Everybody gets bogged down by stress from time to time.
And while study after study confirms that stress negatively affects physical health, it can be overwhelming and practically impossible to remove all stressors from our lives. After all, we can't control certain facts of reality, like the need to have a job to pay bills and care for our families.
But there's one thing we can control — our attitude.
Keeping a positive attitude not only helps reduce stress, it lets the best parts of our personality shine.
Take it from Dr. Mamata Majmundar, a family medicine physician with Lexington Clinic who is celebrated by patients and colleagues for her warmth and positivity.
She says that focusing on the positive aspects of your life and having a good attitude are key ingredients not only to her own professional success, but the lives of her patients as well.
"I really try to help people live the best life they can live with the problems that they have," Majmundar said. An Eastern Kentucky native, she completed her undergraduate studies at Transylvania University before enrolling in medical school at the University of Louisville.
"I really try to focus on the positive things my patients have going on with their health and encourage them to focus on family and friends," she added. "Some people just need to remind themselves to slow down and do something they enjoy."
MAKE SMALL CHANGES
Majmundar says it helps to take a look at your current circumstances and ask yourself what small ways you can change your day that works for you, a habit Majmundar practices in her own life.
"My day is quite challenging," she said. "I don't really have a set lunch break or time I can leave, so I bring my lunch to work and I bring snacks."
Some days, she struggles to find anytime at all to eat her lunch; but even then, she has a strategy for staying positive.
"I can take five minutes when I can close my door and just breathe and just think about eating my food" she said. "Even though everything is going on around me, I can take a minute for myself.
"Every day can be a challenge, but there are so many things I have to be thankful for," she said. "Every day is a new day."
Majmundar says having a positive attitude is key to a healthy work environment with others, as well.
"I can't do my job without my staff — and we feed off each other," she said.
"A lot of times we can tell if someone might be stressed or if they have some other issues going on and they're not able to focus," she said. "I always ask ‘Is there anything I can do to help you? Do you need to take a few minutes to go sit in the car and just kind of relax and calm down?'"
Majmundar added that it is important to look for the positive in every scenario.
"If someone's running late, well, I'm glad they weren't in a car accident," she said. "I'm glad I'm still able to see them."