Do you have goals, wants or needs?
Do you have a dream?
Why do you want it?
Well, if I were to keep asking you why, you would eventually find yourself saying, “Because it makes me feel good,” or “Because I can avoid pain.” The truth is, everything we do is to either gain pleasure or get out of pain; it can even be some combination of both.
So what’s the point here?
The point is, everything we do is to gain a certain feeling. We eat because it makes us feel good, we eliminate because it would be painful if we didn’t.
So what if there was a way that we can instantly change the way we feel in a heartbeat?
Well, there is and it’s actually a lot simpler than you may think and it’s also completely in your control. The answer is to change your physiology, meaning what you are doing with your body.
The quickest way to change how we feel would be to instantly change the way we move. If you are sitting with your head slouched over and you have a big frown on your face, you are going to feel a lot worse than if you stood tall with your head high, shoulders back and a big smile on your face.
The way you use your body is sending your nervous system messages about what’s going on, thus affecting your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
There are even studies that have been done with patients who were clinically depressed who were able to completely rid themselves of any signs of depression by simply forcing them to smile in front of a mirror for 15 minutes daily.
We often say “I just don’t feel like it.” Do you think that maybe the way you are handling your physiology might have something to do with that?
Learn to take control of how you feel by snapping in and out of different states and emotions by dramatically changing your physiology. The way you breathe, stand, your facial expression, whether you are tall or slouched. All of these things (and more) affect your state and you can take control.
If you want to take it a step further, take a look at the foods you eat, the liquids you drink, the way you sleep, the amount of time you spend sitting vs standing.
Be aware of how you are using your body; you don’t want to let your body use you.
By: Bren Dubé @brendube
Based on Episode 18 of The Implicit Show