Overview: Increasing Positive Activities
We all have activities that we know make us feel good – emotionally and physically. But sometimes we just feel too busy, too focused on one aspect of everyday life or work to make time for them. This exercise is all about restoring the balance and consciously putting those positive activities back on the map.
This is a direct application of the principles of the cognitive behavioral model which underpins all the MindFit exercises. Engaging in positive behaviors – rather than negative or unhealthy behaviors – is more likely to result in positive thoughts. Positive thoughts then cause an increase in positive emotions which in turn fuels a more positive cycle of performance.
Take a pause and identify what activities make you feel happy – make a list of what these are.
Have you recently stopped engaging in some of these activities? If so, ask yourself “why?”
Consciously plan positive activities into your diary. Identify ones that you could easily do every day like listening to music or going for a short walk or a run. Then think about the ones you might do weekly or monthly – the kind of activities which take more organizing or cost something such as going to the Movies or having lunch with a friend.