Thoughts and Mood

Is there a link between your inner thoughts and your mood? According to your subconscious mind there is! Your thoughts are the most powerful manifesting agent you have. Think about it, everything that was ever created started with a thought. Your thoughts work together with your subconscious mind to manufacture your reality, and your internal dialogue is bound to affect your mood. You always get what you focus on. It’s that simple, what you think is what you create. Buddha made it very clear with this quote:

“We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make our world.”

 

How can you change your mood; by changing your thoughts?

Here are some ways to start changing your attitude:

 

  1. Pay attention to your internal dialogue, and replace all negative thoughts with positive ones. Don’t allow your mind to get to that dark place. Stay in control of your thoughts.

 

  1. Quit gossiping and complaining how life is so unfair. Start taking action to create a better life. Take note of the quote from Eleanor Roosevelt: “Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, and small minds discuss people.” Get your “great mind” into action!

 

  1. Remind yourself that there is a purpose and a reason for everything that happens. It you are faced with a negative situation, turn it around into something positive. My grandmother fled her native homeland to this country for a better life. She lost several of her young children as a result of the war, but she was determined to make a better life for her surviving kids. Even with all the suffering and turmoil, she saw the purpose in her circumstance. If it wasn’t for my grandmother’s positive attitude, I might not be here writing this article.

 

You have all the tools within you that are necessary to take control of your life and change it into what you want. What do you think?

 

 

Marla Sloane, Ph.D. All Rights Reserved © 2018

Relaxation Techniques

The key to effective relaxation is first and foremost your intention to relax, and to find the best technique for you and your lifestyle. Here are five of the most effective relaxation techniques:

  1. Imagery
    Sit in a comfortable position, close your eyes, and take 3 long deep breaths.
    Make sure you take the breaths through your nose, hold for 2 seconds and slowly exhale through your mouth.

Now imagine you are on a sandy beach lying under the warm sun. Smell the ocean air and listen to the waves coming in and out. Feel the warm sand between your toes and feel the warmth of the sun’s rays on your body. Feel and visualize your entire body relaxing in this scenario. (The place could be anywhere … it could be in the mountains, on a lake, in a candle lit cabin.) Try to involve all of your senses when doing this exercise. Touch, Sight, Smell, Taste, Auditory.

  1. Stretching 
    Stand with feet about shoulder length apart. With your arms straight up above your head, gently bend at your waist and stretch, keeping your feet flat on the floor.

Now do the other side using slow gentle movements. Gently and slowly roll your head in a counter clockwise position about 3 times, now reverse the direction.

Do the same with your shoulders. This will help stretch and relax tight muscles.

  1. Taking a Hot Bath 
    Heat promotes muscle relaxation. This will help relax those tired muscles fast. Listening to soothing music while taking a bath makes this even more effective.
  2. Positive Affirmations 
    Repeating positive statements will help clear your mind and change your thought patterns. Positive thinking has remarkable results. It is very important that your affirmations be positive and in the present tense. You must believe your affirmations to be true, and before long, they will start manifest.I am safe and secure.
    I am feeling comfortable.
    I love my body.
    I handle all situations with harmony, grace, and wisdom.
    I am balanced and centered.
    I am feeling relaxed.
    My mood is calm and relaxed.
  3. Taking a Walk 
    This can give you a “time out” in reacting to a tense situation. Walking in nature and allowing the quietness of your surroundings will help in releasing muscle tension and allow more oxygen to enter your brain and body. It can be amazingly effective.Walk around your desk at work, up and down stairs, down a hallway, around the block, or back and forth in your living room. A walk, even a short one, can give you a much-needed diversion to clear your thoughts and help you chill out.

 

Marla Sloane, Ph.D. All Rights Reserved © 2018