Silver linings (February Wellness Challenge)

February 1 to 28, 2019

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FebWC_squareChallenge 40 (February 2019)
Goal:  Silver linings
When: Every day in February
Dimensions: emotional

Dental school is a high-stress environment, and that stress can bring out the worst in you or your peers.  Sometimes a simple misunderstanding or a bad day can ruin our feelings toward someone or something. One of the most important components of staying emotionally well is maintaining perspective on those moments.  

French artist Henri Matisse once said, “There are always flowers for those who want to see them.”
This month’s challenge asks you to look for the positives in a negative situation. Being positive doesn’t mean ignoring challenges or avoiding difficult conversations. It means being open to another person’s perspective or focusing on something you can learn from a confrontation or unpleasant situation. Looking for the silver lining can distract you from feelings of rejection, injustice or hurt. It also creates a learning opportunity.

For this challenge, write down one positive thing per day about something or someone that upsets you. Perhaps there’s a classmate you don’t get along with. Try to see their perspective, and write down one good thing about them. Perhaps you’re upset with yourself over a mistake or action. Balance out negative self-talk by giving yourself credit for something good you’ve done. This is a private exercise, so you don’t have to share it with anyone. Identifying the silver lining can help you work through negative feelings and come out feeling better and less stressed.

Read more about emotional wellness.

Next steps: 
  • RSVP to our challenge event on Facebook.
  • Throughout February, write down one positive thing per day about something or someone that you dislike or something that upset you. Look for the silver lining to take focus away from your own disappointment or anger.   
  • Share your thoughts on social media with #BeWellASDA