HIT THE HAPPY SOUNDS
We all have them – the days that just don’t go right. A work project becomes a nightmare, the washing machine floods, your heel snaps or someone prangs the car. “It’s inevitable that sometimes we get bent out of shape by everyday life,” says clinical psychologist Dr Tara Wyne at The Lighthouse Arabia. “But it’s how you handle these situations that matters. When something goes wrong, we often end up with an aftershock effect – mulling it over and regretting what’s happened, or attempting to bury the experience, even though it may still be gnawing away. The key is to be mindful of what’s happened but move on, rather than let it impact and spoil what comes afterwards.”
And there are physical factors from a bad day to consider too. “When we have a negative experience, our brain is flooded with the stress chemical cortisol, which causes our muscles to tense and blood pressure to rise,” explains UK-based psychologist Sue Firth.
“Counteracting this by engaging in something enjoyable and positive is essential because it releases feel-good hormones.”
So what are the best ways to let things go, feel happier, or at least regain perspective? The good news is it doesn’t usually take much. Surprisingly simple strategies can offer respite and soothe body and soul. And always remember, tomorrow is another day! It takes just one twentieth of a second to boost your mood when you listen to upbeat music because it activates parts of the brain that trigger the natural feel-good hormones, according to author of self-help book Be Positive, RichWood. So make yourself a soundtrack of all the sounds you really love and have it ready and waiting for days like these. And singing along? Scientists have found