Struggling with negative thoughts and emotions?
Even if you don't have a clinical mood disorder, bad moods can destroy your productivity.
The good news is that you can actually “train” your brain to think in more positive ways.
In fact, this is the basis of many styles of psychotherapy, especially cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
You have the power to change your own patterns of thought, emotion, and behavior. And it starts with being mindful of your own internal mental and emotional states.
In a recent article from Entrepreneur, the author lists several things you can do to start re-conditioning yourself, and changing the way you react to obstacles and setbacks.
Here are just a few of them.
Observe your thoughts.
The first place to start is by observing your thoughts — even if it’s just for 10 minutes. Since we’re creatures of habit, you may notice that you have the same negative thoughts creeping up in your mind. Are you anxious about an upcoming trip? Are you stressed out at work? Are you upset about a fight you had with your spouse?
Once you know what negative thoughts are bothering you the most, you can start working on a solution to resolve the problem. For example, if you’re really bothered by a co-worker, then approach your boss with the problem and ask if you can be moved to another part of the office where you don’t have to interact with them as much.
Surround yourself with positive people.
Since emotions are contagious, it only makes sense that you would want to surround yourself with positive people who inspire, empower and motivate you.
Scan for the 3 daily positives.
Before you go to sleep you can easily train your brain. Reflect on your day and think about three good things that happened to you that day. Whether if it was someone buying you a cup of coffee, a beautiful sunset or landing a new client. Even the smallest things, like being paid a compliment, having lunch with an old friend or watching your dog roll around are more than enough to make you happy.
For more advice on how to think positive, check out the full article over at Entrepreneur.
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