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- Understand the nature of emotions. We all want to be happy, which is our home base. But just like the weather changes from day to day, from hot to cold, from sunny to cloudy, so too do our feelings. The key here is knowing that difficult emotions will pass, just like rain clouds do across the sky. Just because you feel bad today doesn't mean you will feel bad tomorrow. So go with the flow, feel your feelings and then watch them fade away.
That said, if you find yourself stuck feeling the same emotion day after day, can't feel anything at all or find your feelings rapidly changing over the course of a day, it might be time to see your doctor or talk to a mental health professional.
- Breathe. Breathing isn't something we have to think about doing, but have you ever noticed how your breathing changes when you feel stressed, upset or anxious? Focusing on taking a couple of full, deep breaths can often help you calm down and get focused.
You can train yourself to make this second nature. When ever a phone, door bell or electronic device rings, buzzes or makes a sound, use the sound as a cue to remind yourself to breathe deeply.
- Have a mantra. Before I knew I had dysautonomia, I often had episodes where I all of a sudden didn't feel well. It was easy to get worked up and start thinking the worst about my situation, but this didn't help me cope very well. So one day I decided to repeat this phrase to myself whenever I had an episode: 'I am good, I am fine, I'm O.K.' With practice, this mantra helped get a handle on my symptoms and not let them reduce me to a quivering, helpless mess.
- Choose a theme song. Nothing seems to cheer me up more than listening to my favorite music. So I took that concept one step further and decided that my life needed a theme song--a song that could pick me up, keep me motivated and remind me of what I am trying to get out of life. Click play below to hear my all-time favorite theme song...
Could You Be Loved? – Bob Marley and the Wailers
So for example: I want to be a successful blogger. My mantra is Enjoy each moment. I enjoyed a good conversation with my husband during dinner.
All it takes is three sentences a day to keep me focused on my goals, in touch with sacred counsel and grateful for the good things in my life.