1. Switch on gratitude
Think of three good things that happened to you in the last 24 hours. It could be small, like hearing a favorite song on the radio, or large, such as booking a flight for a vacation.
Write each thing down and describe it in as much detail as you can. Include where it happened, what time of day it was, who was with you, even what you were wearing.
Note how you felt during and after you experienced this good thing. Were you fascinated? Surprised? Cheered up?
2. Show self-compassion
People who practice self-compassion are more likely to eat well, move more, and take good care of themselves—even when they're stressed.
Imagine a close friend is feeling down on themselves. How would you feel about them? What would you say?
Now call up a time when you felt bad about yourself. What did you think and say to yourself? Was it different?
Next time you're feeling bad, treat yourself like a friend and see how it feels.
1 Beck, Aaron T., MD. Cognitive Therapy and the Emotional Disorders. New York. Meridian. 1979. Print.
2 Foster GD. Changing the way you think: a challenge for long-term weight control.Weight Control Digest.