Developing Positive Thoughts Through The Third Wave
“Whether you think you can, or you can’t, you’re probably right.”- Henry Ford
1. When faced with a problem, try to look at the facts without emotions because often it’s our emotional reaction to problems that creates the most distress. Being objective as possible will allow you think more clearly and discover solutions emotions can mask.
2. In a difficult situation, ask yourself if you can change anything and if the answer is yes, then take action (no matter how small) because this will empower you. If you can’t change anything, ask yourself how to accept the situation for what it is because this will enable you to spend less energy worrying. As a result, new solutions will often present themselves.
3. We underestimate the power of music which has the extraordinary power to change our mood and banish gloomy thoughts. Take time to curate a playlist of your favorite songs that bring joy and hit the replay button!
4. Feeding your senses with positive and beautiful sights and sounds will uplift your mood. Take time to look at nature, walk in the park or stare at magnificent buildings or better yet, visit art galleries. In the famous words of William Blake, a world-renowned artist, “We become that which we behold.”
5. Exercise is mental medicine. Taking time to exercise your body will calm your mind and release uplifting chemicals such as endorphins into your bloodstream. Endorphins are called ‘feel-good’ hormones, because they boost our mood and can make us feel quite ‘high’ on energy. You may not enjoy physical activity, or like the idea of going to the gym but any movement- be it taking a walk, running, dancing, yoga, weeding the garden or even vigorous housework can positively impact your mood.
6. Enhance your environment. This can be done by adding flowers to your living space; creating a relaxing atmosphere with candles or low lighting; or burning your favorite incense or essential oils such as jasmine, bergamot, rose or lavender.
7. Rest is crucial and most certainly underrated. A well-rested mind will produce creative solutions to whatever challenges that you face.
The Chinese character for 'crisis' has two meanings: 'danger' and 'opportunity'. When we are faced with danger, we can either be overwhelmed or seize the opportunity. Every crisis presents us with an opportunity to rethink the status quo and make adjustments where necessary.
Yours in Wellness,
Editor: Loise Machira
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