Been feeling stressed, depressed, repressed or simply just feeling bad??? I feel like I’ve been in a negative, self-absorbed funk for days myself. Sometimes I still forget that I have awesome tools at my disposal to deal with such things. Remembering too that the swells and swales of life are just that–life–helps quite a bit as well.
Now, I want to pose a challenge to the grumpiest and/or the unhappiest people reading this post (and everyone else, too.) Try the following exercise. Please, just force yourself for 5 minutes. That’s it. Afterward you can go back to being grumpy if you wish…. I know grumpy. I’ve dealt with grumpy. You don’t faze me!!
Ok, here we go… this is it…
For 5 or 10 minutes love everything!
For 5 or 10 minutes think exclusively about everything and everyone you love. If your mind wanders to sad or negative things, gently steer your thoughts back to love. That’s it, it’s that simple.
Love the flowers and the trees. Love the birds and the bees.
Love the sounds you hear and the sights you see.
Remember your favorite music? It’s all on YouTube now so go have a listen.
Think of your favorite foods. I love most things chocolate myself and also mashed potatoes with some kind of awesome tasty gravy. Not kidding at all.
Think of the best place you’ve ever visited or the best person you’ve ever known. For sure, do not forget about all the people you love. Do not think about people you don’t like or who have f**ked you over. For 5 or 10 minutes at least, just pretend they don’t exist at all.
Refuse to feel sad or bad. Don’t worry, you won’t have to be Mary Poppins forever. Just 5 or 10 minutes.
Try it and see what you think!