Right now, a lot of people want to feel happier, less anxious, calmer and generally to be able to cope better with these challenging times.
- Positive emotions have a broadening effect – they allow us to be intentional, creative and agile.
- Positive emotions have a building effect – when we broaden our perspectives and actions, we build lasting physical, intellectual, psychological and social resources – in other words, resilience.
- Dispute negative thinking – challenge your mental ‘catastrophes’
- Break rumination with a healthy distraction, like a crossword
- Work with a coach
- Use a mindfulness practice such as meditating, being in nature, or admiring a piece of artwork, or an absorbing hobby
- Reconstruct your day to avoid negative ‘land mines’ – circumstances that trigger negative emotions*
- Assess your media diet
- Stop gossip and sarcasm
- Find ways to deal with negative people
– modify the situation (e.g. behave differently)
– attend it differently (e.g. change your focus or perspective), or
– change what you make it mean (e.g. reframe/silver lining).
- Be sincere
- Find positive meaning
- Savour goodness
- Be grateful / keep a gratitude journal
- Perform an act of kindness
- Follow your passions
- Dream about your future/connect with your why/vision
- Use your strengths
- Connect with others
- Connect with nature
- Open your mind and heart
There are many easy-to-use practices that can help you to manage your emotions in difficult times, and to feel more positive. Which ones will you try this week?