Negative thoughts which keep going round and round in one’s mind are problematic, as it is well proven that the thoughts that we have affect our physiology.
A Negative thought can weaken the immune system, create tension in our muscles, creating pain, release toxins into our body and overall hinder and restricts our body from thriving.
Positive thoughts strengthen our immune system, release happy hormones, speeds up recovery times from injury and illness and helps create a healthy and happy body.
This is helpful to know, but when we are caught up in negative thoughts, we are often unaware of it, until our body lets us know via a symptom or pain. So the first step is awareness, catch the thought! Most likely it is a repeat of something or a possibility of something happening, but that’s all that it is, a possibility.
There are a million other possibilities as well, and WE CAN choose which possibility to obsess about.
When we are in full flow of negative thoughts, they often feel like a vehicle going at a speed of 100mph, and just like a vehicle which has the momentum of 100mph, you have to slow it down before you can turn it around.
Once you have it at a standstill or a reasonable speed you can then choose the direction you wish to go.
So here’s a tip to deal with obsessive negative thoughts ……………………….
Step 1 – Awareness: Use tension/symptoms in your body as an indicator to become aware of thoughts, if you have good awareness, simply catch the thought.
Step 2 – Slow it down: Put the brakes on. The breath is a fantastic anchor, because it is always available. Focus on the breath; it helps to count after each outbreath e.g. up to 10.
Step 3 – Choose a new direction: What makes you happy? What is the best scenario which could happen? How do you want to be? Take some time building a new image as clear as you can.
Step 4 – Repeat step 1, 2, & 3, as often as you can. You are creating a new neuropathway in your brain which is going to positively affect your body.
I’ll leave you with a quote:
I’ve lived through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened