Hope you’ve all had a great week. Today I wanted to chat a little bit out a topic I’ve struggled with myself for a long time. And that’s how to handle negative thoughts, not letting them bring you down or ruin your day.
When in the line of work I am personally in (online business), there are times when I feel demotivated, down or catch myself thinking negatively about a situation. It’s SO easy to fall into the trap of negative thinking…no good comes out of it. I wanted to share some ways to handle those negative thoughts when they creep up on you. Let’s face it, nobody is going to be a positive thinker 24/7, you are going to have down days. It’s how you deal with those down days that count the most.
Always avoid triggers. If you know what triggers those negative thoughts, then great. STAY AWAY. If you know of somebody that’s an overall negative person, stay away. Steer clear of situations and people that have that bad affect on you.
Be conscious about your thoughts. If you catch yourself thinking “I can’t…”, “I won’t be able to…” or anything along those lines, be conscious of it. As soon as you find yourself dipping into that negativity, switch your attention away. The problem comes when you’re unaware of this, and automatically think pessimistically. Catch yourself out, and tell yourself no.
Stay occupied. Boredom or not being productive is the WORST for your mindset. It leaves you other-thinking (I am a gold medalist in that sport) and down. Keep yourself busy with doing things you enjoy doing. For me, that’s writing/blogging or creating content. Procrastinating? That’s not keeping busy. Find something you want to WORK on and feel that sense of achievement after doing it. It could be something as little as sorting out your wardrobe. Alternatively, getting out for a walk and staying active is another way to occupy your mind.
Podcasts, music and apps. If I wake up feeling a little cold about my day, mindset podcasts really so make a huge difference. They put things back into perspective and remind you that you are in control. Apps such as headspace are amazing for guided meditations; they have a range of specific exercises for specific feelings! There’s also audios / courses for EVERYTHING – like productivity, self esteem, happiness, managing stress, navigating change, handling sadness… you name it, it’s there.
It’s said that if you listen to 20 minutes of your fave music everyday, it leads to positive mood change and productiveness throughout your day!
Resting and sleep. Still something I need to work on, sleep is SO important. Lack of sleep causes irritability, anger and a lot more anxiety. Getting into a routine (I’m currently trying to do this now!) and in a healthy sleeping pattern makes one hell of a difference to your mood, trust me. After all, it’s a basic human need.
There are just a few of many ways you can handle those negative thoughts. They are inevitable, but it’s up to you how you deal with them. Try these techniques, and let me know how you get on!
Have an amazing weekend, speak soon!