When the left hemisphere of the brain is relaxed the mind is more receptive to new ideas. Certain types of music can quiet the mind. Eckhart Tolle has a CD called Music to Quiet the Mind which is very effective.
If you have a tendency to feel depressed listen to an audio of positive affirmations whenever you feel down. Better still record your own voice saying positive affirmations.
Spend the majority of your time with people who make you feel good.
Confidence results from taking action. The action comes first the feeling follows.
Look at a picture of smiling faces to lower your cortisol levels. Cortisol is released whenever you feel stressed. Too much cortisol in the system can cause tiredness, chronic inflammation and other health problems.
Try these daily routines:
Write down 3 new things you are grateful for each day
Exercise for 10-15 minutes a day
Meditate for 20-30 minutes a day
Practice being mindful for 10 minutes at a time, 3-4 times a day
Go to sleep giving thanks
Keep a gratitude journal, the simple act of writing down what you are grateful for produces dopamine, a feel good hormone.
Instead of automatically saying yes then regretting it, pause and say, ‘Let me think about it’. This gives you time to reflect if you really want to do something and how to refuse graciously.
If someone pushes your buttons or hurts you, remind yourself that it is just an opportunity to value yourself.
When you find yourself judging or criticising another, pause then think of 3 good things about that person.
Eat small of amounts of dark chocolate, it reduces anxiety.
Smile more often. Frowning triggers the secretion of stress hormones. Smiling produces noradrenaline, a feel good hormone as well as raises your production of endorphins.
Use the rule of 3. If you are trying to lose weight or give up smoking, pause and wait 3 minutes, then if you can, extend that by another 3 minutes before indulging.
Choose 3 values that represent the ideal person you would like to be e.g. kind, loving, inspirational and act upon those values at least 3 times a day.
Regular meditation slows the mind, change the structure of your brain, and changes your stress response.
The magnetic field of the heart is 5000 times stronger than your mind. Follow your heart and use your mind to help you turn dreams into reality.
Laughing enhances brain function.
Talking to, and stroking a dog is even more effective at reducing blood pressure than talking to another person.
Negative statements close doors. Instead of saying things like, “I can’t afford it” ask instead, “How can I afford it?” You may find a way that you would never have thought of when you approached the problem with a closed mind.
Let go of rules, these are the shoulds, musts, have to’s and expectations you have. Replace them with standards but only ones that are important to you.
Accept that you will not feel confident all of the time. Don’t be concerned, it is how you think and act that influences the outcome.
Do 5 things every day towards your most important goal. This simple step makes it so much easier to succeed.
Large doses of vitamin C reduces the amount of cortisol your body produces when stressed.
Women undergoing forgiveness therapy found that they experienced improvement in feelings of depression, anxiety and post traumatic stress. It also increased their self esteem.
If you have a tendency to feel resentful forgive every time you find yourself getting annoyed. There is nothing too insignificant to forgive.
Every time you refuse an offer of help you deprive the other person of an opportunity to give. You need to be able to receive to allow what you want into your life.
Cherry juice contains melatonin which calms the mind and promotes sleep.
Brazil nuts, tuna, garlic and mushrooms are all rich in selenium which helps to ease anxiety.
Smiling makes you prettier. Smiling is the universal sign of happiness. Smiling makes you approachable.
Give thanks whenever you catch yourself worrying.