I sometimes write about how it is a good start to your day.
A social, an energetic or a productive start determines the context for your day.
But some days you may not get a good start for some reason.
Maybe you slept badly. Or maybe the gray skies and the cool autumn rain are dragging your energy down.
Or you may lose that positive momentum during a difficult first part of the day and after lunch you feel fatigued, lost in a low or somewhat depressed or apathetic odor.
What to do then Is that day lost and should you aim for a better day tomorrow?
Well, today is not over.
Maybe you can still make something good out of it.
Here’s how I can break the negative mood and start a new one.
1. Appreciate what you have.
The simplest of my most used pick-ups.
It takes me about 2 minutes and sits in silence.
I say to myself: Well, I can’t feel so good right now, but what can I be thankful for and appreciate in my life?
I usually come up with a simple thing like:
My delicious meal.
That is the roof over my head.
That opens my mind to one thing. It redirects my thoughts to negativity.
Then I build that one thing.
I make a mental leap from the roof to clean water in the glass near my computer, on the roof of my house, so that I can work from home because it rains outside.
I make those little mental leaps that I focus my attention around in that room.
And I take the time to slowly appreciate all those things.
This makes my mood happier, warmer and more open.
2. Do what you want to feel.
Emotions also work backwards.
So if I want to be more positive or enthusiastic then I act in the way of a person who is positive or enthusiastic.
I can not feel it. But I do it the best I can anyway. For example:
Think of something that is exciting and fun in front of me.
Answer some emails or talk to someone in a positive and enthusiastic manner.
If I feel unsympathetic, negative, or nervous before a meeting of some sort, consider that before the rapport I feel like I’m meeting one of my best friends and it gives me the right mood and headspace. Holds in).
3. Think for a minute and give someone a true compliment.
Here is a fun one I use quite often and it will not only lift my own mood.
You really spend 1 minute coming up with something and really appreciate about someone in your life who is in the same room at some point during the day.
Then tell him or her with true compliments.
She will be happy or not.
You will feel good about yourself and now get positive feelings from a smiling, happy and admired person.
And so the mood of both of you changes for the better.