ACTIVELY LOOK FOR THE GOOD IN LIFE
Sometimes, we’re so used to focusing on the negative that we don’t try to find the obvious positive things around us. As such, it’s a good idea to build a good habit of looking for good things.
HAVE DEDICATED TIME FOR NEGATIVITY
When you’re first starting to fight negative thoughts, you might find that you struggle to contain them. Instead, you might shove them all to one corner of your brain, where they will eventually overflow and cause problems for you later.
FIND NEW HABITS AND SKILLS
Sometimes, imagining the necessity of overcoming the negativity of thought can be intimidating. Instead of trying to eradicate them, try changing the way you think about it. You’re not getting rid of something – you’re forming new habits.
It’s easy to point fingers or play the victim when life has you feeling down. You might say things like:
It wasn’t my fault
I had no way of knowing
I only did that because I was stressed out
There’s nothing I can do about this
I have no choice
It seems simple, but it can take some getting used to. There are a few steps you can take to catch negative thoughts and turn the tables on them.
Take note of when negative thought patterns begin to occur.
Decide that you dislike this pattern and want to change it.
Figure out how you want this thought pattern to change and what you wish was different about it.
Start a gratitude journal where you record a minimum of 3 things that you’re feeling grateful for every day. They can be anything from small, seemingly insignificant things to huge events. Even on bad days, you can probably find things to be grateful for. This reflection can help put things into perspective and give you a chance to remember things you often take for granted.
DO POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS
Positive affirmations can help you to overcome negative thoughts in a myriad of unwanted scenarios, and research indicates that even the worst situations can be made better for those who are used to performing these acts of positive thinking.