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Every­one has times when they’re feel­ing a bit down, some­times you don’t even know why. But when you find your­self strug­gling, there are things you can do to shake off that bad en­ergy.

raise your hand if some days all you wanna do is curl up in the fe­tal po­si­tion and not deal with the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion that is your life? We’ve le­git all been there. It’s im­por­tant to be kind to your­self – th­ese healthy habits can help you get rid of neg­a­tive en­ergy and boost your mood.

Grat­i­tude jour­nalling

Some­times you might have a string of days that feel hope­lessly bad. Our nat­u­ral re­ac­tion is to fo­cus on the neg­a­tives, which has a snow­ball ef­fect – pretty soon you feel like ev­ery­thing is go­ing wrong. You have to push aside this way of think­ing and look for the pos­i­tives.

A grat­i­tude jour­nal is all about ex­press­ing your feels, specif­i­cally, what you feel grate­ful for. There are a mil­lion ways to fill out a grat­i­tude jour­nal – you don’t have to write a 10-page es­say, you can write some­thing as sim­ple as, “my cat was in a cud­dly mood to­day”.

It’s all about what made YOU feel good, so what­ever that is, no mat­ter how big or small, write it down. When you’ve fin­ished, read over your en­try sev­eral times. It’s all about re­train­ing your brain to do with the pos­i­tives what it nat­u­rally does with the neg­a­tives, so you learn to fo­cus on the good. Find­ing things to be grate­ful for or that make you happy can be a huge mood booster and give you a bit of per­spec­tive on your cur­rent sitch.

Med­i­tat­ing

Med­i­tat­ing is about tak­ing some alone time to clear your mind and be present in the mo­ment. Of­ten med­i­ta­tion re­quires you to fo­cus on one thing, whether that’s con­scious breath­ing, a mantra or ex­pelling neg­a­tive en­ergy from your body.

There are a whole bunch of ways to med­i­tate, and how you do it is com­pletely up to you. You’d ac­tu­ally be sur­prised by how many things you al­ready do that can be classed as med­i­tat­ing, like lis­ten­ing to your fave mu­sic, go­ing for walks, cook­ing, read­ing, colour­ing in, danc­ing, ex­er­cis­ing – any­thing that makes you feel more at ease. Other ways of med­i­tat­ing can be a lit­tle more ‘zen’, like yoga or guided med­i­ta­tion apps, or you could try this sim­ple four-step prac­tice:

1.

Lay down with your back on the ground with a medium-sized book un­der your head so that your spine feels straight and elon­gated. You can do all this with your eyes open or closed – up to you.

Pop your knees up with your feet hip-width apart, or pop your legs on a chair that’s knee height to cre­ate a 90-de­gree an­gle, whichever is eas­i­est and feels com­fort­able.

2. 3.

Once you’re com­fort­able, breathe deeply into your lungs and feel your chest ex­pand. Then, start at your toes and imag­ine your body parts stretch­ing out both length­ways and side­ways to re­ally ex­pand; spend about 30-60 sec­onds on each part of your body, mak­ing your way to the top of your head.

When you reach your head, lay there and just en­joy be­ing still and con­scious of your body and how it feels un­til you’re ready to come out of the med­i­ta­tion.

4. Switch­ing off

We might not re­alise it but some­times tech­nol­ogy can se­ri­ously bring us down. When you’re hav­ing a rough time and you’re scrolling through pics of peo­ple en­joy­ing them­selves and look­ing fab­u­lous, there’s no doubt it can make you feel much worse. It’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that peo­ple al­ways post the best bits of their life, and leave out the not so happy mo­ments.

So, in­stead of hit­ting up your socials when you’re feel­ing flat, leave the phone at home and go for a walk, spend time with your fam­ily, take your pet for a walk, or read a book.

When you do some­thing that makes you happy and makes you for­get about your life on­line for a while, it al­lows you to live in the mo­ment and stop com­par­ing your­self to oth­ers.

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