The truth is, we all have negative thoughts sometimes, and that is completely normal.
However, too much of anything is not healthy.
When we do the same thing for so long, it can become a habit.
Some habits can be tough to break – but if you put the work in, anything is possible.
Deconstruct Your Negativity
Our thoughts truly are so powerful.
The stories we tell ourselves can significantly impact how we think, act and feel.
If we go into a situation assuming something bad will happen, chances are it will.
“Every day may not be good… but there’s something good in every day” ― Alice Morse Earle
The next time you catch yourself stuck in a negative mindset hit the pause button and question your thoughts.
Here are a couple of prompts that can help get you started.
1) What can this situation teach me?
2) How can I transform this negative feeling into a positive one?
Find Healthy Distractions
Have you ever had one of those days where your mind just couldn’t stop racing?
It’s happened to almost all of us, especially after a stressful day.
The longer we think about negative emotions, the more intense they tend to become.
Now, you shouldn’t ignore your feelings and hold them in. That can actually make things worse. However, you can take that energy and put it towards something that’s good for your well-being. You can dance, go for a run or take a walk.
Practicing gratitude can help remind us just how lucky we are.
Not every negative event is actually as bad as it feels at the moment. You just have to keep reminding yourself that. Feelings are not facts, and just because you feel something doesn’t make it true.
If you’re having a tough time getting started, here are a few prompts that can help.
1) What went well today?
2) What did you learn today?
3) What everyday item makes your life easier?
You can either write your thoughts down or think about them in your mind. There are no right or wrong answers.
“Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is relax.” – Mark Black
When in doubt – just relax! When we’re overtired or stressed, things tend to feel way worse than they actually are.
Going to bed earlier than usual or getting lost in a good show can instantly transform your mood.