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5 Steps That Will Squash Your Negative Thoughts

5 Steps That Will Squash Your Negative Thoughts

We have all experienced a constant flow of negative thoughts flooding our minds and corrupting our brains at some time or another. In those moments, we just want to leave everything behind and run as far away as possible. We keep looking for that one place, that one support, that can calm us down. So here are five steps that will help get rid of this flood of negative thoughts:

Realize your own thoughts are the culprit

The foremost essential point is to realize that it is your own thought activity that is the real culprit. In that moment when we are awash with negative thoughts, our mind is not under our control and thus we fail to think sensibly. We start blaming everyone and everything around us, and neglect the fact that we need to work upon our own mind. It is our own thought process that needs to be altered and not the people in our surroundings. Realizing this fact is the first step to get you on track to crush your negative thoughts.

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Move out of the company that triggers negative thoughts

We humans do not have total control of our own selves. We tend to come under the influence of negative thinking and ideas very easily. Hence, the best thing we can do is avoid negative company and negative situations. Understand that this doesn’t mean completely cutting ourselves off from our friends or relatives. All you need to do is to keep some distance when you feel this company is influencing your mindset in a negative way, returning to it when you feel stronger, or only keeping it in small doses.

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Keep the company that thinks positively

There must be people around you who know you well and who know how to look at the positive aspects of life. These are the people who will help you direct your attention towards the brighter side and refrain from thinking about the darker part. This is not running away from the darker part, rather it is a way to gain the strength to crush negative thoughts or convert them into bright ones. Open up your heart completely to these people and they will show you the true path to working upon yourself. All that is required from you is to believe in them and the path that they embrace and follow.

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Try and become one with nature

Nature is pure and it retains the power to freshen you up completely. When you find yourself getting drowned in the current of negative thoughts and wanting to run away from everything, then do run away — and walk into the arms of nature! Go out for a stroll in open air and see how beautiful life is if we simply bend our thought processes in the right direction. Once you start feeling better, ponder upon the positive aspects of life and help yourself maintain that healthy attitude.

Keep motivating yourself every now and then

Not just during the current bout of negative thoughts, but in every instance and at every moment, tell yourself that you are stronger than your negative thoughts: that no such thoughts can influence you or bring you down; that your values and your ideals are strong enough to stand up against the negative current; that you want to see yourself happy and hence you will do anything to maintain that positive inner state.

By following these steps, you can help yourself become stronger and mightier than your negative thinking, and stand up against any such force bravely and eventually gain greater self-control.

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Last Updated on July 3, 2020

30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life

30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life

In today’s world, true peace must come from within us and our own actions. Here are 30 small things you can do on a regular basis to increase your overall sense of harmony, peace, and well-being:

1. Don’t go to every fight you’re invited to

Particularly when you’re around those who thrive on chaos, be willing to decline the invitation to join in on the drama.

2. Focus on your breath

Throughout the day, stop to take a few deep breaths. Keep stress at bay with techniques such as “square breathing.” Breathe in for four counts, hold for four counts, then out for four counts, and hold again for four counts. Repeat this cycle four times.

3. Get organized and purge old items

A cluttered space often creates a cluttered spirit. Take the time to get rid of anything you haven’t used in a year and invest in organizational systems that help you sustain a level of neatness.

4. Stop yourself from being judgmental

Whenever you are tempted to have an opinion about someone else’s life, check your intentions. Judging others creates and promotes negative energy.

5. Say ‘thank you’ early and often

Start and end each day with an attitude of gratitude. Look for opportunities in your daily routine and interactions to express appreciation.

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6. Smile more

Even if you have to “fake it until you make it,” there are many scientific benefits of smiling and laughing. Also, pay attention to your facial expression when you are doing neutral activities such as driving and walking. Turn that frown upside down!

7. Don’t worry about the future

As difficult as this sounds, there is a direct connection between staying in the present and living a more peaceful life. You cannot control the future. As the old proverb goes, “Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere.” Practice gently bringing your thoughts back to the present.

8. Eat real food

The closer the food is to the state from which it came from the earth, the better you will feel in eating it. Choose foods that grew from a plant over food that was made in a plant.

9. Choose being happy over being right

Too often, we sacrifice inner peace in order to make a point. It’s rarely worth it.

10. Keep technology out of the bedroom

Many studies, such as one conducted by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, have connected blue light of electronic devices before bed to adverse sleep and overall health. To make matters worse, many people report that they cannot resist checking email and social media when their cell phone is in reach of their bed, regardless of the time.

11. Make use of filtering features on social media

You may not want to “unfriend” someone completely, however you can choose whether you want to follow their posts and/or the sources of information that they share.

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12. Get comfortable with silence

When you picture someone who is the ultimate state of peace, typically they aren’t talking.

13. Listen to understand, not to respond

So often in conversations, we use our ears to give us cues about when it is our turn to say what we want to say. Practice active listening, ask questions, process, then speak.

14. Put your troubles in a bubble

Whenever you start to feel anxious, visualize the situation being wrapped in a bubble and then picture that sphere floating away.

15. Speak more slowly

Often a lack of peace manifests itself in fast or clipped speech. Take a breath, slow down, and let your thoughtful consideration drive your words.

16. Don’t procrastinate

Nothing adds stress to our lives like waiting until the last minute.

17. Buy a coloring book

Mandala coloring books for adults are becoming more popular because of their connection to creating inner peace.

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18. Prioritize yourself

You are the only person who you are guaranteed to live with 24 hours a day for the rest of your life.

19. Forgive others

Holding a grudge is hurting you exponentially more than anyone else. Let it go.

20. Check your expectations

Presumption often leads to drama. Remember the old saying, “Expectations are premeditated resentments.”

21. Engage in active play

Let your inner child come out and have some fun. Jump, dance, play, and pretend!

22. Stop criticizing yourself

The world is a hard enough place with more than enough critics. Your life is not served well by being one of them.

23. Focus your energy and attention on what you want

Thoughts, words, and actions all create energy. Energy attracts like energy. Put out what you want to get back.

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24. Assign yourself “complaint free” days.

Make a conscious decision not to complain about anything for a whole day. It might be harder than you think and the awareness will stick with you.

25. Surround yourself with people you truly enjoy being in the company of

Personalities tend to be contagious, and not everyone’s is worth catching. Be judicious in your choices.

26. Manage your money

Financial concerns rank top on the list of what causes people stress. Take the time each month to do a budget, calculate what you actually spend and sanity check that against the money you have coming in.

27. Stop trying to control everything

Not only is your inner control freak sabotaging your sense of peace, it is also likely getting in the way of external relationships as well.

28. Practice affirmations

Repeat positive phrases that depict the life and qualities you want to attract. It may not come naturally to you, but it works.

29. Get up before sunrise

Personally witnessing the dawn brings a unique sense of awe and appreciation for life.

30. Be yourself

Nothing creates more inner discord than trying to be something other than who we really are. Authenticity breeds happiness.

Featured photo credit: man watching sunrise via stokpic.com

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