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.