It’s no secret that as a child my inward thoughts were very negative and knowing what I know now about my neurological impairments, they were unlikely to change. I continually have to find ways through.
But moving away from negative thoughts doesn’t happen straight away. It can take weeks, months, even years to change negative patterns. It’s hard to move away from negative thoughts, 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 one;
- Keep yourself busy and your mind occupied. You’ll be surprised at how much more positive and confident you will become;
- Try to recognise some of your own positive qualities. If that doesn’t come to you easily, perhaps try to look for positivity in others;
- Look at your lifestyle to see if you can make any changes. Our lifestyles can be the catalyst for negative thinking;
- If you’re around people who are continually negative, move away from them and begin to build your life around positive people;
- Recite positive affirmations every day and repeat them, so that you begin to believe in what you’re saying;
- Write your thoughts out, like you would a diary. Sometimes the act of writing encourages new thinking.
In my own case, I had to keep myself busy. By being able to change the way we think, we’re paving the way for changing negative thoughts into positive ones.