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The Power of Positivity

Caroline Hurley wellbeing practioner at Becalmed explains how to get through these troubling times using some clever tactics…

In this issue I want to discuss the power of positivity and how using a few simple techniques we can retrain our brain to be more positive, happy, and successful. The Isle of Wight is a beautiful place to live and work, even so it is extremely easy at the moment to become negative, especially when surrounded by the daily news.  Lack of self-belief can also creep in on us. Our brains are very quick to pick up on the negative. If we only see and hear about negative events, then that will be our view on the world. However, we have the power to change our view which will impact on our state of happiness, in effect re-wiring our brain into a more positive pattern.  Here is my first tip on how you can do this:

1 THREE GRATITUDES

If you think about or write down, three new things that you are grateful for each day, your brain will start to retain a pattern of looking for positives, rather than negatives.  Until this becomes a habit, set the same time each day, perhaps attached to another regular activity such as brushing your teeth, or making your first cup of coffee.  You can even set a reminder in your phone, once this becomes a habit, you will naturally begin to think of the things you are grateful for rather than the negative, stressful things.  I have been practicing this during lockdown and now when I wake up, I think about something good about the day before or the day ahead and it helps me feel so much more positive. 

2. JOURNALING

Writing down a positive experience each day helps your brain to relive it.  Journaling your positive experiences also allows you to look back on the week/month etc and feel good about something, even when going through a stressful or unhappy time.

3. EXERCISE

Exercise teaches your brain that your behaviour matters. Your body also releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain which triggers a positive feeling in the body.  So just at a time when you feel like curling up in a ball, get moving.  Even if this is only in a small way, it will help to lift your mood.

4. MEDITATION/ MINDFULNESS

Meditation and mindfulness will allow your brain to overcome our chronic multitasking culture and focus on the task at hand.  Just allowing some time to reflect each day will boost your mood.  Again, put a reminder in your diary and give yourself just 10 minutes of mindful practice, eventually this will become a daily habit.

These techniques are free and easy to fit into your life, they just take some practice. 

Becalmed have a fabulous ranges of Christmas gifts which you can buy HERE

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