One: Be Grateful
This is probably one of the most important things to do to put yourself on a positive frequency for the day. When its either the beginning of the day, during a time of frustration, or whenever you need to feel better you should say thank you. But do not just say it. You need to feel it! You need to allow yourself to enjoy the things you have in life, and be thankful for them. Be thankful for any problems that occur in your day. There is always a lesson to be learned so take a second to appreciate it.
I have been over the importance of smiling in my post ‘Smile’. Basically, you make your brain happy when you smile. Even if you are forcing a smile your brain will still produce the hormones that are released when your happy. Its a trick that you can use at anytime, anywhere, and with anyone.
Laughing has similar, if not better, affect on your brain that smiling does. One of the most amazing things that I have learned about laughing is that it actually increases your immune system. ‘The Secret’ by Rhonda Byrne shares a story about a man who essentially cured himself of cancer by laughing. Whether you believe that or not, is completely up to you but no one can dispute that it makes you feel better! Check out my post ‘Laugh at Least Once a Day‘ for more information.
Four: Take a Deep Breath
So simple right? Breathe. We do it all day every day and never really think about it. Taking a deep breath increases the amount of oxygen in your body, and triggers the parasympathetic nervous system. This is your ‘rest and digest’ function in your body, and is essentially saying ‘we are OK its time to relax’. In yoga and mediation they encourage you to focus on your breathe. This puts you in the correct state of mind to focus on relaxing. Check out my post “Lets all Take a Deep Breath” for the benefits of this simple function.
Five: Do one thing a day towards your goal
This is how successful people develop. They find what they want, set a goal to achieve it, and do one thing everyday towards that goal. Even if you only have a few minutes between appointments or you are tired from a long day at work. Taking the time everyday to work towards what you want is the best way to achieve it. This can be something as simple as writing an idea down that will help you in your future plans. But whatever it is make it a habit to always improve.
Writing these blogs are my one thing everyday towards a better me. I always have to be positive when I write these and so far I have had a blast! I use all of these techniques in my everyday life. It makes me feel better even on days I am having a rough day. So before you allow yourself to fall into getting truly angry over something take a few seconds to practice one of these steps.