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How to lift the Monday blues (and other things)

by Sara Maude on February 23, 2016

in Hypnotherapy Edinburgh

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I’m alright, for a Monday‘.  Those were the words spoken by the young woman at one of my banks branches yesterday.

I turned to her and said ‘why do people say that?’.  

She half laughed, shrugged her shoulders and asked me if I was busy today.  I replied and told her I ran my own business so I could choose to be as busy or as not busy as I wanted, but either way I would choose to be positive.

Leaving the bank I found myself thinking, not for the first time, at how unaware people are of how what they say and what they think impacts on their mood and overall happiness.  I also thought how little personal responsibility people have for the way that they feel and instead place it on external conditions such as the day of the week, finding the right job, the right partner, their partner behaving in the way they want them to, getting a sale, the weather and so on.

The truth is, you have a choice about how you feel every second of every day.  You can choose to go around, like this woman I met at the bank, feeling glum because its Monday. Or you can choose to feel great, look forward to a brand new week and feel grateful that you are healthy and alive. You can choose to play the victim and blame your partner for your mood, or you can choose to take responsibility for how you feel. 

Either way, you have a choice about how you feel.

3 easy ways to shift your mood

If you find yourself struggling to shift how you feel, chances are you are too focused on what you are feeling and the thoughts behind the feeling. So here are 3 easy ways to shift how you feel for the better.

1.  Ask yourself ‘what’s the best version of myself I want to be right now‘.  Asking yourself the question about ‘what is the best version of yourself you want to be right now?’ allows you to interrupt the thoughts circling around in your mind that are feeding how you feel.  You recognise ‘hey I have a choice about how I want to feel’.  If you don’t want to feel aggravated and wound up, ask yourself what do you want to be?  I find it even more powerful to physically go and stand in the new version of myself. It feels like I am actually standing in that  new energy.

2.  Put on music and move your body.  When you are experiencing feeling less than positive, you have got yourself into a trance like state.  Your focus of attention is glued to the way you feel.  So in the words of Florence and the Machine, shake it out.  Music raises your energy and your emotional vibration.  Moving to music gets your lymphatic system going and endorphins pumping around your body.  A few minutes bouncing about to your favourite tune will really help to lift you to a better feeling place.

3.  Tap it out.  When negative thoughts and feelings come together, sometimes you need super hero powers to shift them.  That’s where tapping (Emotional Freedom Technique) comes in. This incredibly simple technique has the power of a super hero in releasing the negative energy you feel often in less time than it takes to make a cup of tea.  Learn more about how to tap on these introductory free videos.

The more you take responsibility for how you feel and make conscious choices to feel better, the more you will experience feeling good every day of the week, no matter whether it’s Monday and raining or Saturday and sunny.

About: Sara Maude 

Sara Maude is a hypnotherapist, psychotherapist and EFT practitioner based in Edinburgh providing both 1 - 1 and Skype sessions internationally. Sara provides problem-free therapy which goes deep into the heart of the subconscious mind to create powerful long lasting change.Follow Sara on Google+

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