Most of the stresses and insecurities we suffer from are caused by our own thoughts. Have you ever observed your thoughts? How many times a day do you become frustrated? How often do you criticize yourself and self-doubt? I used to experience these negative thoughts daily and I envied the people who seemed to have their life together. What have I done wrong? Why me? I asked myself these questions frequently and never figured out why I was so miserable until I started experiencing the effects of positive affirmations. The more I became aware of my thoughts, the easier it was to ignore them. The problem was my perspective not my existence.
Negative thinking is a hard habit to break, but I promise you if you genuinely try to change your thought patterns, you will not suffer from the vicious egoistic mind. Negative thinking consumes and distracts you; think about when you’re in a heated argument…your anger grows so strong that you can feel it boiling inside of you and you can’t think or focus on anything else. You may find it hard to start or finish tasks because you think you don’t have the strength, but I am here to tell you that you most certainly do. Here are a few things to incorporate in your daily life to benefit your physical and mental health.
- Being happy is a matter of choice. It is really that simple. If you notice negative thoughts arising, simply observe what the voice in your head is saying and try to identify the root of this feeling. Do not try to avoid the thought, but instead, immediately take the mind to an elevated place, transform your thoughts into something positive. This can be as simple as changing your thought from, “I cannot do this” to “I can do this.”
- Be grateful. There is always something to be grateful for, no matter how awful we may feel. Make a daily list of things you are grateful for and how they benefit you, you’ll soon begin to see that everything around you is a gift.
- Positive affirmations. These are most effective using the “I am” principle, for example: I am strong. I am confident. I am balanced. I am generous and forgiving, etc.
- Take some time for yourself to do something you love. Make time for silence, slow down, and take a breath. We tend to live very busy, fast paced lives that often deplete our energy. A yoga practice, meditation, reading a book, or any activity that helps you feel relaxed gives us an opportunity to unwind and recharge.
Choose to make these changes today! Practice positive thinking and never
give up. This isn’t something that happens overnight, you need persistence and the willpower to retrain your brain to see the good in all things. Just remember, think well and you will be well. Enjoy life!