We all have days we feel more downbeat than others and it can be hard to see the positive, especially during these trying times.
But what happens when thinking negatively becomes a habit? While it’s ok to have highs and lows, if you feel off-balance, explore these five ways you can train your mind to think more positively.
1. Observe Your Thoughts
Negative thoughts have a way of creeping up in your mind again and again. But is there a pattern you may be missing? Spend a few minutes meditating or quietly reflecting on your thoughts.
You might notice that certain activities, future thinking or planning are making your head go around in circles. Perhaps you’ll become mindful of what triggers your negative thinking habit.
Meditation or mindfulness can help you be more conscious of your internal dialogue, which could lead you to feeling calmer or more in control of your thoughts. Learn more about practicing mindfulness in stressful situations on our blog.
2. Reflect on the Good Things
Appreciating what you have helps you sharpen your focus on what is good in your life, rather than what you lack. Keeping a gratitude journal is a great way to cultivate gratitude regularly.
Instead of that final social media scroll before bed, swap it out for some quiet reflection. Jot down a few good things that happened to you throughout your day. And don’t worry about making it too deep. It could be as simple as something cute your dog did, enjoy a cup of coffee or watching a beautiful sunset.
It may feel a little forced at first but remember that practise makes perfect. Give it a crack – you might be surprised by how you feel in a few weeks!
3. Steer Clear of Negative Talk about Yourself
Are you your own harshest critic? While this inner voice can be motivational at times, negative self-talk can also be toxic to our self-esteem. Thoughts like “I can never do anything right” can lead you down a path of cognitive distortion – where your inner dialogue could be holding you back from your potential.
When you catch yourself engaging in negative self-talk, imagine saying it to a close friend. This could help readjust your perspective and talk to yourself with the same kindness you would afford your mates. Learn four simple ways you can boost your self-esteem in our blog post.
4. Do Things that Make you Feel Happier
Boost those positive thoughts by making time to do something you love. From giving back to the community, reading, getting active, spending more time doing any activity that brings you joy, prioritise it! Carving out time, even just a few minutes a day or each week, can help you feel happier and could lead to more positive thinking.
5. Look After Your Body and Mind
Healthy eating and an active lifestyle gives our body the fuel and energy it needs to feel good. Incorporating physical activity into your week, no matter if you’re inside, at the gym or outdoors, can help you get those feel-good endorphins pumping and help you work towards feeling fabulous in your skin.
Remember that a healthy mind and body is not about a destination, it’s about the journey. Honour whatever stage you’re at and feel good about taking time out for you! From an energising Pilates session to an electrifying cycle class or even a nourishing home-cooked meal, you may find it easier to retrain your brain to feel positive.
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