How we feel is often determined by how we allocate our attention and what we choose to focus on. Savouring simple pleasures can make us feel good. We don’t have to be busy, its ok to have a calm life being content with what we have.
Top Tip “Try and approach the day positively but don’t beat yourself up if it’s a struggle – try to be kind and encouraging to yourself”
Sometimes we think about the past, when we look back we experience feelings of loss, sadness, guilt, hurt and anger. We may find it hard to let go of grudges, anger and bitterness. And when we look forward, we can experience worry, dread and anxiety of things that COULD happen.
One way to help these negative feelings is to try and live in the here and now. Bring our attention back to today, the present moment. This is a difficult skill as our minds always want to wander, but it’s a skill that can be developed with practice.
Top Tip “Things might never be the same again but some things can be better. This is your “new normal” – give yourself time to get used to it.”
Staying in the present moment might help, it may:
- Help reduce worry and anxiety and experience less negative emotions
- May reduce feelings of stress and thus improve health
- May help improve focus and achievement