Positive Thinking: How to Train & Re-Train Your Thoughts
1 Pay attention to your self-talk.
Self-talk is that (sometimes non-stop) internal dialogue that goes on in your mind. Think of it as a running commentary on what you’re doing, how you’re feeling, what you’re worried about, and what others are doing, thinking, and feeling. Sound like a lot going on? Well, it is, which is why it’s so important to make sure that you’re self-talk is (mostly) positive and motivating in nature because what you think has great influence on how you feel and behave.
The best way to transform self-talk is to work backwards. If you feel sad, down, or worried, think about (or write down) your thoughts or what you are saying to yourself, in your mind, at that moment. You will likely find that your self-talk is negative and self-defeating
The way you train your mind is to practice the opposite: Think of a positive alternative to that negative thought. This works much in the same way as strengthening a weak muscle in your body. If your muscle is weak, you don’t strengthen it by resting it. You do the opposite, which is training the muscle by using resistance and weight to make it stronger.
2 Know when to NOT pay attention to your self-talk.
Our minds function in a reflexive way: Millions of thoughts run in and out, many of which don’t make any sense nor are based on reality. The problem is that oftentimes, we give a lot of importance to our thoughts and we believe that we are our thoughts. It’s important to understand that your thoughts don’t describe who you are.
Not paying attention to your self-talk means that sometimes you need to dismiss your thoughts so that you don’t identify with them. Your mind can come up with many ways of interpreting a situation. The point is not to judge your thoughts, but just observe them and let them pass. This is especially important with negative or harmful thoughts.
Think of yourself as an outside observer of these thoughts. You’ll be amazed to see that with time, your thoughts won’t have the power and influence over you as they once did.
3 Celebrate your achievements.
An important strategy to maintain a positive mind is to dedicate time to focusing on your accomplishments and on milestones that you reach. Whether your achievements are big or small, it’s important to give yourself credit for what you do and recognize your accomplishments on a regular basis.
Oftentimes, we become so focused on long-term goals that we forget to acknowledge and enjoy the smaller steps that get us to where we want to go in life. Consistently celebrating your achievements gives your self-esteem the boost that it needs to keep you positive and motivated.
4 Be mindful of your environment.
Your surroundings, and most importantly, whom you surround yourself with are critical in order to stay positive. Energy is contagious. We all know what it feels like when we’re around a negative person: That uneasy, “down” feeling quickly becomes palpable. The same goes for being around positive people: Your thoughts and feelings will reflect the optimism, joy, and hope that emanates from positive-minded individuals. In your quest to become more positive overall, make sure to surround yourself with people you want to emulate.
5 Activities that fuel positivity.
There are activities that will automatically bring out positive thoughts and feelings. Being outdoors, spending time in nature, and meditating in a peaceful place are all fuel for your mind. In fact, human beings need these types of activities just like we need food, water, and oxygen only the effects of being deprived of these needs are evidenced in different ways (e.g., stress, illness, irritability).
Other activities that will contribute to a positive mind include doing things with your hands. This includes anything from cooking, gardening, arts and crafts, drawing, fixing things, or building something. Engaging your hands in these manual tasks stimulates parts of the brain that promote positive feelings.
Maintaining a healthy body is also crucial in keeping your mind healthy. Thoughts and emotions are regulated by our environment, as well as chemicals in our brain that can either promote or hinder overall positive. Without the proper nutrition (and supplements) our brain will not be able to produce the healthy chemicals that we need to maintain our well-being.
Many people don’t realize that a healthy diet is no longer sufficient to provide our bodies with the necessary nutrients because the foods that we eat contain less vitamins and minerals than they did in the past. Due to pesticides, pollution, and other environmental changes, the “healthy” foods we eat are less nutrient dense than they once were.
Advanced Mind provides you with the vitamins and minerals that you need to optimize memory, focus, and other brain fueling components. Throughout your journey to increased positivity and emotional peace, be mindful of the mind body connection and the importance of taking care of all aspects of your health.