Appreciate what you have.
The simplest of my most commonly used pick-me-ups.
I take about 2 minutes and sit or stand in silence. I tell myself: OK, I might not
feel so good right now, but what can I be grateful for and appreciate in my life?
I usually come up with one simple thing. My tasty food. My health. That I have a
That one thing opens up my mind. It redirects my thoughts from the negativity.
Then I build upon that one thing. I make mental jumps from the roof, to the
warmth in our home, to the fluffy cat sitting beside me on the sofa, to that I can
work from home as the rain pours outside.
I make those small mental leaps by just moving my attention around in the room I
am in. Like skipping from stone to stone over a stream. And I take the time to
slowly appreciate all those things.
This changes my mood to a happier, more warm and open one.
Act as you would like to feel.
Emotions work backwards too. So if I want to become more positive or
enthusiastic then I act in the manner of a person who is positive or enthusiastic.
I may not feel like it. But I do it as best as I can anyway. I think of the task I have
in front of me as something exciting and fun. I may answer some emails or talk to
someone in a positive and enthusiastic manner.
If I feel unmotivated or nervous before some kind of meeting I may assume
rapport (I think to myself that I am meeting one of my best friends just before the
meeting and that puts me in the right mood and headspace).
If I feel negative and indecisive or just sort of stuck in in-action then I work out.
30-40 minutes with my free weights melts away tension and stress from my body.
It recharges me and my focus becomes much sharper and it becomes easier once
again to make decisions and to take action to move forward.
The change in mood and headspace after a workout can be pretty big in my
experience and the nice thing is that it works pretty much automatically. You only
have to show up and start working in out and things change.
Think for a minute and give someone a genuine compliment.
Here’s a fun one that I use quite often and that will not only lift my own mood.
Spend one minute coming up with something you really and genuinely appreciate
about someone in your life that is in the same room as you at some point during
the day. Then tell him or her the genuine compliment you have come up with.
She or he will be happy. You’ll feel good about yourself and get positive feelings
too from the now smiling, happy and complimented person. And so the mood for
the both of you is changed for the better.
Have an awesome day!
P.S: To add more habits that will help you to handle tough days and to inject
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