Ever wake up feeling anxious, worried, down, or depressed? Hello!
As for the cause of our collective angst, just about anything can trigger it--financial worries, stress about work, health problems, an accident of fate, phantoms from the past, relationship "issues,"or even rainy weather. And very often, there's no reason at all, for moods are unpredictable, fluctuating for reasons even a forensic psychiatrist may never explain.
But like the weather, our emotional storm clouds do come--and then go. But rather than being a slave to our moods, and reactive to them, there is, I've discovered, a reliable and FAST way to turn a dark mood into a bright one. It's a remedy that's better than Prozac, and something I do every day that lifts me up when I'm down.
I learned this technique from my great friend TONY ROBBINS--the master of peak performance who teaches how anyone can create a resourceful, powerful energy state that can propel you forward toward your greatest potential rather than remaining fixated on problems, worries, and limitations.
It's really simple: Change THREE things--physiology, focus, and language--AND CHANGE YOUR LIFE.
For me, first and foremost, the secret to lifting me up is changing my body state, i.e. physiology. So the first thing I do every morning is: stretching, sit-ups, push-ups, twenty minutes on the treadmill, then twenty laps in the pool and a few minutes in the 103-degree whirlpool. I often follow this with biking outside on the Esplanade at home here in Battery Park City. Trust me--after I've been running, biking, and swimming, and felt the breeze of the day against me when I'm outside--those negative moods are swept away. And it's a lot faster than Prozac! This ALWAYS works. Hydrating is also key, as most of us don't drink enough water. Then after the physical exercise, I always have a smoothie--apples, pineapple, raspberries, and blueberries, with a white-egg omelette or whole grain cereal. I mention all this because each of these things I'm doing is dramatically changing my body state, my physiology. And inevitably, I always feel energized and ready to tackle the day.
If I focus on all my problems, I'M a problem! So I try to focus my attention on the positive actions I can take to turn my life in the direction I want it to go. When I'm outside, I focus on the beauty of the environment here--the Hudson River, the parade of dogs and interesting people, the sailboats, the trees and flowers, the Statue of Liberty, you name it. Once I'm focused on something positive outside the space of my own head, I feel MUCH better, and again, this you can't get in a pill.
WAYNE DYER has often told me: "The most important thing a person can do to erase fear and access power is repeating these five key words: I WANT TO FEEL GOOD! This is the same thing as saying: I want to feel spirit, I want to be in harmony with the source of well-being."
So just for today, that's where I leave you....I want to feel good, and I hope you do too.
Friday, April 9, 2010
Better Than Prozac--A Foolproof Way To Vanquish Any 'Down' Mood--EXERCISE
Posted by Glenn Plaskin's Reflections at 11:14 AM
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What WONDERFUL words of advice!!!! If we all focused on these 3 things each day, what a better world (not to mention outlook) we'd all have. THANK YOU FOR THIS!!! This was a refreshing reminder to me of actions I can take each day to feel better and function at my best each day.ReplyDelete
Can't wait to read the Katie book once it's out! Thanks again Glenn.
It has been said: "hope is not an activity".ReplyDelete
Follow the 3 action steps Glenn suggests, every day, and discover that turning point in your life.
Thank you, Glenn, for passing along these wonderful suggestions!
I have already "pre-ordered" your new book - Katie Up and Down the Hall - from Amazon. I am truly looking forward to reading the complete story of Katie's humanity advancing adventures.ReplyDelete
Your preview of how this small canine became an unwitting catalyst for such large outpourings of love and affection has built up quite some anticipation for me.
So now as I wait for your book I am reminded of that famous tag line spoken so often Paul Harvey: "and now the rest of the story".