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Neg­a­tive think­ing is one of the big­gest con­trib­u­tors to brain drain – if your thoughts are tired and low, you’ll feel tired and low. Think­ing pos­i­tively is all well and good, but the con­cept is neb­u­lous at best. Clear that cloudy mind with th­ese ex­pert tips on get­ting your emo­tional en­ergy flow­ing – both now and in the long-term. An an­chor is a con­di­tioned re­sponse that links some­thing you hear, see, feel, taste or smell with a state of mind, ac­cord­ing to mind and body ther­a­pist Glo­ria Thomas: “If you want to in­crease your pos­i­tive emo­tional en­ergy, you need to in­cor­po­rate more of th­ese pos­i­tive an­chors in your life,” she adds. “The smell of fresh­baked bread may serve as a healthy an­chor to mem­o­ries of your mother’s kitchen, for in­stance.” An­other an­chor could be lis­ten­ing to mu­sic you as­so­ciate with happy times, or tap­ping into the feel­ing of glow­ing health you get from a gym work­out. Only you can de­ter­mine your des­tiny, not any as­tro­log­i­cal chart, mo­ti­va­tional speaker and life coach Paul McGee says. “Tak­ing con­trol of your life and de­cid­ing you’re the au­thor of your own script helps you cope through the tough times that drain your emo­tional vi­brancy. When you know where you’re go­ing, you have some­thing to look for­ward to. Not tak­ing con­trol robs you of the en­ergy you get from know­ing you can change any­thing.”

“You can be­come drained of emo­tional en­ergy if you’re not be­ing true to your­self,” Ar­turi says. “Sit down with a pen, pa­per and timer. Then, for five min­utes, write down all the things you love. If you get stuck, don’t stop writ­ing, and in­stead write ‘I don’t know what to write...’ over and over un­til you think of more. Don’t stop un­til the timer goes off, and don’t read what you’ve writ­ten yet.” Ar­turi says to do the same with all the things you hate, and then com­pare the two lists. “Now ask your­self: Are you do­ing enough of the things you love? This process serves as a re­minder of what’s im­por­tant to you and what your

per­sonal val­ues are.”

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