Do you consider yourself an optimistic person? Is the glass usually half empty, or half full? Have you embraced the power of positive thinking?
I have struggled for a long time with a habit of negative thinking. It invaded every aspect of my life. I was constantly barraged by thoughts of self-doubt and shame.
Raise your hand if you can identify with that and let me know in the comments. It is amazing to see how many people find themselves trapped in a life filled with negativity.
According to MayoClinic, there are numerous benefits to leading a more positive lifestyle. Besides the emotional benefits, it actually has an impact on your physical health!
I recommend making it a daily habit to practice positive affirmations. There is more and more science surrounding the power of positivity. Like I said earlier, it doesn’t hurt to try. There is literally no downside to trying to think more positively.
This is all you need to do. Step 1: Make a list of all the negative things you think on a daily basis. I’ll give you some examples.
I guarantee everyone reading has thought something similar in the past. This brings us to step 2: Change these statements into something positive.
Now, make a second list, just like this:
Do you see how much more powerful the second set of statements can be for your emotional wellbeing? Step 3: Print out the list, or write it on a piece of paper in your favourite coloured ink, and tape it to your bathroom mirror. Repeat them to yourself every morning and each night before you go to bed.
I recommend journaling to anyone struggling with negativity. Every time you find yourself thinking a negative thought, write it down. Then, brainstorm ways you can turn it into a positive statement, just like we did in the steps above.
Here are some great journaling life hacks:
Not sure what to write about? Here are 10 journaling prompts you can use today:
I know, it seems hard. There are days where it seems like the hardest thing in the world. Trust me, I’ve been there. I’ve had days where I am so consumed by my depression that the last thing I want to do is try to be positive.
Do you know what I’ve learned over the years? It starts with a single step. It starts with you deciding that you are fed up. With you deciding that this negative lifestyle is no way to live.
So do yourself a favour. Take that first step. You will be amazed at how your life changes.
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