MoHow Posted By Dr. MO There are times when we feel down…that’s normal. It comes with the territory called “being alive”. And in that territory life is like a wave, and just like any wave, it has both crests (highs) and troughs (lows). The fact is that there has never been, and there will never be, a wave that does not have a top and bottom, an up and a down.
Sometimes, you may feel so low that you think that “being up” or “feeling up” again is impossible. If you do, you are not alone…we’ve all thought this thought. It’s a powerful, inaccurate, and potentially devastating thought that can lead to chronic depression when not addressed skillfully…
In today’s post I am sharing 5 more strategies that I use to successfully power my way up and out of the place called “down”. By using these strategies I’ve learned to create and regain MOmentum, motivate myself, and feel much better.
Here they are:
1. Remind yourself Daily. Put reminders that are motivational in front of you daily. Subscribe to services like the AmMo morning email to keep your goal and other motivational tools in front of you every day. Send reminders to yourself and post short notes in big bold letters; post pictures of what you will look like when you feel better in all the places that you look at regularly… your mirror, your desk, the refrigerator, your steering wheel. If “Out of Sight is Out of Mind”, then keep your reminderss “Within Sight, Within Mind”.
2. Broadcast your goal of feeling better. Let many people know about your goal in general and let family, friends and colleagues know about it specifically. By doing this, you are committing yourself to moving from a rut into action, from being stuck to making an improvement. Write a commitment contract, give copies to people you want to support you and give them regular updates on your progress.
3. Practice Proportional Thinking. Any time I feel low, I use a skill I taught myself many years ago to cut my “low” down to size. Here’s how I do it:
I realized by studying my thinking that when I was feeling crumby, I had the habit of making my problems seem bigger than they actually were and of telling myself that I was less capable of improving the situation than I actually was. I also realized that this is a very common problem for many people.
To reverse the situation, I start by reminding myself that I’m practicing this unhealthy thinking habit. Then, I listen for my inaccurate thoughts. Next, I replace them with accurate ones. For example, I change “I will never be able to get out of this hole” to “I need to approach this problem one small step at a time, and i am fully capable of doing that.”
4. Breathe, Sleep on It and Shower in the Morning. I have a another method to break out of a funk that always works. It goes like this…
When I feel particularly down or overwhelmed, I practice diaphragmatic belly breathing and as I relax and calm myself, I say: “I’m going to sleep on this tonight. When I go to bed, I’m going to fully let go and get a full, restful sleep. By the time I awaken tomorrow, I will be more refreshed and be filled with the enthusiasm and MOmentum I need to break this cycle.” I then take a shower in the morning and invariably in the shower, I turn my thoughts into positivity and simplification and toward problem-solving. Do it yourself and please share your results with me and other readers.
5. Change your Words and Build Momentum. Your words are enormously powerful. To move forward and upward, change the tone and direction of your thinking. Replace your current words. Go from “Problem” to “Opportunity”. Go from “Difficulties” to “Benefits”. Small, consistent changes in your words will change “Pessimism” to “Optimism” and “Stuckness” to “Momentum”.
Your thinking is a skill that you can cultivate, fine-tune and master. When you develop Momentum Mind, you will become more capable of re-energizing yourself and regaining your balance and MOmentum.
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