Can’t hug the ones you love? Give yourself a hug!
This morning, Pam Burrows (People Booster) asked us to use our imagination – a skill we might not practice using the older we get. Our physical responses to stress might be creeping up, but we can trick our brains into releasing amazing hormones that make us feel good, through the power of positive thought.
In times of lockdown and social distancing, we might not be able to hug, fist-bump or high five others, but there’s no reason we can’t do that for ourselves. I personally give ‘self fives’ when I feel like I’ve done a task well…odd to some, but my mind and body thank me for it!
This ties in very nicely with one of the Harmless mantras – celebrate every tiny victory. Give yourself permission to feel good in your achievements, no matter how big or small. At points in my life, I’ve struggled to get out of bed, brush my teeth, shower, and get dressed. Doing these tasks might be everyday ‘normality’ for many, but when you’re surviving mental ill health, every little job done is a reason for celebration.
How are you going to thank yourself for all that you’re managing to achieve?
Don’t forget to check out Pam’s page: https://www.facebook.com/PamBurrowsUK/