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We previously highlighted the power of the mind in moderating our emotions when facing a difficult situation with a negative situation - resulting in optimal health (psychological, physical, etc.) and performance. A very helpful model to look at is the upward and downward spirals of emotion. If we carefully examine this, we can deduce that the way we perceive and emotionally react to situations (either in a positive or negative manner) can have a great impact on our overall mental state and life. Let’s look at what thought patterns to avoid: