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Minimizing Negative Thoughts

Minimizing Negative Thoughts

Whether it’s the ongoing stress of the pandemic, the increasingly disturbing daily news, playing the past on repeat, or any other negative thought pattern—it can be broken. Minimizing negative thoughts can be achieved with these 3 tips.

Create A Stop Statement

Our thoughts create pathways in our brain that make negativity easy to repeat. Creating a stop statement can help you establish a healthier pathway and thought process. As advised by Louise Hay, I like to stop, take a deep breath and repeat “It’s only a thought, and a thought can be changed”. There are few things in life you can change and control, and your thoughts are one of them. 

Follow Up With An Affirmation

I repeat my stop statement 5 or 6 times, which is enough to remove the negative thought. Then, I follow up with an “I am” affirmation. I select an affirmation that contrasts with the negative thought pattern. Even if it is not yet true, it is positive energy that I am releasing to the universe. It might be “I am” healthy, strong, resilient, loving, happy, joyful, fulfilled, or any other positive affirmation.

Last but not least, don’t beat yourself up as this is just another negative thought pattern that you need to release.

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