Mind wandering is a superpower to which unhappiness has been shown to correlate.
Mind wandering can be useful if you maintain an awareness that allows you to take note of valuable ideas.
- Less expectation, more exploration.
- Trust yourself to handle any situation.
- Don’t beat yourself up over the past.
- Treat yourself like a friend you love.
- Don’t let external influences distract you from what’s good for you.
- Seek out and embrace the unknown.
- Turn off bad news.
- Focus on accomplishments, not failures.
- See the good in others.
- Plan a vacation.
In summary, let go of your expectations and preoccupation with the past. Find the good in others but don’t let the external distract you from the good in yourself. Live in the now, embrace adventure, don’t fear the unknown, trust yourself and your ability to succeed.
Have the cares of this world gotten you down? The hustle and bustle of everyday life can be hectic at times. So if you’re feeling under the weather, here are 10 quick ideas that will be sure to boost your spirits in as little as 10 minutes.
- Catch some rays. Spending 10 minutes in direct sunlight will trigger your body to produce vitamin D. The deficiency of this vitamin in one’s body has been linked to depression. By stepping outside to feel the sun, you will also have a moment to breath in some fresh air and clear your conscience.
- The list of gratitude. If your attitude is moving towards the negative side, an awesome way to stop a bad mood in its tracks is by counting your blessings. Literally take the time to think of or write down a list of things you are grateful for. It can be anything, like being able to drive home from work instead of walking or being thankful for your good health. After a distinct ten minute list, you will be bound to smile.
- Here comes the groom. If you’re feeling icky on the inside, sprucing up the outside may help to bring you happiness. Taking a bath or a shower is a good enough feeling on it’s own and if you add in untangling any knots from your hair or treating your pesky stretch marks, a cheerful heart will be soon to come.
- Fake it until you make it. If you put a smile on your face, even if you are unhappy, it will eventually cause you to think of more positive things. Try acting happy for 10 minutes regardless of the circumstance. At the end, you will feel better than you did 10 minutes prior.
- Drop a line. Reaching out to an acquaintance or a loved one about your situation can be relieving and elevate your mood. Your whole thought pattern will change for the better after venting to a friend.
- Finding Chuckles. Taking a break to watch a funny video clip online or an excerpt from a comedian’s movie monologue would help to turn your frown upside down. It’s hard to pout while watching some quality stand-up.
- Work it out. Exercising for ten minutes will get the blood flowing, causing your body to release endorphins, which are mood boosting chemicals.
- Play fetch. Hang out with your pets. Research has shown that spending a few minutes with your cat or dog can increase your serotonin levels.
- Charity. It is hard to feel sorry for yourself while helping others. Consider doing a good deed like buying a meal for a friend or complimenting a stranger. While you spend 10 minutes uplifting others, in return, your day will brighten.
- Up for the Task? We all have a to-do list for the day. Pick out a few quick tasks that can be completed within ten minutes and act on it. The sense of accomplishment will lighten the load and bring out a smile.
The author Sandy Getzky is an associate editor at ProveMyMeds, a public health and education startup focused on producing helpful resources concerning the treatment of common ailments.
“Patience child, patience. Remember, life is a journey. If you got everything you wanted all at once there’d be no point to living. Enjoy the ride, and in the end you’ll see these “set backs” as giant leaps forward, only you couldn’t see the bigger picture in the moment. Remain calm, all is within reach; all you have to do is show up everyday, stay true to your path and you will surely find the treasure you seek.”
— Jackson Kiddard
”Whenever you try to exert control over the natural ebb and flow of life, you end up either frustrated or disappointed– because it can’t be controlled. Whenever you apply effort to trying to relax and slow down, you produce the opposite effect. Whenever you try to dictate the outcome of your meditation you negate its most wondrous benefit– the pleasure of simply being.”
-Paul Wilson, The Quiet
Be impeccable with your word. Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.
Don’t take anything personally. Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.
Don’t make assumptions. Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.
Always do your best. Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgement, self-abuse and regret.
-Miguel Ángel Ruiz
“We are all doing our best, given our current awareness of our needs and our means to meet them. When we expand our awareness and core beliefs about what we deserve, we’re able to let go of non-nurturing behaviors and make choices that bring us greater joy, peace, and love.”