[Thrive into the Weekend: A blog series designed to empower athletes to thrive in life and sport by encouraging intentional action]
By Kate Bennett, PsyD
Thrive into the Weekend by thinking outside of the box. As I discussed earlier this week, some people are predisposed to being rationally-minded whereas others are emotionally driven. Practice connecting with your non-dominant mind to enhance your Wise Mind.
Rationally-Minded People: Be willing to take a risk and dare to step outside of your comfort zone. Ideas for connecting with your emotional mind include going on a spontaneous day trip, journaling, drawing, listening to music from high school, or looking at old pictures. You can also connect emotionally by sharing the best and hardest parts of the day with a friend or family member. Devote time to connecting with your emotions, allowing space for spontaneity in your weekend.
Emotionally-Minded People: Slow things down and create plans. Identify one to two things that you would like to accomplish this weekend and plan for execution. When you notice yourself having a strong emotional reaction, take a deep breath and slow things down. Understand the source of your emotions and then respond. Create space for structure and stillness in your weekend.
After connecting with your non-dominant mind, take a moment to reflect on the experience and identify ways to continue using it on a daily basis. As you strengthen your non-dominant mind you will also enhance your Wise Mind. Live train thrive.