Do you have a lot of negative thoughts racing through your mind on the daily? Have you stopped to think about the way that negative thoughts affect your happiness? I mean of course they do.. but have you thought about it? You could be happy one minute and the next, your mind is running off in the opposite direction. Don’t let negativity ruin your day, your week or the month. Below are are six easy ways you can overcome negative thoughts:

1. Take a deep breath and tell yourself to stop

You need to be self-aware for this tip to work. The moment you realize you’re thinking negatively, just imagine tapping yourself on the shoulder and telling yourself to take a deep breath and stop the negativity. Once you’ve gathered your thoughts, re-focus your attention on what’s at hand. It’s a fact that five long, deep breaths calm the body and nervous system. Try it next time you feel yourself getting worked up.

2. Analyze your negative thoughts

A lot of things that go on in your mind can be pretty irrational, I mean our brains and thoughts come up with just about every possibility and outcome possible but when negativity’s clouding your brain, it’s easy to overlook this fact. So, instead of taking your negative thought at face value, try breaking it down. De-bunk your own reasoning, notice how having these thoughts sin’t going to make any improvement to what’s actually going on in the present moment and let them go. You’ll see that it’s not so bad, after all.

3. Talk it out with someone you trust

Sometimes you just need to air your thoughts and feelings to see the truth of any situation. Find a bitch buddy, someone who you can have an agreement with where you can say whatever’s on your mind to and they can do the same in return, just to release any built up tension. Talk it over with them and ask for their advice. Perhaps they’ll be able to offer better insight and give you some positive alternatives to your situation, or perhaps just by releasing this stuff off your chest you’ll see things from a new perspective..

4. Go for a quick run

Clearing your head from time to time is important. When you feel like your negative thoughts are choking the life out of you, and telling yourself to stop thinking negatively isn’t working, then it’s time to go out for a run or release some energy through any type of exercise. Occuping yourself and getting busy doing something else will take your mind off things and the exercise will release positive endorphins.

5. Think about the things you’re thankful for

Practicing gratitude is important always but more so when negative nancy is hanging around. Keep adding to a list of things you’re grateful for, both tangibles and non-tangibles. When you start feeling down and sorry for yourself, take a look at your list and remind yourself why you’re fortunate. Use this as motivation to continue with your day and your goals. Try to add to your list when you’re in a funk to force your mind onto more positive things.

6. Make someone smile

One of the best ways to free your mind from negative thoughts is by giving a bit of your time and attention to someone else. Do something nice for a family member or a friend or even a random stranger on the street. Make it a daily goal to make someone smile or to make them happy, and you’ll forget you ever had negative thoughts to begin with!

I hope these simple strategies help you battle those nasty thought patterns we get into sometimes, it’s normal to have negative thoughts, no one is positive 24/7 – no one, so don’t believe there is anything wrong with you. It’s a process, and the building of a habit to be able to notice your thoughts and to be able to swing them into a new direction takes time and practise.

Happy wandering x

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