1: Ask Yourself One Simple Question
Why are you feeling down? Why are you feeling guilty or ashamed? Sometimes it seems like your brain doesn’t want you to feel happy. Funnily enough, emotions like pride, shame and guilt can trigger our brain’s reward centre. So that is why it can be attractive to load ourselves up with these emotions.
Worry is also another thing that gives your brain a short term solution. If you are worrying about a problem, then at least you are doing something right? Of course worry, guilt and shame are horrible long term solutions as they raise your stress levels and never let you switch off.
What Can I Do?
Instead of letting these negative emotions take hold, ask yourself this one question…
What am I grateful for?
Gratitude increases the levels of dopamine (often labelled as the happiness chemical) in your brain. It also boosts your serotonin levels, helping to improve your mood. Thinking about all of the things you are grateful for forces you to focus on the positive aspects of your life. It can help pull you out of a funk in no time and is one of the best ways to be happy.
2: Put A Label On It
Sometimes negative thoughts can overrun your life. You end up feeling awful, all...the...time.
The simple solution? Label your emotions.
Yes, it is as easy as it sounds. Do you feel angry, frustrated, sad? The simple act of putting the emotion into words reduces the impact of it in your brain. Trying to suppress the emotion will not remedy the way you are feeling. But acknowledging it and labelling it allows your brain to process it.
3: Make a Decision
Have you ever angsted about something for a long period of time? How good did it feel to finally make a decision?
The simple act of drawing a line in the sand and making a decision will release your stress. It doesn’t even have to matter what the decision is, or if there will be a negative impact from it. Simply making a decision allows your mind to be at rest, and gives room in your brain for other more positive feelings.
Sometimes making a decision can be hard. With so many aspects to weigh up, it is almost impossible to make the perfect decision. So don’t make the perfect decision, make a decision that suits the situation. Trying to be perfect can be overwhelming and makes you feel like you don’t have control. Give your brain back the control by making a decision that is good enough, not necessarily perfect.
4: Touch People
I don’t mean touching them in a creepy way, we aren’t after that kind of happiness!
But touch is a sign of love and acceptance. When you feel like you don’t have these things, it can trigger feelings of sadness and disappointment. Touching someone you love can reduce pain. So, don’t be stingy on the hugs, hold hands, touch people on the shoulder to show affection, or be intimate with your significant other.
It is like the magic touch really. Magically touching someone, or being touched by someone you love can cure sadness.
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