With all the 2020 events, we all want life to be normal again. While we are starting to adjust to the new normal, many of us are not adjusting in a good way. We let go of positive routines and replace them with bad habits and activities.
We engage in fewer rewarding activities, ponder on stresses we can do nothing about, don't see friends frequently, and replace good habits with behaviors that keep us stuck. We are also unconsciously pausing our life and trying to wait this out.
The idea behind BAT is that we have to do happy to feel happy. Instead of our mood changing what we do, we need to change what we do to fix our mood. The first principle of BAT is to change what you do. Engage in the right activities and positive feelings will follow.
We can't wait until we feel better before we act. Emotions perpetuate themselves. We have to move now and break the cycle of our feelings. This is how we grab hold of happiness.
Create a balance between leisure activities and mastery.
Values are ongoing (staying fit). Goals can be achieved (go running today). When you prioritize your values, your goals will not be in conflict with one another.
Goals should be challenging, but possible. Make them specific and measurable. Frame your goals in a positive way that will provide positive reinforcement.
Don't allow your mood to define when you will do something. When we choose in the moment, we often choose badly, especially in stressful times.
Note the results of your actions and revise accordingly. Don't allow your mood to dictate your actions. You came up with the rules. You're telling you what to do.
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