Can you train yourself to be more optimistic?

 

Can you train yourself to be more optimistic?

In this current pandemic you may ask? With so much depressing news filtering in to our living rooms these days, the general mood of society is one of despair and sadness. Lockdowns restricting where we can go, and social distancing in place preventing us from human contact that we seek.

If you want to change the way that you feel, try and learn one of, or all of the following:

Widen your possibilities.

Whenever you catch yourself expecting a catastrophe, stop. That is only one possibility. Imagine two other outcomes, one with neutral and one with positive consequences.

Sleep on good times.

We’re most likely to remember what we think about just before falling asleep. Keep a notebook by your bed. Before turning off the lights, write down the 3 most enjoyable moments of your day, and something you are looking forward to tomorrow.

Imagine your best self.

What are you like when in a place you are happy or enjoying an event. Imagine the feelings you get when such a time occurs, and close your eyes, to drift back to these times. Try this exercise for 5 minutes each evening after your main meal.

Practise Mindfulness.

Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. The goal of mindfulness is to wake up to the inner workings of our mental, emotional, and physical processes.

 

About ChangeTherapy

I consider myself someone who 'thinks outside the box'; rather than following strict regimented instruction during the helping therapies; my belief is to frame therapies around the person, rather than try and make a person fit into a certain box. Educated at George Watson's College, in Edinburgh and then worked in Office Management/Administration for Local Government and Major Construction, before owning a retail Newsagent in the Blackhall area of Edinburgh. My training in Reiki and Healing started in 1997, and after attending college to complete my Counselling qualifications, I studied for 6 years with the Open University to obtain my Bachelor of Science degree, with Honours, studying Psychology and Counselling (including Autism) I have been involved for 22 years directly and indirectly in many capacities in the fields of Counselling for Autism, Special Needs, Adoption, HRT, Post-Cardiac Recovery, Alcohol Addiction, Gambling Addiction, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Anxiety and Sadness and Floating Harbor Syndrome. Mindfulness Practitioner; Reiki and Meditation Practitioner. Mind Coach Practitioner.
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