Torrey’s Top 10 Jedi Mind Tricks to Instantly Improve Your Day

Remember in the movie Star Wars when Obi-Wan Kenobi used a Jedi mind trick to convince Imperial Stormtroopers that “these are not the droids you’re looking for” in order to avoid being captured?

Obi-Wan was somehow able to implant his own thoughts into his adversary’s to get him to take any action he desired.

I’ve been practicing this technique on my 11-year -old son to see if I can make him lift the toilet seat regularly or, for that matter, take a shower without being told.  I haven’t yet tapped into “The Force” enough to call myself a “Jedi Master” but there IS a way you can use this power on your own self to get results you want.

Try these 10 simple Jedi Mind Tricks to find ways to lower stress and boost your mood and energy levels.  They may just help you find the extra spark you need to meet the challenges of the day.

Lord knows we all need it.

1.  Breathe deeplyThe easiest and most transformative thing you can do is to breathe. It connects you to your body, it shuts you up, it gets you centered, and it allows you to connect to your intuition — which is where all your big answers to all the problems in your life are.  Oh, yes…it even lowers your blood pressure and relieves stress.  It also keeps you from going postal.

2.  Make your bed.  Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, writes that many people benefit from making this modest step part of their routines. By checking it off your to-do list first thing, you’ve got one less thing to worry about for the rest of the day.  It also defrays any chance of giving up on your day and crawling back into your bed again.

3.  Use aromatherapy.  Light a scented candle, dab some essential oils in a cotton ball, boil some home-made potpourri or simply sniff a lemon.  Scents from essential oils can be calming or stimulating; they can energize, create mental clarity, have a relaxing effect, and some fragrances are even are thought to interact with the body’s ability to product pain-fighting substances.  This post gives you ten great ways to use aromatherapy and essential oils in your home.  And, no, I am not trying to morph you into a hippie.

4.  Clear your desk.  Clutter can make you lose focus and curb productivity.  Declutter your outer environment and you may feel lighter on the inside and more motivated to concentrate on whatever your task is at hand.  Take five minutes to find more wood than paper staring back at you, even if it means you dump it into a bin to take care of later.

5.  Pump up the volume.  The right music has the power to change your attitude. So load up your iPod and create a special playlist that will make you smile — whether you’re working or working out.  While you are at it, dance like no one is watching.

6.  Get some sun.  Just a few minutes of sunshine increases your Vitamin D intake, elevates your mood and can stave off depression.  It will make you more cheerful, more inspired and motivated.  It will even make you more pleasant.  (From what I see on the internet, some of y’all could really use a good dose of pleasant.)

7.  PrioritizeIt’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you have multiple tasks crowding your mind like a pack of squirrels scampering around.  Make a list and finish your most dreaded duties first to avoid the anxiety caused by procrastination. Find glory when you check off each task as you complete it. 

8.  Take a walk.  Walking is simply one of the easiest — and safest — activities for burning calories and tuning up the cardiovascular system.  It doesn’t have to take very long.  (As Nike says, “Just Do It“)  Make your walk meaningful.  Look around.  Enjoy your surroundings.  Have fun!  One more bonus:  A simple exercise program such as walking can both melt off abdominal fat, which creeps on as we get older, and help reduce the risk of diseases linked to abdominal fat.  Be gone, abdominal fat!

9.  Laugh.  I am here to tell you that laughter really is the best medicine.  Need inspiration outside of my blog to find something funny?  Go to YouTube.  No one will know you took pleasure in seeing people busting their ass.

10.  Keep an attitude of gratitude.  The little effort of saying “thank you” or of writing and sending a “thank you” note can have benefits far beyond the value of the moments involved. “Thank you” can motivate, validate, and give positive reinforcement.  This also ensures that you will surround yourself with positive people who support you.  Just remember to say thank you frequently and graciously to those around you each and every day.

In summary, I part with these words of wisdom:

Patience.  Use the force.  Think.  May the force be with you, Master.

(One last thing:  THANK YOU to all my readers for all your comments, visits and shares.  It means a lot to me!)

About The Author

Torrey Shannon

My name is Torrey Shannon and I am a writer, author, blogger, movie consultant, speaker, veteran's advocate and Blue Star Mom. I am also a full-time caregiver and spouse of a wounded warrior. My husband survived a gunshot wound to the head in a gunfight in Iraq in 2004 after serving in the Army for more than 23 years. We spent three years of his recovery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He has severe PTSD and suffered a traumatic brain injury. Dealing with the invisible wounds of war first-hand allows me to bring a human element to the problems our military communities face. Blogging gives me the chance to do what I love the most: write about life after combat and help create awareness and solutions for military members and their families. When I am not writing here, I freelance for a variety of publications and media outlets and am currently writing a book.