Stop Negative Thoughts And Get Out Of A Rut

May 29, 2010 by  
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Combining negative thoughts with a rut is a difficult scenario for anybody to find inspiration and contentment in life.

Negative thoughts can be: always thinking about what we don’t have or always thinking we are going to fail no matter what we do.

Negative thinking zaps our energy away.  So not only we feel bad by the thoughts themselves but we also feel constantly tired and thus create a cycle of “down”.

I think it is important to understand why we have those thoughts but more important is to learn how to stop them from taking over our lives.

Here are some suggestions:

1        – When you have a negative thought try to think about something positive.  A success you’ve had or someone who deeply cares about you.

2        – Stop what you are doing and do something else.  Change your environment.  And if possible do something fun.

The idea is to change and/or distract our minds.  There is absolutely no upside in feeding negative thoughts.  And once they start we have to willingly make them stop.

Negative thinking also becomes habitual when we are in a rut.  When we do the same things the same way every day we create the “perfect storm” for negative thinking.  It becomes a daily thing  just like our routine which can lead to depression and a loss of meaning.  So as with negative thinking making sure we surprise ourselves on a daily basis by shaking up our routines, is really important.

Here are some suggestions:

1                    –  Having something different for breakfast every day.

2                    – Driving to work by taking different routes

3                    – Dressing differently

4                    – Doing something different for lunch.  Either picking a different place or if you bring lunch from home, having  it at a different place

5                    – Doing something fun every day.  Making plans to have a coffee with a friend, a massage, a walk in the park,  a picnic, a hike.  Whatever is different for you, do it.

6                    – Put music on and dance to it.

7                    –  Surprising others by acting a little different than usual.  That will force them to react to us differently as well.

With all these suggestions the objective is to break our routines so we don’t create a fertile ground for negative thinking.  But if they do come up we’ll change our mental and physical activity.

“The average pencil is seven inches long, with just a half-inch eraser – in case you thought optimism was dead”  – Robert Brault

A pessimist sees only the dark side of the clouds, and mopes; a philosopher sees both sides, and shrugs; an optimist doesn’t see the clouds at all – he’s walking on them.  ~Leonard Louis Levinson

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