Yes, we all have read about the importance of a power stance before a job interview. And, as the Peanuts cartoon above reminds us, we do have control over our emotions.
We, too often, forget how empowering it is to JUST look up when we are feeling a little down in the rainy dumps. This winter, instead of allowing the weather to shift, and sway, our emotions with the wind, let's be aware of the power of the 'chin up' philosophy.
In hypnosis, we call this a pattern interrupt. Here is a step-by-step for engaging the Pattern Interrupt. This can save you and those around you from unnecessary gloominess.
1. Practice Mindfulness: Notice when you are feeling yucky.
~ If you are in a negative state, just recognize it.
2. Now, you can change that state by the use of WILL POWER.
~ you can do this in a variety of ways for yourself and others.
a. Use humor and laughter as pattern interrupters. Have a few jokes memorized. Or, just start laughing until the mood changes.
b. Imagine a beautiful place that you'd like to visit. Or, perhaps conjure up a memory from the past where you felt joyful. Maybe, imagine that you are on an island somewhere.
c. Go for a walk in nature. Do something unusual and out of your day-to-day routine.
d. Take time off of facebook or abstain from using the internet completely for a few days.
3. Notice how easy it is to re-orient a state from un-resourceful to resourceful.
And, know that you or someone you love will create any desired mood.
That mood is maintained by body posture and thoughts just as the comic suggests.
It is a choice.
So, if someone you love wants to feel misery, perhaps just laugh yourself silly.
It might snap them out of it.