By Wendy Merron, Coach and Board Certified Hypnotherapist
I've been on a mission to share ways to feel better fast.
Personally I hate feeling stuck.
I hate worry.
I hate feeling frustrated.
I hate being anxious.
I'll do anything to stop these feelings from causing me to have a bad day.
There are some great long term ways - like meditation - but in the moment, I want something - FAST! (That doesn't involve eating an ice cream sundae!)
Many ways to feel better involve using your creative imagination. These are fast and fun if you are stuck at a desk or at home in the evening.
Other ways require some activity.
Below are the first 3 1/2 ways to help you feel better fast.
Try one out the next time you want to change how you feel and notice what
1. FLOAT THAT NEGATIVE THOUGHT AWAY
Personally, I use this one a lot because it's so simple and easy.
The more you use your imagination, the easier it is to do.
As soon as you notice a negative thought, in your mind tell it "I notice you are here and I'm now going to release you."
Then, imagine that thought floating up, up, up into the atmosphere and neutralizing as it drifts away.
As you imagine that thought rising you can make it really fun by using your creative mind.
For example you can:
Put wings on the thought and watch it fly away.
Imagine the color of the thought changing as it gets further away.
Pretend the thought is yelling "Thank you!" and notice as the sound gets fainter and fainter the further it is...
You get the idea, yes?
2. FINISH A TASK
Did you know that one of the biggest causes of stress is unfinished tasks?
This is because when something is unfinished, the thought stays stuck in your mind.
For example, if I don't do my taxes immediately I keep on thinking, "I have to do my taxes, I have to do my taxes..."
I don't know about you, but since it's not something I look forward to doing, hearing about it in my mind sure doesn't feel good either.
Completing a task is a great way to feel better.
First, because you will be distracting yourself from your negative thoughts.
Second, because you are accomplishing something and that is GUARANTEED to feel good!
Use your time wisely to do something you've put off and I guarantee you'll never regret it.
3. ONE HAND GRATITUDE ROUND
Gratitude is a HUGE game changer.
No need for me to get into the research about the eight different ways gratitude can increase your happiness, but...
know that it's one of the easiest ways to feel better because you can only hold one thought at a time.
When you practice gratitude, you are essentially replacing one thought with a BETTER FEELING thought.
That new replacement gratitude thought can only result in a feeling of appreciation.
Since appreciation ALWAYS feels better than fear or worry or anxiety, you get to feel better fast.
Using your fingers you can tell yourself five different things you are grateful for.
Little things are perfect.
Like being grateful you like the color of your bedroom.
Or grateful the weather is nice today.
Even grateful that you get to watch your favorite show tonight.
You can easily find lots of things to be grateful for.
3 1/2. EAT CHOCOLATE
Did you know that when you eat chocolate you actually trigger some powerful feel-good chemicals in your body?
Yes, consuming chocolate causes the brain to release endorphins which are the chemicals that make us feel good.
Eating 1/4 ounce of chocolate is a great (and healthy) way to feel good - but only when it's a good quality dark chocolate - and a small amount.
If you have a dark chocolate bar on hand you might want half, so I recommend that you cut the half in 1/2 and enjoy the smaller piece.
WARNING: If you are an emotional eater - DO NOT EAT THE CHOCOLATE.
Use number 1, 2 or 3 instead!
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Wendy Merron helps clients overcome fears and limiting beliefs so they can live their best life ever. Her office is both online and at The Center of Success in Wayne, Pennsylvania.
Wendy is a Coach, Board Certified Hypnotherapist, bestselling author, the creator of the AM/PM Tapping Technique and The Emotional Eating Solution. You can find her here or at yard sales treasure hunting for unusual antiques!