It’s not exactly a secret that your thought patterns can have a significant effect upon your quality of life. Today we’re going to have a look at ways to steer them in the right direction. No guru required.
For starters, if you’re currently feeling very anxious, stressed, down or depressed, make your first port of call a check-up and assessment with your local GP. Don’t tell yourself to ‘snap out of it’, be kind to yourself and make an appointment today.
If you’re feeling less under the weather, try some of these ideas instead:
- Start writing down things that went well during your day – say, three to five things, every evening. This can shift your state of mind towards looking for good stuff, and away from worrying or annoying things.
- Enjoy some comedy. A TV show, a live show, a podcast, or time spent with a funny friend.
- Quieten the mind. Again, no guru required at all, just five minutes or more spent letting your thoughts float by, and concentrating upon your breathing might be all you need. There are even free meditation apps for your smartphone – try the Calm app for natural sounds with the option of guided meditation over the top.
There are lots of books to try reading on the subject too. I’m inclined to say look for ones written by people who are well qualified, experienced and up to date with good quality research. Mindfulness is an interesting subject area, for example.
What’s happening here?
I’m going to get back into the habit of taking a pre-tea-break-break in the afternoons, just a few minutes each day to unwind completely and focus any scattered thoughts.
What are you going to try?