Want To Change Your State?Jun 25, 2021
Something that I have become fascinated by in the last few years is how we can change our state.
Specifically - how we can move out of low mood, anxiety, procrastination or apathy and feeling more energised, focused and joyful.
So much of what I do as a coach is supporting people to shift their state.
Today, I just wanted to share 6 simple ways proven to change your state (out of the plethora I have been gathering).
👉🏼 Movement: Whether it be running, dancing, walking, swimming or yoga, movement is an excellent way to change your state. Exercise promotes the releases of endorphins - feel-good neurochemicals that induce feelings of pleasure, they can also act as pain inhibitors. Movement has also shown to reduce stress and anxiety.
👉🏼 Breathwork: or deep breathing (especially a long exhale) is one of the quickest ways to move you from a stress response to a place of calm. Deep breathing helps us shift into the parasympathetic nervous system (from flight or flight to rest and digest) making us feel more relaxed.
👉🏼Music: Ever felt a bit flat, then put on some good music and noticed your mood change? Brain scans and psychological research show music can improve mental health and reduce stress.
👉🏼 Nature: In Japan, time is nature is prescribed by doctors for mental wellbeing - it's called Forest Bathing (shinrin-yoku). Being in nature can reduce anger, stress and fear and can bring greater emotional wellbeing.
👉🏼 Posture: Your posture impacts your mood and your state of being. Research has shown that having a stooped posture can increase feelings of negativity. Straighten up to change your mood.
👉🏼 Connection: Feeling connected is key to our state of wellbeing. Connection reduces anxiety and depression, improves self-esteem and makes us happier. There is a large body of research demonstrating the importance of connection for our mental wellbeing. Book in that cuppa with a friend, volunteer your time to a good cause or just play with your kids with presence (connection building).
So next time you feeling in a low mood or feeling a bit anxious put on your favourite music, go for a run or have a living room dance, dial-up a friend and meet face to face or get out in nature and practice your deep breathing.
I would love to hear what you do to change to stand your state?
PS. Need some guidance on bringing in daily rituals to change your state? Check for more info below.