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From Sad to Happy in 10 Minutes
When Its You vs The World
Having one of those days where everything is going wrong and nobody seems to be on your side? You've woken up late, stubbed your toe, burnt your toast, missed the bus and just received notice that your bank account is overdrawn...
Sound familiar? We've all been there and had the feeling that we're being "kicked when we're down"
Having the blues seems to perpetuate more of the same and before you know it, life is more than you can handle and checking into a stress clinic for 5 days of sleep therapy seems like the most appealing future you have.
Here's a guide on how to turn your mood and your future around, in just a few minutes.
10 Tips to Getting Happy Back
- Get Moving! Pull on your walking shoes and go for a walk in a park in the sunshine. The combination of Vitamin D and the rush of oxygen through your system will have you feeling better in minutes. Even a walk in the parking lot outside of your office will have your senses heightened and your head cleared quicker than you think
- Tune In! Put your favorite song on the radio, kick off your shoes and dance - or sing along at the top of your lungs in your car (a 15 minute tea break can be very useful for this!) Music alters your brainwaves and positively alters your heart rate.
- Get Down to Earth! Take your shoes off and walk around on a patch of grass for a few minutes, then close your eyes and really feel the earthy beneath your feet and the sunshine / wind on your face - feel that? You belong here, everything is going to be ok!
- Get Laughing! Watch a quick YouTube video of your favourite comedian, or pop in a DVD you remember laughing to till you cried - your brain will remember how much you enjoyed in the first time and automatically switch gears.
- Remember How far You've Come! Write a list of everything you've achieved - ever. Remember when you won that first sprint in the 1st Grade or got your first A in an exam? When you reached the finish line in your first marathon or won an award for the best tea party hat at your office Christmas do....write it all down and revel in the wonder that is you.
- Remember the Good Times. Write a list of all your favourite people and all the great moments you've had together - there are bound to be more, either with those same people or with the new ones destined to cross your path.
- Eat Happy Food. A salad filled with low fat cheese, nuts and leafy greens will boost your immune system, your digestive health and your serotonin* levels. Add oily fish and oysters and you'll be giggling again in no time Biochemically derived from tryptophan, serotonin is primarily found in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, platelets, and the central nervous system (CNS) of animals, including humans. It is popularly thought to be a contributor to feelings of well-being and happiness.
- Get some Rest Your brain and body do their best balancing work when yu are asleep and not subjecting them both to continued elevations in stress and activity. If you're really feeling glum, go and have a nap and/ or get to bed a little earlier every night for a week.
- Change the Scenery A holiday is always first prize to rest and recuperate, but if that's not an option, make a little time every weekend to get out into a new area, park or sea scene. Just the shift away from your usual routine and view will allow you to develop a new perspective on what feels like a daily drudge.
- Get BodyTalk The most all encompassing of all the natural healing modalities, BodyTalk is designed to balance each of your neural processing centers, boost your immune system, improve concentration, balance hormones, release stress and tension and improve your body's resilience. One session will take years of stress off your shoulders and part the grey curtains in your mind
- Meditate Don't worry if you don't know how, just choose a quiet place filled with a peaceful light. Sit with your legs crossed, hands on your knees and focus on your breath and then "watch" the thoughts that pop into your head...listen to all the things you tell your self until the chatter starts to fade and you start to feel a sense of peace welling up from your heart centre - its there, I promise!
- Breathe! Stagnant breath and in your body holds onto stagnant toxins, thoughts and emotions. Sit down for s few minutes, place your feet on the ground, hip width apart and take in a few slow deep breaths, counting t 4 with each inhalation and then again with each exhalation....you'll feel the fog lift within minutes
- Push the Reset Button - Close your eyes and using your thumb and index finger of one hand, apply gentle pressure to your eyelids, while using the other to tap your head and breastbone...it may sound wacky but all your meridians converge behind your eyes, so applying this pressure is like sending a pulse down all your meridians causing them to re-calibrate. Tapping your head and breastbone allows your brain to focus its energy on the "shift" and to record the changes. If you are going through difficult times, do this 2 - 3 times a day, even whilst sitting on the loo and before you know it, you'll be laughing at matters that had you tearing your hair out before. To learn how to effectively do this and other general body balances on your own at home, sign up for a 1 day BodyTalk Access Class in your area, its worth it!
What Gives you the Blues? Identify the Culprint
Which area of your life most often gives you the grumbles and makes you feel down?
Things to Avoid If You have the "Blues"
- Fatty Foods
- Comparing Yourself to Others
- Darkened Rooms
- Artificial Light
- Energy Drinks like Red Bull & Monster
- People who make you feel judged or uncomfortable
- Reading articles on whats wrong with the world
- Tallying up your mistakes
- Lazing on the couch for hours or days