Dial Up The Happy, Turn Down The Negative: Taking Control of Your Thoughts!
by Matt Hale
Even as Perth starts to reopen we continue to live in uncertain times – and that uncertainty can be difficult to cope with.
You may feel worried right now.
Even though we live in this beautiful city, with the incredible beaches, river, hills and fantastic weather, it may still be a struggle to keep anxious thoughts in check due to the current situation.
And you may feel unsure about the future. But I’m here to tell you – you CAN learn to live with uncertainty.
We can definitely do a number of things to take back control of our own thoughts. In fact, it’s at the core of what I do as a hypnotist, whether on stage in my comedy hypnosis shows, in the hypnotherapy office, or sharing mind hacks and simple mental tips and tricks in my keynote corporate presentations.
Here are 6 tips I’ve been sharing to help smash negative thoughts, worry, anxiety and stress. Use them along with the free “anxiety relief” audio program I’ve made available at matthale.com.au
- 30 minutes of exercise each day Exercise not only increases your sense of happiness and well-being, but also has become a great tool in combating stress and anxiety. If you can combine that with a real feelgood location in Perth, beach/riverside etc, even better!
- Realise that anxiety is not something you have to live with – it is a behaviour your mind has learned Remind yourself you don’t have to live with anxiety. When you get those unwanted feelings, look around and use a confident inner voice to reassure yourself that there are no dangers.
- Eat three meals a day- choose healthy foods, and limit alcohol, sugar and caffeine Because anxiety is physiological, stimulants may have a significant impact
- Purposefully add more joy to your life By adding more happiness to your life by design, your mind has to make more space for those good feelings. The more you build those feelings, the more your mind puts that as a default way of feeling or thinking.
- Sleep well and get enough of it! Lack of sleep increases anxiety levels, and has a negative effect on your mood and general happiness. Getting used to a good regular sleep pattern is an essential part of your overall mind and body wellness.
- Techniques to distract anxiety You can easily take your focus and redirect it. Your mind can’t fully focus on 2 thoughts at once, so the more you purposefully direct your thoughts to a more positive thought or memory, can help weaken any sudden symptoms of anxiety. Involve your thoughts in that positive memory/thought for approx 3 minutes and notice how the anxiety slips further away.
Choose any one of these distraction techniques:
• See yourself in your favourite place/favourite holiday spot, close your eyes and imagine every aspect of that place – what it looks like, sounds like and feels like to be there
• Count backwards with your eyes closed from 200 in multiples of 2 – if you forget where you were, simply pick up where you think you left off, and allow your mind to wander to wherever it chooses
• Engage in an “Active activity” i.e taking yourself for a walk, or creative activity, like drawing or painting
Just 15 minutes a day, focussing on yourself, will help you regain a sense of balance.
The more you practice all these strategies, the better you will become!
And remember to help you smash those negative thoughts, check out my complimentary audio download at www.matthale.com.au/anxiety.
Matt Hale is a Hypnotist & Mindhacks Speaker – his book ‘Mindhacking Happiness’ book became a number 1 bestseller, and recently, UK bookmakers William Hill officially issued odds of 1000/1 of him replacing Daniel Craig as the next James Bond!…(no really! As discussed in his TEDx talk about the “Power of Probably”).
Matt has discounted his ‘Eliminate Anxiety’ Video and Audio training program by 30%, exclusively for the Perth Happenings readers to celebrate the release of the new website.
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