4 Strategies to improve how you feel

If you’re bogged down in negative emotions or stressed and overwhelmed, maybe it’s time to take a step back and refocus.  Usually when you feel stressed, angry, upset or sad, you do so for good reason. If that’s the case, you may need to make a more conscious effort to build positive experiences into your life.

  1. Do pleasant things today. Don’t underestimate the power a few immediate positive experiences will have on your mood and emotions. Schedule at least one thing a day that makes you feel good. It could be anything:  a phone call with a friend, listening to music, exercising, eating food you love, lighting candles or being alone.
  2. Make long term changes that will bring more positive events. Set goals of positive things you want and the small steps towards those goals. Again, schedule the small steps into your daily life.  Pay attention to the people around you. Make sure to keep your relationships strong or build or repair relationships, if you have conflict in your life.  Don’t give up.
  3. Focus on positive experiences.  Emotions last only a few seconds. However thinking about and focusing on events can keep those emotions around for much longer.  Notice if you tend to focus on the negative.  If that’s the case, refocus on the positive events in your life.
  4. Let go of worrying. If you notice yourself worried about problems in your life, what is expected of you or all you need to do, let it go. Refocus back onto the positive aspects of your life and the goals you have set for yourself.

Don’t let negative emotions and stress take over your life. If you have good reason to feel bad, take a look at what’s making you stressed and make some positive changes.

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2 Replies to “4 Strategies to improve how you feel”

  1. In the book by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Women Who Run with the Wolves, there is a beautiful story that illustrates the action of letting go of just one thing when you feel you have too much to do. It is called “Three Gold Hairs.” The image from this story can be useful and soothing, when you need a boost to relieve stress.

  2. Hi, Christy,

    How are you? My name is Shawn Hansen and I am the sports/entertainment journalist for the VP. I saw your article about how to survive the holidays and think its pretty good. How long have you been writing for the ‘Patriot? And, I see you’re a freelance writer too. What papers are you a freelance writer for? I’m a freelance journalist for the Billerica Minuteman, Bedford Minuteman, Tewksbury Advocate, and Wilmington Advocate, but freelance for the Billerica Minuteman.

    Shawn Hansen

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