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It’s important for psychologists and psychotherapists to look after their own mental health during their training. When focusing on the patient or client wellbeing, it can be easy to forget self-care, but positive psychology exercises can benefit us all.
Our master’s in Positive Psychology course is a great career platform for anyone who is passionate about challenging mind sets in a more constructive way. This is also a great time to study as we are offering a 2020 master’s bursary of up to £3,000 at the University of Bolton.
If you’re interested in positive psychotherapy practices and would like to improve your own wellbeing at the same time, here are three positive psychology therapy exercises to try.
Write down things that make you laugh
If you need to lift your mood, write down things that make you laugh. These can be funny quotes you heard, an experience from your day or something that you observed from afar. By laughing, you will release endorphins and will also train your brain to appreciate the smaller details, the moments in time that are often forgotten.
Count kind gestures of the day
One of the best positive psychology exercises for patients, and yourself, is to focus on kindness. Count the gestures, exchanges and social interactions that add value to your day. These could be kind words from a friend, a smile from a stranger or favours from work colleagues. By focusing on kindness, you can redirect attention to the things that matter, rather than material gains.
Keep a journal
Documenting moments in your life is beneficial if you want to have a structured approach to therapy. By keeping a journal, you can break down individual experiences and keep a record of the positive changes and improvements. Plus, you will create a healthy habit of self-reflection, which is vital for emotional awareness.
To find out more about studying positive psychology, go to our MSc Positive Psychology course page. Our mentors provide a supportive and friendly learning environment, and outstanding teaching quality is a core part of our approach. In fact, we rank in the Top 5 for Teaching Quality across the whole of the UK (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide in 2021 and 2020).
We have also been voted No.1 in the North West for Student Satisfaction for the past three years (Complete University Guide in 2021, 2020 and 2019), making the University of Bolton one of the best places to study.