Want to put down the heavy MENTAL LOAD you’re carrying?
Carrying a heavy mental load is tiresome and sucks the joy right out of life. The easiest way create new ways of thinking is be practicing them. Most of us have been directly or indirectly taught that feeling good and feeling good about ourselves is NOT ok. If it is time to change that you can read on.
Now putting down the mental load doesn’t mean that the challenging things change…it means we change how we relate to them.
Positive emotions are considered the foundation of optimal mental wellbeing. Here are a few top tips for cultivating more positive emotions and putting down the mental load.
- CREATE A POSITIVE THOUGHTS JOURNAL – Start by scanning your day for positive feelings. Joy will be there but often we skim over it looking for the familiar feelings of anger, anxiety and sadness that have become our way of relating. One of the most potent ways to change your thinking is to create a positive thoughts journal. Each day track when you are feeling positive and experiencing moments of joy and happiness.
- BEGIN A DAILY GRATITUDE PRACTICE– Gratitude is one of the most potent ways to reframe the sense of lack we experience. At the end of each day either write in your journal 3 things you have to be grateful for that day. They can be very small or even insignificant. It is the paying attention to these feelings that is important. If you share this with someone else, the intensity of the gratitude is amplified. Try it!
- EACH DAY DO SOMETHING YOU’RE NATURALLY GOOD AT– Purposefully cultivate and practice your strengths. We are all unique with so many different gifts to give the world. What are yours? If you need some help, have a look at this empirically validated tool. http://www.viacharacter.org/www/Character-Strengths-SurveyFrom here, we can purposefully practice our strengths each day by building in opportunities to practice the strengths that come naturally to us. If we do this, we will naturally feel positive.
Let me know how you go with your practice of creating new ways of thinking and being.
Dr. Katie xx