Detox from Negative Thinking
“See the positive side, the potential, and make an effort.” ~Dalai Lama
Negative thoughts drain you of energy and keep you from being in the present moment. The
more you give in to your negative thoughts, the stronger they become.
One small negative thought can turn into: a huge, speeding ball of ugliness. On the contrary, a
small positive thought can have the same effect blossoming into a beautiful outcome.
When we start to have negative thoughts, it’s hard to stop them. And it’s much easier said than
done to shift your focus to positive thoughts. But it’s the only way, especially if you want to avoid
going down a path that is painful and unnecessary.
Here are ten things to help overcome negative thoughts that you can try:
1. Meditate or do yoga.
One of the first things I did was head to a yoga class. It took my focus away from my thoughts
and brought my attention to my breath. Yoga is also very relaxing, which helped ease my mind.
Yoga helped me stay present to my experience so instead of jumping to what could happen, it
brought me back to the now—the only moment, the most important moment.
It really does help change your mood and relieve stress. I also felt lighter because it takes fewer
muscles to smile than to frown.
3. Surround yourself with positive people.
I called a friend who I knew could give me constructive yet loving feedback. When you’re stuck in
a negative spiral, talk to people who can put things into perspective and won’t feed your negative
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.
I 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. The only thing I can do now is learn from my mistakes and
I don’t remember lyrics very well and it’s probably the reason that I don’t enjoy singing, but every
time I do sing I always feel better. 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.
I like to place Post-It notes with positive quotes on my computer, fridge door, and mirror as
reminders to stay positive.
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!