark study in 1984 showed that patients who had a room with a view healed faster than patients without a view. A mere glimpse of nature was enough to enhance their resilience.

Nature shifts our thoughts. Expands our awareness. Gives us hope. Lifts us up from the basement of our brains (amygdala) to the penthouse (cortex) where all solutions are possible.

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Arena Spotlight-Overcoming Feeling Inadequate


Simple yet thought provoking reminders of the imperfect beauty in all of us. Take a minute to read- you’ll be glad you did. 🙂


4-Breaking-Free.jpg“The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely.” ~C.G. Jung

1. Acknowledge your feelings
Before we can overcome feelings of inadequacy, we need to acknowledge that we feel this way. Do you feel like you are not enough? Do you feel like you can’t do anything right? If you feel this way, it’s ok. Just accept it. We can easily stay stuck in our denial. But, if we choose to ignore how we truly feel, we can never dismantle and reconstruct these feelings. Take a moment to explore the area in your life you feel is lacking.

2. Identify the source
Feeling inadequate often stems from negative messages we receive from other people. During childhood, we are especially vulnerable to adopting negative core beliefs. A negative core belief might be, “I am not worthy of love,” or “I will never be good enough.” Without receiving unconditional positive regard, we are likely to view our self-worth as conditional. If we value ourselves conditionally…

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