It’s no secret that as a child my inward thoughts were very negative and knowing what I know now about my neurological impairments, I could never have changed them.
But moving away from negative thoughts and patterns doesn’t happen straight away. It can take weeks, even months or years to change those familiar patterns. It’s hard to move away from negativity, particularly if the environment we’re growing up in is predominantly negative.
My suggestions for changing negative thoughts are:
- Try and replace one negative thought you have with a positive one and slowly increase your positive thoughts to two or three for every negative thought;
- Keep yourself busy and your mind occupied;
- Try to recognise some of your own positive qualities. If that doesn’t come to you straight away, perhaps try to look for and see positivity in others;
- Look at your lifestyle to see if you can make any changes;
- If you’re around people who are continually negative, move away from them so that you begin to build your life around positive people;
- Listen to subliminal affirmations for an hour a day for 30 days, then reduce if you’re feeling better and continue periodically;
- Write your thoughts out like you would a Diary. Sometimes the act of writing encourages new positive thinking.
I sadly had to keep myself busy because nothing else seemed to work. However, we manage it, by being able to change the way we think, we’re paving the way for change from negative to positive.