Tackle toxicity – be grateful

Six hours. That’s how long the effects of strong emotions last in your body. That’s a big portion of your day. Anger, frustration, anxiety – they can ripple around your body producing ill effects long after you think you’ve moved on from that toxic emotion. Bu the good news is that positive emotions also have similar effects.

How do you counter the effects of the toxic strong emotions? Simple. Count your blessings. Be grateful. You don’t need other people to bring you positive emotions and energy. By practicing feeling grateful, you can set up a habit and emotional circuitry that helps to protect you from the toxic strong emotions that crop up from time to time.

Try practicing twice a day. Once in the morning, and top up again in the afternoon. Spend just 3 minutes.

Notice the warmth of your duvet when you are in bed. Hear the laughter in your child’s voice. Smell the coffee as it brews.

Notice the small things. Things that give you pleasure. Things that make you feel lucky.

Be careful with what you think. It is more powerful than we yet know.

2 thoughts on “Tackle toxicity – be grateful

  • runsqueezyrun

    Six hours – wow, that’s a long time to have something bubbling away under the surface. I agree completely, especially when it comes to feelings of negativity – two people very close to me suffered for years dealing unsuccessfully with strong negative emotions in response to the hurtful actions of other individuals. Your statement, “It is more powerful than we yet know”, struck a chord, I’ve always believed, although far-fetched to some, that the negative emotions they’d been harbouring had some bearing on their terminal cancer.
    I am very conscious of trying to keep levels of stress and negativity in check and I think it is difficult for many people. I am a natural worrier (although conversely I am also an unrealistic optimist) the worry part is such a negative emotion, especially when most of my worry concerns very minor things that have no consequence and not the “big” things. I have tried all sorts of techniques but what works for me best is thinking in the moment and appreciating the small but good things; it seems to have a beneficial effect. It may take a long time but I feel far less anxious these days.
    Right now, I am appreciating this lovely cup of tea and the noisy starlings outside my window…

    • DrSarbJohal

      Starlings are noisy but lovely birds. I remember growing up with loads around, squabbling away with each other. Appreciation and savouring (like the cup of teas you were drinking) are interesting and helpful concepts that fit together with the mindful approach you described, Luisa. Keep practicing – I do too 🙂

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