NE Life Coach and Low Mood
If you’re in a low mood, creating a happy mood is entirely within your control. I’m sure you’ve heard of “Fake it til you make it” and in essence this is what you can do to your brain. Neuroscience shows us that ethical ‘cheats’ for the brain are incredibly powerful in improving your mood.
Remember that these are not intended to fool anyone else, neither are the intended to mask what you really feel. Use them with pure intention and authenticity and you will notice genuine improvements.
The wiring of our brain means that the state of our physical body can have a huge impact on our emotions. Smiling not only releases endorphins and serotonin but it can actually reduce our blood pressure! It is also a key element in triggering a happier mood and encourages us and others to be more friendly.
Hold your head up
When we feel sad or tired, we tend to slouch or slump down. This posture negatively impacts our cognitive function, our decision making. By simply raising and straightening your spine and holding your head up high (imagine yourself as a puppet with someone gently pulling the string to lift your head up), broaden your shoulders and breathe calmly. See how quickly you feel a boost in your energy and confidence.
I’ve used this one on a number of occasions when I’ve felt anxious. It begins with giving yourself a big hug for at least w30 seconds (helps release delta waves in the brain which are known to release serotonin and other ‘good’ chemicals in the brain). Next step is to throw your arms up and shout WHEEEEEEEEEE. Go on, try it! You really cannot feel stressed, anxious or miserable when you do this.
Act as if
Is there something that you want to be more of? More self-confident, or even more sociable perhaps? Stop planning it and just do it. Act as if you are self-confident; act as if you are sociable. I wanted to be more effective in an assessment centre environment and when I simply acted as if I was brilliant in that situation, I was! The more you act that way, the more natural it feels and before you know it, by modelling this behaviour, your brain is accepting it as the truth, as reality. It doesn’t recognise the difference between reality and act as if, so it treats the latter as what is actually happening and before you know it, it has become a habitual process.
Why not pick one and try it out the next time you are in a low mood?
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