13 Oct 5 simple ways to feel better; no matter what!
5 Ways to Feel Better Instantly, Regardless of What’s Bothering You
Simple techniques to elevate a bad mood and bring perspective to a down day.
BY JULIA SAMTON
Let’s face it-life is tough. Regardless of your circumstances, everyone faces personal and professional challenges. Even the most successful amongst us struggle. As Albert Einstein once said, “Do not worry about your difficulties in mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.” As human beings in the 21st century, we find ourselves constantly bombarded with harrowing news from the international world, while we struggle with our own uncertain political times. We are continually taunted by social media, cell phones, emails, and need-it-yesterday deadlines. In addition, we have our own hard wired internal distractions that keep us questioning and comparing ourselves to others and their accomplishments. With all of this noise, it is only natural that we have periods of suffering. I assure you- it is not just you-we all have periodic visits to the dark side. Here are five ways to pick yourself up, stay positive and head towards a better state of mind.
Take five. If you find your muscles getting tense and your mind wandering towards the negative, take a moment and press pause. You can do this anywhere-at your desk, at a meeting, or even on line at the bank. Start by taking three long breaths. Count to five during inhalation, pause for 2-3 seconds, and then count to five while you exhale. Pay attention to where you feel the breath the most. Perhaps it is when you feel the air enter your nose, when your abdomen expands, or as the air leaves your body. Wherever you feel it the most, pay attention to the sensation. Allow your breath to return to normal while you paying attention to the sensation. Do this for 3-5 minutes. Taking time to connect with your breath helps to lower levels of the stress hormone, Cortisol, and gives you the necessary time needed to regain perspective…
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