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The 21 Day Kick Start to Positive Thinking 

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We very often hear people tell us to be positive, look at the cup half full, not empty, or look for the silver lining in any situation. Why? What does any of that have to do with your ability to create a happier life?

Can we change our outlook on life? 

Dr. Maxwell Maltz was a plastic surgeon in the 1950’s, and to this day, is still considered the front runner in “emotional facelifts”. He conducted many surgeries on his patients that had left them with physical alterations. Whether it was the loss of a limb or facial reconstruction, he realized that a whole psychology was associated with their new “self image”. What he found was that it took a minimum of 21 days for patients brains to start adjusting to their new physicality. Maltz understood that “change” begins in between your ears. Because October is “Wellness Month”, sharing some tools and techniques to start changing your outlook on everyday life, I thought would be appropriate.

Wellness happens with deliberate effort

“Wellness” is defined as the quality or state of being healthy in body and mind, especially as a result of deliberate effort (dictionary.com). I love this definition, because it emphasizes “deliberate effort”. It is possible to wake up and be happy and carry that energy throughout the day, regardless of what shows up around you. Getting results with anything means you have to be deliberately conscious of your goal, and stay focused. For any one that has reached their goal by staying on track, you know the rewards are so sweet!

Let’s get started – It’s easier than you think! 

Are you ready to take control of your wellness? Let’s start the adventure to encourage you and inspire you.

I would like to kick start a change by focusing on some true and tried techniques from October 10 to the 31st. Utilizing these techniques will not only start to rewire your brain, but will also causes an onslaught of physiological changes as well. You will inevitably begin to feel better. Don’t be alarmed if negative thoughts or feelings pop back into your head or dominate over you while conducting these exercises. The really cool thing about that is your brain is resisting the change because it has been so use to the old way of thinking!!! Change is uncomfortable. Accept it. Embrace it. Move on.

I have listed a number of different tools and techniques. This is an opportunity to discover what works for you. Remember to do a minimum of one exercise per day, for 21 days. The more you can do in a day, the faster you will see the results. If you have children, get them to join in! Most importantly, have fun!

1) Gratitude 

Single someone out who doesn’t always receive thanks – take a moment and hand write them a thank you note.

2) Physical 

For 2 minutes stand in the Superman/Wonder Woman pose. Stand tall, place your feet shoulder width apart, and place your hands on your hips. Standing in this position has proven to make people feel more confident and powerful.

3) Affirmation 

It is so easy to think about something we do not like about ourselves! Start your day by saying three positive things about yourself!

“I am smart”, I am worthy”, “I am beautiful/handsome”, “I am loved”(Did you know that fear and anger ultimately boil down to not feeling worthy of love?)

4) Smile exercise 

Practice the 3S’s – Smile. Say thanks for three things. Set an intention. Why you ask? A smirk held for longer than 17 seconds has been shown to alter the brain’s chemistry and trigger-happy feelings.

5) Visualization

How do you envision yourself and your future? Take 3 minutes and visualize yourself on that beach vacation that you so well deserve, or in front of your colleagues doing a presentation that impresses everyone, or seeing the end result of your fitness goals! Let your thoughts carry you away! Daydreaming is so healthy as it promotes creativity!

6) Breathing 

Take 5 minutes and breathe deeply and slowly. Be conscious of your breath and focus only on your breath. If your mind wanders focus on feeling, hearing and experiencing the breath going in and out of your body. You will notice an immediate and positive affect on your mood.

7) Kindness 

Offer someone a genuine compliment today

Like my Facebook page Dr. Shar Rai to join us for the 21 Kick Off Challenge. Every day we will explore a new way to take control of your wellness. Get ready we will kick off on October 10th!

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