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How To Be Less Emotional If Your Team Lost In World Cup

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How To Be Less Emotional If Your Team Lost In World Cup

Your team just lost in World Cup.  You are devastated.  Now what?  Here is a list that will help you be less emotional after your team lost in World Cup.

1. Smile

This may sound ridiculous and you may wonder how is it even possible to smile after your team lost in World Cup, but just do it.  When you smile, endorphin’s are released, which are a natural pain reliever and known to reduce stress.  Even if you fake a smile, if the muscles in your face move like you are smiling, your brain will think you are smiling and release those endorphin’s.  You should give it a try.

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2. Take Deep Breathes Through Your Nose

Nitric oxide is a chemical found in the back of your nose used to open up blood vessels.  When these blood vessels open, your lungs get a surge of oxygen.  When your lungs get a surge of oxygen you instantly feel happier.  Does it get any easier than this?  Take very large deep breathes through your nose.  You will get that surge of oxygen and will instantly feel better.

3. Watch A Funny Movie

Think back to when you were watching a movie and could not stop laughing.  If your team lost in World Cup you need to change your emotions quickly, and you can do this by watching a funny movie.  For example if you like vintage movies try “Blazing Saddles” or “Airplane”.  If you are in the younger crowd try “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” or “Borat”.  If you do not have access to a movie, try searching YouTube for “funny fails” and watch some of these.  You will be laughing in no time.

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4. Take A Walk At The Park

If your team lost in World Cup, get out of your house and take a walk in the park.  Enjoy some peace and tranquility of nature.  If you want to take it to the next level, observe everything during your walk in detail by activating your five senses.  This will put you in the present, and your mind will be at ease without any thoughts of what happened in the past.

5. Work In Your Garden

Go outside and work in your garden.  Your body will reduce the release of the stress hormone cortisol because gardening combines exercise, creativity,  and the serenity of working in nature.  Another added benefit of gardening is you get to work with your hands, and happiness is a side effect of working with your hands.  Reducing stress and adding happiness will ease any pain that reminds you that your team lost in World Cup.

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6. Read A Book

A good way to calm your mind is to read a book.  But only if you enjoy reading.  By reading you will be taking your mind away from the fact that your team lost in World Cup.  Make sure you read about subjects that are upbeat, positive, and maybe even funny.

7. Exercise

Most people will tell you if you are feeling emotional, or have any kind of stress, the best thing you can do is exercise.  It only takes five minutes to start feeling the benefits from exercising and you will feel great!  You don’t have to push yourself to the limit either because low to moderate exercise is best for reducing stress and raising your emotions.

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You were devastated that your team lost in World Cup.  If you follow these suggestions you will be less emotional and more happy.  It is amazing how quickly your emotions can change.  Even if you try two or three of these techniques, the changes will be very noticeable and you will feel great.  Remember these suggestions and use them anytime you need to add a little happiness to your life.

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Last Updated on November 22, 2021

Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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Simplify

I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

Absolutely.

And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

  • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
  • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
  • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

Be Mindful

You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

Reflect

As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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