We’ve been looking at the effects of thinking on our feelings and health. Check out this recent article on how positive feelings affect cardiovascular health as well.
Imagery and positive thinking are great, then again, I don’t know about you, but sometimes I just need to feel better now!!!
The first step is to become aware of your feelings. A psychologist colleague of mine, Dr. Frank Tornatore, suggested doing frequent “check-ins” to scan your body and emotions. If any negativity or stress is found, then stop for a moment to intervene (with the relaxation response, progressive relaxation, or deep breathing exercise) or re-evaluate thoughts as necessary, then turn it around before the feeling goes further…like so you are not a ticking time bomb of stress!
Then check out and carry on in a better path. “Check in and check out,” he says…frequently.
So HOW do you stop and turn around adverse feelings, thoughts, emotions, etc.?
Well here’s something cool. Recently, someone gave me an audiobook by Kevin Trudeau called, “Your Wish is Your Command” in which he states we all have a genie within us to get what we want by sending out good vibrations, among other things. Really? It’s controversial! There was some valuable information in this work, but personally, I lean toward prayer and goal-setting and accountability…every day!
However, I did like chapter 8 when Kevin talked about a list of 20 ways to FEEL BETTER NOW.
He had some great practical tips on how to improve your mood and feelings, so you will begin to feel better, even quickly. It inspired me to start a little garden and even to play Mozart on the piano for the first time in almost 20 years. Bet you didn’t know I could do that, eh? I was a closet pianist in my younger days, LOL 🙂
So here’s the list…I’m going to share it with you today before our next series on how FOODS affect your moods. Let me know which ideas are your favorites, I’d love to hear from you!
Think healthy, eat healthy, and stay well!