Tried and tested research shows that we can rewrite our brains to capture and hold on to more happy feelings, moments and state of mind just by changing some of our unconscious negative thought habits and adopting some positive ones.
This takes a conscious effort and practice.. So
Start with a 14 Day commitment to yourself to adopt 3 simple habits, picking what suits or sits well with you
- Gratitude List
Everyone has probably heard of a Gratitude list, well at the end of every day, spend say 2 minutes and write down between 2-3 things you are grateful for that day. No huge feat, just something simple. Be specific so when thinking about family or friends, write what specifically (laughter, smile, the squeezes you got or the way they make you feel). Your brain which usually tries to protect from perceived threats will enjoy I’m sure having to search for the positives so don’t give up on your commitment for 14 days.
For those of you who need alone quiet time, every day for 14 days, just stop! Then you need to just breathe. Focus on your breathing in and out. Take a deep slow breath in through the mouth and exhale through the nose. Repeat this action 7 times. Your 7th set is slightly different. Here you should hold your breath at the end for 4 seconds. Then on your breath out do the same at the end of the breath hold for 4 seconds.
Sitting still is not for everyone, so those of you who prefer, find 10 minutes to engage in some daily cardio. Dance to your fav music, get your blood pumping and your heart jumping. Exercise produces your happy hormones and you feel great! Gardening is also a good one, very therapeutic. If you have kids who have a trampoline and you have no shame, good for you, go for it, get on and jump!
For those with a dog, you know what to do…
- Stay Connected
Our social connections help us to maintain good health and wellbeing and can also improve our life expectancy. Keep in touch with friends and family, check in and see how they are, send a text, arrange to meet up for coffee, lunch or dinner. This may seem difficult if you are challenged in this area, but persevere.
Conversations only need last a couple of minutes but staying connected really improves feelings of positive wellbeing.
Practicing just these few actions daily will help you to find more easily just how much you have to be grateful for.
The aim is to continue after your initial two weeks, to stretch yourself a further 2 weeks and see the transformation in yourself.
Please try and enjoy.
Your feedback will be most welcomed.
Thank you, blessed Love x
“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” – J.K Rowling