Humans are hardwired to be negative, and due to this evolutionary trait we can get caught up in bad thoughts or start to worry about things that we have no control over! This type of thinking has become a mainstay in the world today, but here are some tips to help you stay positive and mindful of the situation at hand:
- Meditate, Meditate, Meditate!
Through meditation you can achieve a better attitude, better health, and a more comfortable existence! Through shifting your attention to your breathing or body exercise you can make a world of difference when dealing with the stress of life!
- Shift Your Attention
Just like you would do with meditation, you can shift your attention just about anywhere and anytime if you know what to do! You will find yourself in situations where you might not be able to full-out meditate, but if you are having negative thoughts and want to get away from them turn your attention to a note-pad and paper and write down 5 things that make you happy! It could be memories, a delicious drink you have been wanting to get at the drive-thru coffee shop, or even describe a location (Like a park!) that you like to go to normally!
- Recognize and Label Your Thoughts
When negative thoughts or anxiety pops up in your mind, you should always remind yourself that it is a natural part of being human and to not run from it! Your brain is constantly running behind the scenes and is there to maintain your safety, so just acknowledge that your brain is just trying to keep you and your loved ones safe, and not just trying to pull you down into a pit of sorrow! Let yourself know you are alright and label your thoughts as exactly what they are: Thoughts!