Thursday, February 13, 2014
HelpPRO brings you this Jan/Feb series of practical tips and suggestions from Cheryl Johnson, certified WRAP and NAMI instructor, to help people with mental health issues and all of us for that matter, cope with and rise above challenges. Cheryl offers lifestyle choices we control that really make a difference.
Last week Cheryl suggested a pet to boost your mood. This week …….. a smile!
Do you want to be happier - SMILE! Smiling can truly change the way you feel. No need to quote research or provide reasoning or justification. Just smile. Try it for yourself.
When you feel down - browse pictures you like, particularly ones that make you smile. Then smile. It may not last, but it may be the nudge you need to engage in a pleasant activity to improve your mood.
When you are angry - smile. Then keep smiling. It is hard to be angry or frustrated with a smile on your face. Fake it until you make it with a smile!
When you feel tired and apathetic - smile. It may provide the gateway to pleasant dreams or induce a serene and tranquil state on days you may not have what it takes to get a lot done.
Smile ... It is contagious. Not only will smiling lift your spirits, it will lift the spirits of those around you.
Cheryl Johnson is a certified NAMI and WRAP instructor and regularly teaches courses that provide families and individuals who face mental health challenges information to help them lead full and satisfying lives. To get more information on Cheryl’s work or programs you can be in touch with Cheryl at firstname.lastname@example.org.