10 Tips to Overcome Negative Thoughts: Positive Thinking Made Easy
“See the positive side, the potential, and make an effort.” ~Dalai Lama
Here are ten things to overcome negative thoughts that you can try:
1. Meditate or do yoga.
Take focus away from thoughts and bring attention to your breath. Yoga is also very relaxing which helps ease the mind. Yoga helps to stay present to experiences so instead of jumping to what could happen, it brings you back to the now—the only moment, the most important moment.
Stand in front of a mirror and force yourself to smile. It really does help change your mood and relieve stress.You will feel lighter because it takes fewer muscles to smile than to frown.
3. Surround yourself with positive people.
When you’re stuck in a negative spiral, talk to people who can put things into perspective and won’t feed your negative thinking.
4. Change the tone of your thoughts from negative to positive.
For example, instead of thinking, “We are going to have a hard time adjusting to our living situation,” think, “We will face some challenges in our living situation, but we will come up with solutions that we will both be happy with.”
5. Don’t play the victim. You create your life—take responsibility.
There is always a way out. You will always have the choice to make change happen, if need be.
6. Help someone.
Take the focus away from you and do something nice for another person.
7. Remember that no one is perfect and let yourself move forward.
It’s easy to dwell on your mistakes. Learn from mistakes and move forward.
When we sing, we show our feelings and this provides an amazing stress relief.
9. List five things that you are grateful for right now.
Being grateful helps appreciate what you already have.
10. Read positive quotes.
Place Post-It notes with positive quotes on your computer, fridge door, and mirror as reminders to stay positive. Here is an excellent example:
Watch your thoughts, they become words.
Watch your words, they become actions.
Watch your actions, they become habits.
Watch your habits, they become your character.
Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.
Happy positive thinking!