Many of us develop negative thinking because we are frustrated. This negativity makes it even more difficult for us to handle challenges. Practicing positive thinking enables us to focus on our achievements and strengths, which increases motivation and happiness. This makes us to spend more time improving, and less time feeling sad.
1. Take good care of yourself.
It is a lot easier to be positive when you are eating well, exercising, and getting enough rest.
2. Remind yourself of the things you are grateful for.
Bad situations do not seem that awful when you always appreciate the good things that are right in your life.
3. Look for the proof instead of making assumptions.
Do not waste time worrying about something you might have done wrong unless you have proof that there is something to worry about.
4. Refrain from using absolutes.
Thinking and speaking in absolutes like ‘always’ and ‘never’ makes situations seem worse than it really is, and programs your brain into believing that certain problems cannot be resolved.
5. Detach from negative thinking.
Your thoughts cannot hold any power over you if you do not give weight to them. If you realize you are having a negative thought, detach from it; acknowledge it, but do not follow it.
6. Squash the “ANTs”.
Automatic Negative Thoughts are the reactionary bad thoughts like, “It must be bad!” Just know that they are nothing more than ANTs and squash them!
7. Practice loving, touching, and squeezing (on family and friends, not strangers, please!)
Positive physical contact with friends, loved ones, and even pets, is an instant pick-me-up.
Increasing social activity will decrease loneliness. Surround yourself with happy people, and their positivity will rub off on you!
Everybody feels good helping. You could offer your money or time, the more positive energy you put out into the world, the more you will receive in return.
10. Use pattern interrupts to combat rumination.
Rumination is never productive since it is irrational and not solution-oriented, it is just excessive worry. Try changing your physical environment, go for a walk, sit outside, pick up a book, call up a friend, or turn on some music.
To get little things like stress under our skins will not solve our problems. Sometimes it takes more courage to admit that we have a problem than to convince ourselves that we have done our best.