5 Tips To Have A Better Day

5 Tips To Have A Better Day
We all experience times in life where we feel things are not going well. No one is happy with those small moments when traffic is not moving and we’re running late, or when our kids won’t listen, or when things feel out of control at work. We are further affected by those larger-scale moments when we get earth-shattering bad news or experience a painful loss.

As a psychotherapist who regularly offers herself as a shoulder to cry on and a resource for people in need, I spend many hours each day hearing about people’s struggles, sadness, fears, anger and pain. I am frequently asked how it is that I can take in so many emotionally heavy experiences and still manage to embrace happiness and positivity in a meaningful way. The truth is that sometimes it’s not easy to transition from deep, emotional conversations or experiences into an upbeat and positive mood.An emotional makeover involves taking a situation, feeling or mood and altering it from a negative into a positive. You can take negative experiences for what they are—upsetting moments in time—and decide to makeover your mood. While you have no power over the day-to-day irritations, let alone life’s huge traumas, you do have control over how you respond and react. Here are some tools to help you do just that.

* Evaluate Your Perspective

Ask yourself if you’re reading into things, jumping to conclusions or exaggerating the situation. For example, you run into a friend and she seems short with you and distracted. If you decide she is mad at you or doesn’t like you as much as she once did, and you don’t have facts to back that up, you may be causing your own emotional downer. Instead, reach out to that friend. Call or send a text saying, “It was great seeing you,” or “I miss you, let’s make plans,” or “I meant to tell you I loved your hair today.” Send a message of positivity as a way to connect and see if some positivity comes back your way.

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* Stay in the Present

Did something happen to you before that is multiplying the intensity of this situation? You ask your partner to do something around the house, and your partner didn’t do it...again. If you start to think about all of the times that he or she has neglected to do what you requested, you’re experiencing this emotional drag. Instead, take a breath and treat this incident as an isolated one, as if it has happened just this one time, and let your emotions reflect that one experience. Next, remind yourself of what you like about your partner. Once you have done both of these, you can calmly approach your partner to discuss the issue.

* Move Your Body to Change Your Mood

Did your child act up, leaving you in a frustrated state? Did you have a bad day at work and get home feeling like it is still affecting your mood? If you continue to dwell on that negative experience, you’ll be spending the next several hours or days in an emotional pull-down. Do something physical that you enjoy to help pull yourself out of that mood. Put on headphones and take a walk, chop a bunch of vegetables or fruits to prepare a meal, lift weights, garden, unload the dishwasher.

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* Make the Most of Your Downtime

Do you find yourself thinking about all of the things that you have to do while you are supposed to be relaxing, resting and recharging over the weekend or in bed? This kind of badly timed emotional distress and rumination not only affects your mood, it also deprives your body and mind of the downtime it needs. Find a place to lie down, promise yourself you’ll think about these stressful things at a more appropriate time, close your eyes, and listen to your breathing. Picture the most beautiful or peaceful place that you can and start to think about what you love about it in as much detail as possible. This will shift your focus onto something positive and calming.

* Seek Warmth

Initiate a hug, cuddle up in a blanket, soak in a hot bath, walk outside and stand in the sun if you feel cold, tense or wound up. These warming acts will serve to calm your negative emotions and lift a bad mood.
5 Tips To Have A Better Day 5 Tips To Have A Better Day Reviewed by MuftGyan Guruji on April 10, 2020 Rating: 5

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