It’s no secret that as a child my inner thoughts were negative. Knowing what I know about my neurological impairments, those negative thoughts were unlikely to change, therefore I continually had to find ways through.
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 may be surprised at how much more positive and confident you will be;
- Try to recognise some of your own positive qualities. If that doesn’t come to you easily, start by trying to look for the positivity in others;
- Look at your lifestyle to see if there are any changes you can make;
- If you’re around people who are continually negative, slowly choose to move away from them;
- Positive affirmations may help change your internal thinking;
- Write your thoughts out, like you would a diary. Sometimes the act of writing encourages new thinking.
I used to have to keep myself busy. But by being able to change the way we think, we’re paving the way for changing negative thoughts into positive ones.