In connection with the widespread fire of anger when people boil over the news, I wanted to share some useful techniques on how not to lose your inner peace while dealing, coping, and trying to solve (whatever word you chose) the global problems. Remember, your inner peace, which is the key to your mental and physical well-being should not be neglected.
Anchoring For Happiness is one of the Neuro-Linguistic Programming techniques for combating bad moods and negative emotions. Here is a detailed explanation of how to employ this technique.
An anchor is a stimulus that triggers a response in you or your client. When a person reaches the peak of his/her intense emotional state that was pulled out of his/her memory, a certain stimulus may be applied to re-connect the person with the desired emotion (ie - happiness, inner peace). Certainly, all of us have had a situation before, in which our head pulsated with a "stay calm, stay calm" notion. Imagine being able to produce a state of happiness, joy, and inner peace immediately and at any time, even during an unpleasant situation, event, or conversation. This is possible if you establish an anchoring mechanism. In fact, it only takes two simple steps to anchor your happy emotion.
Recall something in your past that once made you really happy. It should be an intense feeling of happiness. For example, the day when you won an important competition, or the day your parents gifted you an adorable puppy, etc. Bring yourself back to this time and try to feel all of this joy and happiness again.
Chose a unique anchor—or an action to remind you of the positive emotion you felt during this intensely happy moment in your life. For example, this anchor (action) may be to apply light pressure on your third or second knuckle or to touch your wrist. It could be any motion that only you will know about. However, be careful to not create an awkward image of yourself; that is why the knuckle or wrist are probably the best options, under the condition that you don’t have any habits with them within your body language, such as rubbing or twisting your wrist when nervous, for example. Apply your anchor (press on your knuckle) as soon as you feel that your imaginary happiness has almost reached its highest point. Create a mental connection; connect this emotion with your anchor. Then, when the emotional state of your recalled happiness reaches its peak, and you know it going to slide down the parable, remove your anchor immediately.
Practicing reinforcing your happiness will help you to cope with your negative emotions; it will help you to stay calm and emotionally well despite your fear and frustration. Instead of pulling someone’s finger, press on your knuckle and feel better☺