Did you know the brain does not know the difference between what is real and what is perceived? In studies the same areas of the brain light up. This is why visualization is so helpful in elevating mood. Identifying and thinking about a positive memory of a person or place where one feels at ease can assist in feeling good. Recalling this in moments of discomfort can help one better tolerate and reduce overall stress level. If you find yourself overwhelmed with the day to day stress, imagine you are back at a place that brought you joy and happiness. It does not matter when in your life it occurred. It could be from long ago or the past week. Negative thoughts change the perception of our self and the world around us. This impacts our mood and desire to engage in activities that bring us joy. Identifying, changing and replacing negative thoughts empower our ability to take action needed to improve our overall well-being. Next time you find yourself saying “I can’t do this” in your head say “I got this!” It can be helpful to even say it out loud so you can hear yourself saying it!

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