Bad Mood Busters

Written by Maryann Troiani, Psy.D.

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5. Watch what you say -- and never say words such as “try” To begin acting like happy and optimistic people, you need to learn what they do. Optimistic people act and talk in certain ways. For example, they use certain words. The words people use can affect their moods and energy levels. Changing your words can actually change your attitude and feelings. Use “upbeat” words, instead of “upset” words. For example, you can say, “I feel overwhelmed” which is upsetting. Or, you can say, “I feel challenged …nevertheless I can do it” which is upbeat.

One ofrepparttar most interesting differences between happy and unhappy people is that happy people never or rarely userepparttar 150749 word ‘try’ or ‘but.’ These two words leave people feeling hopeless and not in-control of their lives. Happy people feel hopeful, and take tons of responsibility for their lives. The words ‘try’ and ‘but’ are excuses, and unhappy people have a bad case of ‘excus-itis.

6. Focus on What You Want & Not On What You Don’t Want Worry isrepparttar 150750 #1 happiness and energy zapper. The fastest way to fill yourself with endless joy and energy is to stop worrying. How can you do that? Each time you have a negative thought, immediately switch it to a positive thought such as a solution to your woes. People who focus on solutions rather than problems are optimistic, happy and very high energy.

7. Pursue What You Love To Do and It Will Light Your Fire The best way to start your day and jump out of bed with an enthusiastic mood is to find your passion. Find out what thrills you and you’ll find boundless new energy to jump out of bed and startrepparttar 150751 day with a great mood. People who have no energy inrepparttar 150752 morning or even duringrepparttar 150753 day are really lost souls. They do not have a real reason to get out of bed each day. Finding your passion or what thrills you in life can turn you on each day, light your fire and boost your mood.

Anyone can become more upbeat and optimist. When people use these techniques, they invariably feel a heavy burdens lift off their shoulders. They feel positive, upbeat, and confident. You only need a few minutes to put these tips into action. They can be your key to enhanced life including your health, wealth, and career success.

Remember: Optimism isrepparttar 150754 hidden key to your personal success. Optimists possess a clear vision of an exciting life, confidently work on goals to achieve their vision, and take self-responsibility. In contrast, pessimists have no clear vision of a fantastic life, and they love to complain, blame, and moan. So which do you want to be ---- happy & optimistic or unhappy and pessimistic? The choice is all yours.

© Copyright 2005 Maryann Troiani, Psy.D.

Maryann Troiani, Psy.D., is a speaker and media personality. She delivers speeches and workshops. She co-authored the book, “SPONTANEOUS OPTIMISM: Proven Strategies for Health, Prosperity & Happiness”. Dr. Troiani has tele-coached many people with her "optimism and change-your-life" techniques. You can email her at or phone her at (847) 382-0690.

Stress management

Written by Prem Nirmal

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2. Breath awareness: Bring your attention to your breath. Breath awareness will make you more aware to notice various aspects of stress, situation and its effects on your body-brain system. Breath awareness will bringrepparttar understanding ofrepparttar 150677 dominant nostril. At any given time, we have one dominant nostril and one blocked nostril. The dominance andrepparttar 150678 blockage can be of varied degrees.

3. Changerepparttar 150679 dominant nostril: This is one ofrepparttar 150680 oldest secret of “Shiv Swarodaya” or Swar Yoga. As you become aware of stress andrepparttar 150681 dominant nostril, simplest thing to do now is to blockrepparttar 150682 dominant nostril by pressing thumb on that nostril and breathe throughrepparttar 150683 other nostril for twenty one times. Normally this is sufficient to changerepparttar 150684 nostril and stoprepparttar 150685 setting in ofrepparttar 150686 stress. This simple method works in a miraculous manner to manage stress!

4. Practice “Nirmal Kriya”: Nirmal Kriya is one ofrepparttar 150687 most powerful methods to eliminate stress instantly. It takes only half a minute to practice it. Here is how you go about it… Start with a couple of deep breaths. Now start with four short breaths and end with a long breath. Duringrepparttar 150688 long breath exhalation, create friction inrepparttar 150689 throat region. (This is known as Ujjayi Pranayam). This makesrepparttar 150690 train of five connected breaths. Repeat such train five times and you have completed 25 connected breaths Nirmal Kriya. You can do it standing, sitting or sleeping positions. You can repeat it every hour or anytime you feel you are drifting intorepparttar 150691 stressful situation.

5. Change your Attitudes: Become more positive towards stress management. Look at every situation in a positive manner, includingrepparttar 150692 stressful situations. In fact we learn our best lessons of life fromrepparttar 150693 worst situations!

6. Set your Goals right: Practice SMART Goal setting. Let each of your goal be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time bound. Pursue realistic goals which are meaningful to you, rather than goals others have for you that you do not share.

7. Manage your Time: Practice Time management techniques and manage your life accordingly. Preparerepparttar 150694 list of things to do every day morning. Set your priorities right. Follow your own system torepparttar 150695 extent possible and also be flexible to change your system to suit your new environment.

8. Improve your EQ: Emotional quotient is based on Emotional Intelligence. Reducerepparttar 150696 intensity of your emotional reactions to stress. The stress reaction is triggered by your perception of emotional danger. Are you viewing your stressors in exaggerated terms? Are you over-reacting and viewing things as absolutely critical and urgent? Work at adopting more moderate views; try to seerepparttar 150697 stress as something you can cope with rather than something that overpowers you. Putrepparttar 150698 situation in perspective.

9. Take care of your body: Exercise for cardiovascular fitness three to four times a week Moderate, prolonged rhythmic exercise is best, such as walking, swimming, cycling, or jogging. Practice Yoga regularly. Eat well-balanced, nutritious meals. Maintain your ideal weight. Avoid nicotine, excessive caffeine, and other stimulants. Get enough sleep. Be as consistent with your sleep schedule as possible.

10. Take it easy: Mix leisure with work. Take breaks and get away whenever you can. Develop some mutually supportive friendships and relationships. Frustrations, failures, and sorrows are part of our life, for learning lessons. Always be kind and gentle with yourself -- be a friend to yourself. For more information please visit

Mr. Prem Nirmal teaches “Stress Management” at various B-Schools and also conducts Stress Management programs regularly at TAO, 209, Krishna, Laxmi Ind. Complex, Vartak Nagar, Pokhran Road-1, Thane (W).Mumbai. India. For more information, log on to Or e-mail to or call 9224127682.

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