There are times when negative thoughts plague us and can be irritating and annoying. These thoughts even get so intrusive that we can't think of anything else. It seems as though we're stuck in that negativity, and there's nothing we can do about it.
However, the truth is that there are steps we can take to get rid of these pestering thoughts. In this article, we want to share with you what you can do to be more mindful of what thoughts you entertain and what to set aside - no matter how evolved you believe your “spirituality” to be.
We tend to keep on playing negative thoughts repeatedly, but why is this so? It's because it's familiar to us, and we can't help but replay the thought in our minds. Somehow, we torture ourselves with a scene from our past that we cannot change.
Negative thoughts don't even have to be memories of things that happened. They can be what we perceive ourselves to be. Low self-esteem and low self-confidence can intensify our negative mindset. Have you ever thought about how you don't deserve love, or you're not worthy of a job promotion or a raise? That's negative thinking.
When you think this way, it's not only not helpful, but it's also harmful. It doesn't benefit you in any way, and having this pattern of thinking can be terribly destructive. So, at this point, you may be asking how to stop thinking about something then?
The good news is that there are ways to combat negative thinking, and it is through mindfulness. You may have already heard or read about this in positive thinking books. But it's more than just getting yourself to think positive words or thoughts. Being mindful is when you notice and extract yourself from the seemingly endless cycle of negative thoughts.
When you're more mindful, you become aware of what's happening right here and right now. Some of the ways that you can achieve mindfulness would be by practicing yoga and meditation. These practices focus on your body and mind. If you can integrate these mindfulness practices into your daily life, then the more effective it will be in fighting off negative thoughts.
Being aware of what's happening at present is the foundation to which you can change negative thought patterns. Most of the time, we're not even aware of how frequently we entertain all those negativity. We may not even know how much it impacts our daily lives.
That's why it's crucial that we identify our thought patterns so that we will know what it is that we should target. That's where mindfulness comes in. When we practice being mindful, then we can act on dealing with negative emotions and thoughts.
So, how do we combat the negativity exactly? When we are more aware of our feelings and thoughts, we can do something positive to break the thought pattern. So, instead of just being passive about our thoughts and just letting ourselves dwell in the negativity of it, we can perform a positive activity that can take us away from self-destructive thinking.
There are many studies that focus on the effects of mindfulness. What the research found so far was that mindfulness practices like yoga and meditation have positive effects on our physical, emotional, and mental well-being. What's really great about these practices is that you can do it anytime you want in the comfort of your home. So, whenever you can, try them out and see how it helps in fighting off negative thoughts!
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