We have 60,000-80,000 thoughts a day and around 3,000 thoughts per hour. It’s safe to say that we be thinking a lot! It’s important then that we pay attention to what our thoughts are. Are our thoughts empowering us to become the person we want to be? Are our thoughts supporting the future vision we have for our life? Or are our thoughts holding us back from achieving what we want and holding us back from taking the actions we want to take?
If you’ve ever found yourself stuck in unhealthy thought patterns you’re not alone! Its human nature to get caught up in self-doubt from time to time but these 4 tips will help you quickly turn your negative thoughts to positive ones so you can create the changes and transformation you truly want in your life!
Lets get into it.
1. Start To Notice Your Thoughts
The firs step to transforming our thoughts from negative to positive is becoming aware of our thoughts in the first place! Most of us spend our days allowing any thoughts to come into our mind without deciding if you want the thought there or not. But when we start to actually notice our thoughts and begin to notice when we are thinking positive thoughts and when we are thinking negative thoughts we can start to take control of them! It’s like any other area of our life, when we want to change something we must first notice and become aware of what it is that we want to change! So start here, by noticing when these negative thoughts come, without judgement or without asking why they are there. Just become aware of them.
2. Interrupt The Thought
Once you’ve noticed your negative thought, you can now interrupt it. This is a really effective way to stop things from going further. We’ve all been in that situation where one negative thoughts comes up and we give it so much of our attention that we create 5000 new negative thoughts from just one negative thought alone. Before you know it, one month later you’re still stuck on the same thoughts. Don’t let this be you, instead interrupt the negative thought right when it comes! Notice the thought and give it the recognition that it wants but as soon as you’re done noticing it, interrupt it with something else. Get busy doing something that actually brings you joy or quickly start to think about something that makes you laugh! This is why children can never hold grudges for long, they may get upset and have a tantrum in the middle of the grocery store but as soon as you interrupt their thoughts with a new shiny object they completely forget that they were even angry!
3. Move Your Body
Our bodies are MADE to move! When we move our body we’re moving stuck emotions, thoughts and energy and making room for the new! Whenever you find yourself stuck in a certain way of thinking get up and move your body even if its just for 5 minutes. When we move, our brain releases chemicals called norepinephrine and dopamine AKA happy hormones! These things elevate our mood and give us energy like nothing else. So instead of sitting in one spot trying to think your way out of the thought, just get up and move!
4. Get Back To The Present
When we’re stuck in negative thinking we’re often not in the present moment. It’s usually because we are stuck in some past event or we are worried about something that hasn’t even happened yet in the future. So instead of being stuck in the past or worrying about the future get present right now. The best way to do that is to breath. Just get quiet and recall 3 things the your grateful for right now, when you list things your grateful for its pretty much impossible not to feel good!
The Happiness Of Your Life Depends On The Quality Of Your Thoughts
There you have it! The next time you find your mind wandering into negative thoughts, use these tools to transform your negative thoughts into positive ones that actually empower you!