The mind is not always a blissful place. Negative thoughts are powerful tools the mind uses to harm our happiness, self-confidence, self-esteem and even our looks. There is so much hype about detoxing the body from foods, alcohol, toxins and even beauty products that are harming our body, but little attention is given to the mental detox. So the question is how can we internally switch this negative energy and stop the thoughts that keep creeping in our minds.These negative thoughts are exhausting, they induce stress, anxiety, phobia, anger and much more.
When we allow these negative thoughts to creep and when we engage with them, we start to believe them and identify with them. They become who we are…
Taking the time to detox from these negative thoughts is as crucial as the food we eat, the supplements we take or the exercises we do, to stay healthy.
So I am sure you agree with me that it is time for mental detox to become a crucial part of a healthy living lifestyle. Learning to stop negative thoughts are they arise, preventing mood swings, and feeling mentally balanced will help us move into the flow of a beautiful life.
Here are 5 steps to detox the mind from negative thoughts we use in our practice:
DECLUTTER- DELETE: Decluttering the brain and making space is the first step. We all clean up our homes from things we don’t need, we delete files we don’t use, but how about finding the time to delete some useless information. Become aware of what information you carry in your mind, ask the questions: do it need this information? Does this information add positive value to my life? If the answers are “ NO” then delete them. Talk to yourself by telling your mind I don’t need this and don’t want this....
IDENTIFY THE NEGATIVE THOUGHTS- NAME IT: Identify the negative thoughts and give them a name. That step will allow you to become aware of this negative thought. Because when you become aware of the negative thoughts, then you can do something about it. This awareness allows us to become present, to notice our thoughts and to take control of them. When we become the observer of our thoughts then we can decide to engage or not engage with the thought. When you can say to yourself “ I am having a negative thought” you can then either delete it or let it go. Most people become their thoughts and believe all their thoughts which is extremely exhausting.
WRITE DOWN YOUR NEGATIVE THOUGHTS: After identifying your thoughts write them down… when we are able to write these negative thoughts then we can then release them.
REPLACE : replacing the negative thoughts with positive one is a great tool. Every time a negative thought arise, just replace it with a positive one. Make a deal with yourself that for every negative thought you will think of a positive one on the spot. This way the negative thought has no opportunity to grow or create more. Another great tool is to start your day with 3 positive affirmations before getting out of bed. This positive energy will be carried with you all day.
FORGIVE YOURSELF: Forgiveness is a powerful tool. By forgiving yourself you actually will release yourself from the prison of negative thoughts.. Everyday when negative thoughts creep up, repeat the following mantra: “ I forgive myself, it is ok"
At UtterWellness Coaching we look concurrently on the body (what you eat), the mind (how you think) and the Emotions ( how you feel).. all these areas are important for a healthy lifestyle.6)
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