We all have an inner voice. Sometimes that voice can be really helpful and encouraging. I love those days when I wake up and my internal voice tells me I’m amazing. It pretty much guarantees a positive day. However, being human, not every day is like that. Sometimes that inner voice isn’t so kind. Negative thoughts are natural. Being happy doesn’t mean getting rid of all negative thoughts, but learning how to stop them from running wild in your mind. Creating a more positive inner voice reduces stress, improves confidence and self-esteem. Tap into your best self with these four easy techniques.
Who loves you baby?
We are all influenced by the people we spend time with. Being around positive and uplifting people can dramatically shift the way you feel and think about yourself. It is also one of the best predictors for long term happiness. Need an extra boost? Connect with a support group or find a well-trained hypnotherapist or mental health counselor.
Smash the record
Negative thinking is like listening to a broken record. Thoughts get stuck and repeated so many times that it is easy to stop paying attention. You can break the loop by listening to and then challenging that voice. Is it true? What’s the evidence? Challenging negative thoughts is a practice that can help you see things through a calmer, more honest part of your mind.
Seeing is believing
Our thoughts and experiences shape how we see the world. Positive or negative, the more you think about or imagine something, the more real it becomes for you. This is important because it means you have the power to physically rewire your brain for more joy and confidence. Flex your positivity muscle by thinking about, imagining, or visualizing your very best self. Your brain can’t tell the difference between real and imagined, so use all of your senses. How does your best self look? Would you walk with your head held high? Does your voice sound different? What is it about your best self that lets you know you’re calm and confident?
Find your outlet
There is no denying that we live in a stressful world. In my experience, being stressed and feeling overwhelmed is perfect fuel for negative thoughts. You can feed that fire of self-doubt, or redirect that energy into something that makes you feel better. Take a deep breath, go for a walk, have a hot shower, let loose at the gym or do some yoga. No one knows what you like better than you, so go do that.
The truth is, life will always have its ups and downs. Negative thoughts will come and go, and that’s okay. But, every positive thought you choose can help you create more confidence and joy.