“Worrying never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only robs today of its joy” Leo F. Buscaglia
Don’t be fooled. Everyone has negative thoughts from time to time. It is a battle that we all fight! Whether it is about body image issues, career, school or personal relationships with friends, family, coworkers or significant others. Whether we feel unfulfilled or unappreciated, or we for some reason or the other feel that we aren’t where we want to be in life.
Whatever the reason, allowing this type of negative thinking to consume you will do you more harm than good. Negative thoughts bring cloudy overcast weather to what could have been a sunny day, it makes us feel unmotivated, worried, depressed, tired, stressed out, apathetic.
So how can we deal with this negative self talk? How can we bring some sunshine to our cloudy days?
1) Positive affirmations
Sometimes you really have to be your own biggest cheerleader. It is so easy to be your biggest critic but it is more difficult to be your own supporter. But at times, a supportive inner voice is what we need.
2) Start a gratitude journal.
This is something that I have come across quite often on self development websites or videos. It involves writing down all that you are grateful for today. You can either journal in the morning when you get up, in the evening or whenever you have time. The difference with this journal and other types of journals is that you are concentrating on the positives aspects of your life. I find this particularly useful and I tend to use sometimes when I am having a rough day. At your low points, it is good to take some time to remember your blessings.
“Breathe, it’s only a bad day, not a bad life.” Ashley Purdy
There are a plethora of guided meditation videos available on youtube and there is also a free app available online called Headspace which offer 3 min, 5 min and 10 min meditations. I find guided meditation detaches you from the thoughts racing through your mind as you spend sometime by yourself and concentrate on breathing, being more aware of your body and visualization.
Yoga also provides a similar experience, but it important that while doing yoga you are not just doing the poses but feeling the flow of the movement through your body. Yoga is about being connected and forming a union between mind, body and spirit.
5) A good book
A good book. Reading a good book is also a way to move away from your negative thoughts. Read books that uplift you or entertain you rather than depress you. Some of my favorites include:
For entertainment – Born a Crime by Trevor Noah, The Dragon Can’t Dance by Earl Lovelace, King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table by Roger Lancelyn Green and Ways of Sunlight by Sam Selvon.
For inspiration – The way of Rest by Jeff Foster, Man’s search for meaning by Viktor Rankle and The Greatest Salesman in the world by Og Mandino
6) Take a social media break
There have been many studies conducted over the past few years which show that people who spend more time on popular social media such as Instagram and Facebook, tend to have higher levels of depression.
So, maybe its time to take a little break! Log off from Facebook or Instagram, stop comparing yourself to others. Remember on social media people tend to only highlight their good times. Sometimes the last thing you need to see when you are feeling down is someone else “living their best life.”
Do you have any other ways that you deal with your negative thoughts? Be sure to share them in the comments.