Our lives are filled with various challenges and unpredictability, and that’s why it’s so important to learn how to think more positively. Otherwise, your mental health is bound to suffer. While we aren’t proponents of toxic positivity, we believe it’s in everyone’s best interest to learn how to shift their perspectives to a more accurate representation of reality.
It should come as no surprise that one of the ways you can think more positively is to stop engaging in negative thinking. Negative thinking comes in many forms, the most common being personalizing, catastrophizing, polarizing, and magnifying. If you know that you often experience negative thinking, then a simple way to combat this is to bring awareness and clarity to your thoughts.
Don’t Believe Everything You Think
Bringing awareness and clarity to your thoughts helps you to stop believing that all of your thoughts are absolute truth. Most of your thoughts are harmless; you make a bigger deal out of them. People with a positive mindset still experience negative thoughts; they know not to buy into them.
Practice Positive Affirmations
Positive affirmations are a great practice to help prime your mind for a healthier way of thinking. When you begin each day by telling yourself positive affirmations, they’re likely to linger throughout the day. There’s power in what we tell ourselves. Switching the narrative from typically unconscious negative thinking to conscious positive thinking can drastically impact how you view yourself.
Negative thinking has many different causes, but many stem from not feeling good or worthy enough. That’s why it’s not just the thinking you need to correct but your actions. When you prioritize self-care, you’re not just thinking positively – you’re acting positively. You’re showing yourself that you love and care for yourself too much to not take care of yourself.
Figure Out Where Your Negative Thinking Stems From
While positive affirmations and self-care are great ways to think more positively, it’s still important that you get to the root of where your negativity stems from. Without uncovering the reason behind your thoughts, they’re likely to continue to show up – even with affirmations and taking care of yourself. A licensed therapist or other mental health professionals will be able to help you discover where your negative thinking stems from and how to heal from it.
Stay Away from Toxic People
It would be nearly impossible to start thinking more positively if you’re surrounded by negativity. That’s why it’s paramount that you stay away from toxic people when you’re working on adopting a more positive mindset. Toxic relationships will always hold you back from living a meaningful and peaceful life, and they’ll undoubtedly make it difficult for you to think more positively.