Tuesday, June 5, 2012

4 Easy Ways to Bring on the Calm!!

I would always believe that your smile is your best accessory!!! A girl could wear what, once she has the confidence, she would be able to sell it. Below is a list of four (4) simple ways to keep your calm and retain your smile, even in the face of adversity. Hope you find it helpful, I did. :)

4 Easy Ways to Bring on the Calm:-

Smile. It can lift your mood, a phenomenon known as the facial feedback hypothesis. Impairing frowning may disrupt the brain-body feedback loop, dampening negative emotions. Refrain from being negative, dwelling on negative thoughts and releasing a negative aura. Always think of the positive aspects of things and maintain that focus.

Sing. There’s evidence that a primitive sensory organ in the inner ear, the sacculus, might react to music, triggering a response in the hypothalamus that creates a pleasurable buzz. “Consider singing your worries out loud in a lilting voice,” says Reid Wilson, Ph.D., author of Don’t Panic: Taking Control of Anxiety Attacks. (Try something like “Bills, bills, bills—they suck!” to the tune of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat.”) “Singing about worries makes them seem a bit absurd and helps put them in perspective.” It helps you not take life too seriously and be stress-free.

Sweat. “Exercise may buffer the brain from stressful situations,” says John Ratey, M.D., author of Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain. There’s some evidence that working up a sweat promotes the growth of new neurons that are less reactive to stress.
Soothe. Replay a memory—cooking with your grandma—that evokes safety as you place your hand on your heart or cheek. “You’ll activate neural networks associated with feeling cared for, which can help you feel safer,” says neuropsychologist Rick Hanson, Ph.D. Another tip: Imagine yourself as a tree with a wide trunk and deep roots; visualize any upsetting things blowing around you like the wind. Hanson says, “They might rattle the leaves, but they can’t hurt the tree.” Or you. Exercising with music also allow you to let go off negative energy and help you feel better about yourself, enhancing your confidence level.

Hang With Upbeat People. Emotions are contagious. “You can catch a mood, just like a cold,” says Marco Iacoboni, M.D., author of Mirroring People: The Science of Empathy and How We Connect with Others. When you watch a person doing something, the mirror neurons in your brain are activated, even if you’re not doing anything yourself. So if you see someone smile, your mirror neurons for smiling fire up, whether or not you’re in a good mood. “Spend time with happy people and you’ll eventually feel happier yourself,” Dr. Iacoboni says. Keep away from negative people who do not add value or contribute to your life.

Keep Smiling!!