Heal your mind, heal your body and soul. You are what you think; therefore, get a different perspective. In the heat of the moment, your thoughts and emotions may push you to make choices that are not necessarily what’s best for you.
Calm your emotions by taking a moment to breathe. Take a breath slowly in to the count four; hold for the count of two; and then slowly breathe out for the count of four. Repeat this cycle at least four times or until clarity returns and you can process the situation logically.
Put things into perspective. Nine times out of ten, things are not as bad as they initially seem and contrary to your initial thought, you will be able to handle things. This does not mean you won’t get upset or you won’t cry; however, once you have gotten control of your emotions, you will begin the process of figuring out what steps you will need to take to respond to the situation to the best of your ability.
Never say never; however, this is a definite NEVER. Never make any decision when you are consumed by emotions and always count the consequences of your decision.
Gain knowledge. Knowledge is truly power. If you don’t know something or fully comprehend something, ask someone you trust. If that is not an option, use a reputable site online or go to the library.
- Break the cycle of negative thoughts.
- Fake it until it becomes a reality (smile even when your heart is breaking).
- Learn healthy ways to cope with stress.
- Know when to ask for help.
The same way that you formed bad habits is the same way you can form healthier habits; however, you must put in the work necessary to change those bad habits to healthier ones. Change may be difficult; however, it is not impossible and with the right tools and support you can create sustainable healthier habits.