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How To Cheer Yourself Up Fast - Quickly Even!
The times when you need cheering up are those times when you find yourself duplicating Eeyore, when everything and everyone is a bother. When things are going well it is easy to be cheerful, it is a bit of a challenge however to be cheerful when things are headed in the other direction. We often chew problems over and over in our minds looking for something we may have missed in order to find a solution. Setting your mind to chewing is as effective as tackling concrete with your teeth, it gets you absolutely nowhere. This, of course, reinforces the "Why Bother?" or the "Oh Bother". When you find yourself in this state it will serve you to cheer yourself up and fast.
The reason to bother is that in order for you to be solution oriented rather than problem fixated you need to be in a mood level of cheerful or higher. Cheerful is the opposite of dreary and chewing on the same problem over and over and over can certainly cause one to feel dreary. The only thing that I have ever witnessed looking even remotely happy going around and around on the same old wheel is a hamster. Hanging on to your problem is not the solution. If you are going to get anywhere close to solving your problem or at least getting a different perspective of it you are going to have to hit cheerful on your way up and out.
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Getting into harmony with your environment is a simple way to cheer yourself up. Just look around you and find two things that you like and then chose the one you like best. Keep repeating that process until you feel your mood start to rise and you find yourself feeling friendlier towards your environment and the people in it.
Listening to children's music is another good method to employ. Children's music is chock full of cheerfulness and simple catchy tunes. These tend not only to stick with you for awhile as you find yourself singing the ditties they also produce pleasant mental images that are far more positive than the images your attention to your problem produces. Your vision is the software for your mind, the more positive the image the more positive the outcome. Music is a great mood enhancer but children's music is best for cheering yourself up. Adult songs tend to be of the aching heart variety or they remind you of a time when you went out with so and so and it ended badly. What you want your mind to do for you is to produce positive images. Positive images bring you into alignment with positive moods.
If you feel you need to relax, grab a coloring book and a box of crayons. It is impossible to color and feel anxious at the same time. It's a simple matter of physics - two things can not occupy the same space at the same time.
In the spirit of play you can make your problem huge, way bigger than you and then you can shrink it down to a dot. Making it bigger and larger puts you in charge of the problem rather than the problem controlling you. It is akin to looking at the problem from both ends of a pair of binoculars.
On your way up to cheerfulness you will go through several moods. When you are busy mentally chewing on a problem you are not present in your environment you are elsewhere. As you make a conscious decision to cheer yourself up the first thing that will happen is that you will be here, now. You begin to feel more composed and as you continue you will begin to feel more secure in your ability to cheer yourself up. This will cause you to feel uplifted and as you persist you intention to cheer yourself up will gain strength. You can feel this happening as you go, it is to your mood as going up a ladder is to your body. You are starting to climb out of the hole. You will begin to feel a sense of satisfaction and then encouragment and before you know it you will have cheered yourself up. If you keep right on going you will begin to feel more focused and should you choose to continue to climb up the mood ladder you will find yourself feeling if not excited then at least optimistic.
Right there at optimism you are ready to get out of your head and into your life. A few more steps up that ladder and you will be at the top in no time as you move through feeling creative, then confident and then playful. "Come to me as little children." Once you hit that place where you feel a desire to expand your space rather than to disappear back into your mind as you contract you will be able to see the truth of the situation. At that point you can make a decision as to what positive actions you can take to solve the problem or if it is one of those problems you simply need to let go. It is amazing how many times we get into these mental states over something that is not even our problem to begin with.
It is impossible to have a positive outcome from a negative mind set and corresponding mood. So if that problem you were chewing on is that important then it is equally important that you cheer yourself up before you tackle it.
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