Space to Respond

In any situation, there are many different ways to respond. Most often we chose the quickest route, which is reacting without thinking, following old brain pathways and emotional patterns.

If you want things to stay as they are, then keep doing exactly what you’re doing. If you want things to get better, if you want to live a happier life, then you need to change some things.

The one thing in life that is the easiest and most accessible to change is yourself. You can’t change anyone else but you can change yourself. Making changes to how you respond to situations can begin to change what situations arise. The first step is to begin to understand why you react or respond to situations the way you do.

By finding a way to create space between stimuli and how you respond to it, you begin to understand yourself and your environment more clearly. It’s a powerful tool and is falls under many categories. It is called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), mindfulness, becoming your own observer… Whatever you want to call it, this practice gives you space to see yourself as an outsider and give yourself the chance to respond with reason instead of reacting without self-awareness or understanding.

Following is a link to a record sheet to use to understand your response in any situation. This tool helps not only to understand your response to something, but also to begin to understand where it is coming from and why. The more you can understand why you are responding to something the way you are the more freedom you have to respond in a way that is most effective.

ThoughtRecordSheet

REFERENCES

http://www.getselfhelp.co.uk/docs/ThoughtRecordSheet.pdf

 

 

Hydrotherapy for Happiness

Yup. It’s November. It’s dark and it’s getting cold. In past years I have called this one of my least favorite months but things have changed. I’m enjoying the changing colour of the leaves and I’m feeling cozy in the darkness this time around…. So far anyway.

Science says that we need to embrace the cold! I don’t mean jumping out into the elements unprepared… I’m talking about in your home, particularly in your shower.

There is nothing like enjoying a nice hot shower on a cold day and I would never suggest giving this up. Keep having hot showers! But…. bring on some cold spurts if you want some major extra benefits.

Yup. Hydrotherapy is something you can enjoy from the comfort of your own shower. There is no need to spend heaps of cash to go to the spa. If you wanna beat the blues, find the courage to turn your shower dial into the blue zone.

Noradrenaline is produced in part of the brain called the “blue spot”. Using hot/cold therapy stimulates your blue spot to release more noradrenaline. This, combined with our friend serotonin helps to increase mood. It helps you to feel more awake and invigorated throughout your day.

The cold water gets your heart pumping and actually wakes you up more than a cup of coffee does!

You can save money not only on water but also on coffee!

Not only is this good for your mood, and energy level, it is also an efficient way to reduce pain by releasing endorphins. Additionally, this hot and cold water combo increases the strength of your immune system.

It’s cheaper than a multivitamin. It’s basically an all around win.

Now try it!

Let me know how it works for you. I’m loving it so far… However it hasn’t helped me kick my coffee habit as of yet. It’ll take a little more than a few shots of cold water to kick my lovely coffee habit. Mmmm coffee….

:)

REFERENCES

http://healthfree.com/other_benefits_hot-cold-shower_therapy.html