The year has just started and resolutions were drawn out. From the first day of this year to present, many situations and people have challenged us in fulfilling our resolutions. With only a span of one month, it is quite a roller coaster ride for some of us. When all things become ugly and turn into a blob of mental impulses, how can you free your mind from negative thoughts?
I’m pretty sure that in these times, even in our regular days, we are bombarded with unpleasant thoughts. These thoughts are pulling us down. They are ripping our confidence, our core and our view of our value. Yet we are not made to break in the midst of all these thoughts. We are more than this!
Our thought life is a vital aspect of our being. It is the spring board on how we deal and look at people, things and circumstances. The series of thoughts that we allow to stay in our mind becomes the path of our destiny. Whether these thoughts are positive or negative, they control our destiny – for real!
So, how do we deal negative thoughts?
Four Practices To Combat Negative Thoughts
Let me share few practices that can help you free your mind from negative thoughts.
Practice of Catching Negative Thoughts
This practice is suggesting us to get enough awareness whenever negative thoughts are rising in our minds. Through awareness, we begin to recognize them and gain the will to dispel their attachments. We get ourselves an opportunity to choose between retaining the thoughts or move on to better the future.
Practice of Positive Thought Replacements
Whenever we get the awareness that a pessimistic thought is popping here and there and we choose to brush them off, we can then move forward by replacing these negative thoughts with their counterparts; the positive ones. This process will fill in the vacancy in our mind with positive thoughts after dispelling the negative. It will change the direction of our thought pattern for the better.
Practice of Mindfulness
Mindfulness is sustained attention in the present moment. When we become conscious of our present, the space and the life we are in will gradually detach us from those damaging thoughts. Moreover, as much as unmanaged negative thoughts can lead to depression, mindfulness is an effective tool for preventing real deal depression.
Practice of Gratefulness
Gratefulness is noticing simple pleasures life at the moment is offering us. The process is commonly known as counting your blessings. In this practice, we are refocusing our thoughts to draw on a positive line. This practice can also heighten the quality of your life. It calibrates our mind to feel the joy from ordinary kind gestures and favors.
You can have these practices and enjoy life even more! It is time to free your mind from negative thoughts. I know, you are thinking some of practical ways where you can incorporate them. So let me have a high-five for you!
Five Activities To Engage Positivity
Watch inspiring or funny movies. This will enliven hope, peace and joy in you to support the growth of positive thoughts. Movies are wonderful avenue to turn our perspective from a negative one to positive.
Sing or listen to happy music. As we say, music is the language of our soul. The core of our emotions is easily triggered by music. The series of tones and tunes is easily understood by our soul. So, trigger the happy hormones.
Read inspiring books or stories. Reading is really an active way to relax the mind, and release the tension. As the internal pressures die down, the mind can work out thoughts that are positive. Reading inspirational material such as real life testimonies on success and psalm verses from your spiritual root can grow back the vigor of your soul.
Engage on your talent. Passionate skills can drive you from a negative road to a positive. It is an avenue that will fit you to express who you are. They can be a channel in releasing negativity and absorbing positivity. The return of your talent will be a sense of value and confidence.
Hang out with family and friends. For every journey, you will always need a support system. These people will cheer your joy up and cut down your repulsive mental tendencies. They will serve as a source of your positive aura.
Now, what do you think of this? Start to free your mind from negative thoughts. Drop by at Book Latte and find a world full of positivity. You can sit down and listen to your favorite songs, read some good books, indulge in your talent, and have a fun time with family and friends. Come and discover how great your mind can be! My parting word?
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. – Philippians 4:8