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A Simple Way To Think Your Way To Less Stress

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In the hustle and bustle of life, it’s all too easy to find ourselves trapped in a web of negative thoughts and emotions. From feelings of boredom and irritation to anxiety and despair, these emotions can weigh us down and hinder our overall well-being. By consciously shifting our perspective and adopting a more positive mindset, we can pave the way for a brighter, more fulfilling life.

Therapist Kelly Armitage has taken to TikTok to explain how negative and positive thoughts can shape the way we feel each day.

Take a look at her enlightening TikTok…

@kellyarmatagetherapist

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♬ original sound – kellyarmatage

You can shift your thoughts over time by focusing on the following…

1. The Power of Awareness and Mindfulness

The journey of changing your thinking starts with awareness. Practice mindfulness to observe your thoughts without judgment. This simple act of awareness creates a space between you and your thoughts, allowing you to identify negative patterns that you wish to change.

2. Challenging Negative Thoughts

Negative thoughts often hold us back from reaching our full potential. Challenge the validity of these thoughts by asking yourself if they are based on facts or assumptions. By replacing them with more balanced and realistic perspectives, you’re taking a crucial step towards positive change.

3. Harnessing the Magic of Positive Affirmations

Positive affirmations are like seeds of positivity that you plant in your mind. Create statements that counteract your negative self-talk. Repeat them regularly to rewire your thought patterns and cultivate self-belief and confidence.

4. The Gratitude Attitude

Gratitude has the power to transform your outlook on life. Instead of focusing on what’s lacking, practice gratitude by acknowledging the positive aspects of your life. This practice can shift your perspective and fill you with feelings of contentment and joy.

5. Cognitive Restructuring for Lasting Change

Cognitive restructuring involves consciously replacing negative thoughts with more rational and positive ones. It’s like renovating the foundation of your thinking. By challenging and reframing negative thoughts, you can build a more constructive thought process that supports your well-being and goals.

6. Visualization: Painting Your Positive Future

Visualization is a potent technique that involves imagining yourself in a state of positivity and success. As you visualize your desired outcomes, you create new neural pathways in your brain, reinforcing positive thoughts and beliefs.

7. Nurturing Positivity Through Environment

Surround yourself with positivity. Spend time with people who uplift and support you. Engage in activities that bring you joy and fulfillment. Your environment plays a significant role in shaping your thoughts and emotions.

8. Self-Compassion: A Path to Healing

Replace self-criticism with self-compassion. Treat yourself with kindness and understanding, as you would a friend. Practicing self-love allows you to navigate challenges with a more positive mindset.

9. The Mind-Body Connection

Remember that your mental and physical well-being are interconnected. Engage in activities that promote overall wellness, such as exercise, meditation, deep breathing, and spending time in nature. A healthy body nurtures a positive mind.

10. Seeking Professional Guidance

If you find yourself grappling with persistent negative thoughts and emotions, seeking help from a therapist or counsellor can provide invaluable support. They can offer personalised tools and strategies to guide you on your journey to positivity.

 

Written by: Ian Fraser

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