Taking Positive Actions

Goals should be achievable.

Try these and revise them if you like:

1. Appreciate things you have - no matter how small - all day.

We take things for granted. Starting when you wake up, before getting out of bed, be grateful for something - like breakfast, for example.

2. Acknowledge your good qualities and accomplishments.

Are you smart? Caring? Determined? Everything good about you deserves praise. Self-criticism erodes confidence and mood. Validation builds it.

3. Notice something positive that happens to you every day.

This can be an experience, a thought, a feeling. All positives are important, no matter how small.

4. Exercise at least 10 minutes each day.

Exercise releases energy and stimulates endorphins, which elevates mood. Walking counts.

5. Focus/Center/Meditate at least 2 minutes as often as you can.

Sit quietly, eyes closed. Follow your breathing, don't engage thoughts. The purpose of this is to develop clarity about your thoughts, feelings and actions. With clarity and balance comes increased control, and freedom of choice.

6. Have Empathy for someone else.

It's good to get out of your own head. You can have empathy for someone you know, see, or hear about. A "Random Act of Kindness" could be even better.