Ever felt like you were in a rut? That things were stalled or at a dead end? Have you ever felt helpless or powerless to change your situation? You’re not alone. The bad news is that these emotions can have quite serious consequences to our happiness and quality of life. The good news is that there are some really effective techniques to turn these emotions around

There are a lot of things you can do to change your state of mind, but none work faster or more effectively than just doing something different today than you did yesterday. Begin with small stuff. It’s amazing how much of a difference you can create just by making a few small changes. For example, there’s a large body of research indicating that changes in the colours, shapes and sounds around you can have immediate and profound effects on your mood. Happy and positive emotions can be stimulated with blue, green and pink colours; shapes that are curved (no sharp angles); lines that move upward from left to right; and sounds that are not too loud with higher pitches and fast rhythms. Energy and enthusiasm can be stimulated with orange and strong red colours, contrasting shapes and loud, strong rhythms. Even simple changes to your every day routines can begin to awaken a few neurons. Take lunch a half- hour earlier than usual. Rearrange the order in which you do things. Mess with your schedule a bit.

Next, commit to yourself to take a new action every day. Make a list of things you’ve been putting off or neglecting – things you like to do, or need to do. Set up a schedule to do one of them every day, then make sure you do them. Once you’ve begun to create a little forward motion, you will begin to feel more motivated, stimulated and positive. It’s a wonderful thing.

The secret to all of this, though, is to get the ball rolling. So do something now. Don’t wait. Don’t procrastinate. Don’t find an excuse. Find something you can do in the next five minutes that’s positive, and different than something you did yesterday. What do you have to lose?

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