Bouncing Back

Tennis, Tennis Ball, Court.We all have our go-to ways to help us regain our equilibrium when life’s challenges and adversities come along.

Here are some additional tips and strategies from Karen Salmansohn, author of The Bounce Back Book. While we may not have much control over the situations we encounter, Salmansohn lists 75 ways to call upon your inner strength. Today’s post lists my 10 favorite suggestions.

  1. Walk yourself out of a bad mood. Research shows that taking a brisk 30-minute walk three times a week is as effective as antidepressants in improving one’s mood.
  2. Take two minutes to recharge. Salmansohn says to do a few yoga stretches, listen to a favorite song, call a friend, read something funny.
  3. Use time travel by thinking back to a happy experience and reliving it. Remember that luscious cup of hot chocolate at Laduree? Or the morning your safari driver found a mother leopard playing with her two cubs?
  4. Realize how much control we really do have over our lives. The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology says that the number one contributor to well-being is autonomy, “the feeling that your life–its activities and habits–are self-chosen and self-endorsed.”
  5. Imagine life as you’d like it to be. Now imagine it 50 percent better than what you want it.
  6. What goes down often bounces back even higher. Having experienced something difficult, you may be even more grateful for the good times.
  7. Sing your heartache out. According to the Institute of Music, Health and Education, five minutes of singing or humming can put you in a better mood.
  8. Use meditation to envision a better future. Exhale the past, inhale the future.
  9. Do something nice for someone else. Philanthropic activities create more happiness for us than simply doing something pleasurable.
  10. Take a nonjudgmental stance on what is going on around you. Say to yourself, “Isn’t it interesting how things are unfolding?”

What is your favorite technique for regaining your footing after a setback?

-G.

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