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SBS: Overcome Negative Thoughts for Better Health

Everyone can fall prey to negative thoughts at times. It’s like watching a movie that begins with clear skies and happiness and seeing it turn into dark clouds and horror. The bad thing about real life? There’s no eerie music to alert us when that turn takes place in our minds from positive to negative. We seem to only be able to tune into our thoughts once in a while to see how we’re doing.

When you catch yourself thinking negatively, there are a few things you can do – actually practice – that can help you overcome the negativity and get yourself into a happier and more productive frame of mind.

  • Adjust the tone of your voice, both inner and outer. When you find that your speaking or thinking tone is harsh and negative, change it to a lighter and more positive tone to help reinforce your desire to reach your health and weight loss goals.
  • Try Meditation. Finding time and space for your to meditate, or just making time to relax and restore your energy levels can do wonders for your outlook. Try to combine some yoga stretches or deep breathing to help you make bigger leaps in that positive direction.
  • Smile. The best way to diffuse the power of a negative situation is to smile – really smile, with your eyes and your entire face. It can lift your mood almost instantaneously and help to relieve stress. After all, it takes fewer facial muscles to smile than to frown.
  • Help someone else. Becoming someone’s benefactor can fill your heart and mind with happiness and gratitude. We’ve all got something we can share with others to help them overcome a challenge.  And, it’s much harder to think and project negative thoughts when you’re happy!
  • Keep a gratitude journal. Those who have overcome great obstacles in their lives say they kept and still do keep a gratitude journal. Writing a few things in it every day that they were grateful for helped them to refocus their thought processes and helped to get them through bad times.
  • Choose positive people to be around. You may have to work with negative people, and you may even have some in your own family, but your friends that you choose can be positive ones who help you put things into perspective when you’re falling victim to negative thinking.

Do whatever works for you to lift your spirits and get you out of negative self-talk and a negative attitude. Some people exercise – that gets the endorphins flowing and keeps you from becoming depressed.

Dancing and singing are also proven mood lifters. You don’t have to be good enough for “American Idol” or “Dancing with the Stars.” Just dance or sing unfiltered, without judging yourself or your ability, and see how quickly the stress can melt away.

You are in charge of the choices you make in your life and you can either choose to be a negative or a positive person – choose to be positive, and take that positive intention with you throughout your journey to better health and a stronger body.

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How to Challenge and Conquer Your Negative Thoughts

Do negative thoughts seem to creep into your mind and ruin your self-esteem or self-confidence  before you even know what’s happening? You may have spent a good part of your life thinking that way without truly realizing the cost. Parents or other influences in your life may have been the role models for your negative thinking patterns, but you can begin today to turn that pattern around.

Negative thoughts are a cycle that absolutely MUST be broken in order for you to begin to replace those thoughts that you clear from your mind with positive ones. Until then, you can learn how to challenge and defeat each negative thought that tries to worm itself into your thinking process and destroy your good mood.

Be sure to ask some specific questions of yourself when negative thoughts try to invade your thinking process. Ask yourself – “Is this thought reasonable, or does it lack the hard facts to support it?”. The situation may not be as bad as you perceive it to be – you may even be thinking, “What if…,” and it that negative thought never becomes a reality.

Many people go through life without realizing that their negative thoughts are sabotaging their lives. If you begin to recognize that and are currently working to reverse those thoughts, you’re way ahead of the ordinary.

Self-talk is said by psychologists to be the best way to either sabotage our lives or lead a life of confidence and positivity. Unfortunately, most of our self-talk is geared toward negativity. Being determined to reverse the pattern and think positively about your life, your present circumstance and the future you are building instead of being stuck in the situations you’re going through can put you way ahead of the game.

Look for the evidence of unnecessary and unsupported negative in the thoughts you’re having. For example, if you’re thinking, “The weather is bad and this plane might crash” during a routine flight, you know intelligently that you have no evidence to support that thought. Most planes take off and land with no incident at all. So, you can decide that your negative thoughts aren’t factual, but instead,  made up of interpretations that have no basis in fact.

You can also challenge your negative thinking by asking yourself what is the worst thing that could happen in a situation and how likely is it to happen. If you were thinking positive thoughts, would the situation still look as serious as it is in your mind right now? Probably not.

Another way to challenge your negative thinking is to direct your thinking toward the goals you want to accomplish. For example, ask yourself if what you’re thinking will help you move forward, toward your goals – or not.

Can you learn from the situation you’re in and change your thinking about it next time? After you consistently challenge and re-direct your negative thinking, you can think positively about any situation you’re in and start easing your way through life.

If you want more reinforcement for your positive thinking, and ways to challenge and re-direct your thinking, check out my “Staying Positive” personal development course by clicking HERE.

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SBS: Boost Your Health While Losing Weight with Positive Thinking

When most of us think about working to improve our health, we think about changing our eating plan, taking vitamin supplements and exercising – especially if you are considering (or already have had) weight loss surgery. What we may not consider that could help us most in the long run is the power of positive thinking.

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7 Ways to Think Positively and Change Your Life

Positive thinking can add so much to your life – including the fact that now we know positive thinking can add years to your life. When you think positively, you minimize or eliminate stress and give yourself the opportunity to live a healthier life and make better choices. If you’re currently stuck in a negative thinking habit, there are ways you can turn that habit around and get on the path to a positive, life-changing way of thinking.

If you really want to begin to think positively and change your life for the better, consider the following ways that you can change your habits and incorporate positive thinking into your own lifestyle:

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Transformational Vision: Taking Your Goals From Dream to Reality (Start Today!)

In order to achieve big goals in your life – related to your health, your image, your profession or another area –  you must be willing to think big. You should dream big and work to create a transformational vision that makes your goals a reality. Achieving your targets and goals is best achieved when you can clearly imagine and see every detail of your goal.

When you’re focused and working toward bringing your goals from just a dream to actual reality, you’ll feel happier and more fulfilled during your journey.

Follow these steps to bring your goals to fruition by creating a transformational, detailed vision of what you want in life:

1. Close your eyes and imagine your future. Where do you see yourself in one year, five years or ten? Try to think as far ahead as you comfortably can. Do you see yourself with a family, children, a steady job, and a college degree in ten years?

• Try to create a vivid, detailed vision. Pay attention to every detail – scents, sounds, feelings –  and let your dreams come to life in your mind, showing you what matters most to you. Think about where you want to be in the future and how you want to get there.

2. Write down everything you see from your vision. Use as much detail as you can when writing down what you remember – you can also speak the details of your vision out loud and record them. Write down the most important achievements that you focused on, but also the details about each. What are the details from your vision that matter most to you?

• Note the things that stood out in your visualization. Did you own your own home? Were you raising a family? Did you have a job or business that made you happy? Were you earning a comfortable income? What other details stood out? How did you feel?

3. Create a list of specific bullet points. Do this for each separate achievement that you wrote about from your visualization. For example, if one of your achievements is “I own my own home,” then you can list things like you are successfully saving for a down payment, that you’re easily making the monthly mortgage payments, and you have a steady income.

4. Break each of the bullet points down into specific, detailed, goals. For example, if one bullet point was to save for a down payment for the home you visualized, how can you get there? Create savings goals that will allow you to work toward having a down payment for your home.

5. Lay out your plan. Once you have a list of long term, medium term, and short term goals in mind, create a plan to help you achieve these goals. How will you create the life that you visualized into existence and move it from a dream to happy reality? Divide your large goals into smaller, well-planned and achievable steps.

6. Start achieving smaller or short-term goals today. Put your future plans into action today. Vow to take a small, positive step each day toward the future you described from your vision. Move forward every day, even if you are only taking small steps at a time.

7. Revisit your plan consistently – on a daily basis would be best. Visualizations, dreams, and goals can change over time. Revisit the plan that you laid out and the future goals that you dreamed of on a consistent basis to ensure their relevancy over time. It’s okay to change or update your dreams and goals based on your needs and desires as they change.

Visualizing the “dream you” is an excellent way to bring your goals to the forefront when you’re trying to determine what matters most to you.

When you can picture what your desired life is like, you can better determine the goals you need to set and achieve to get there. All it takes are small steps toward your desired future self, and you can achieve the life you deserve!

Dream to Create a Vision; Take Action to Create Reality