Through the day, we can check our balance of mind in 4 steps.
- We can stop, and ask ourselves, ‘How am I feeling?’ Then we can observe ourselves, and find an answer.
- After that, we can ask ourselves ‘Why am I feeling this way?’ This puts us in touch with causes, and teaches us to explain our moods.
- Then we can ask ‘How would I like to feel?’ We can set a target emotion.
- Finally, we can ask ‘What can I best do to feel that way?’ We can think of an activity that brings us closer to our target emotion. We can then do that activity.
This 4-step process takes a few seconds. Once learned, it can become second nature. It brings us mindful self-correction, the ability to balance our emotions, and to stay mentally healthy.