We worry about what we eat, but we need to go a step further and go beyond just the physical. So let me ask you. What’s your mental diet look like?
Is your mind filled with beauty, love and light or is it filled with anxiety, criticism and negativity? If you are like most people it’s probably a combination of the two.
According to the NSF, we have 50,000 thoughts per day. Oh no, you read that right.
Sit with that information for a minute.
Now of those 50,000 thoughts you have how many of those are positive about yourself and others?
When I first heard this it made me feel uncomfortable. Why? We know full well that we have emotions, feelings and thoughts that are at times not productive so I am definitely guilty here.
I don’t know about you, but I am my own worst critic. When I am critical about myself I take that a step further and project that onto others. Not good. Or I over analyze conversations I just had with my coworkers, family or friends.
How can we clear our minds so that we silence the noise and confusion so we can be authentic and real with ourselves and others? The facade we put on each day is not who we are and we need to get beyond that to truly connect and transform.
With that said, here are 5 tips to get you started:
- Become an Observer. In order to change our thoughts we have to be aware of them. When you recognize that your thought patterns are negative literally tell yourself to stop. Say it out loud – it really helps. Once you realize what you are doing transition your thoughts to something positive. It could be anything that brings a smile to your face.
- Write it out. Keeping a journal can be a great way to get our feelings and thoughts out of our head so we are not consumed with them. Sometimes we like to play things over and over again in our minds, but getting them out on paper helps to clear out the clutter if you will.
- Go outside! It’s springtime so go for a walk in nature. It can increase our energy and for those of us who work indoors a lot it gives us a nice boost of Vitamin D.
- Be Still or Meditate. Find a space to be quiet and just be. That’s easier said than done I know, but it’s important that we connect with ourselves on a deeper level. Try to find a quiet place where you can light a candle or play soft music to help you focus your attention and thoughts.
- Get Active. By physically exerting your body through whatever means works for you it allows you to get the stress out and clears your mind especially when you do workouts that need concentration like aerobics, martial arts, Pilates, yoga, etc. Whatever you decide to do try to focus in on what you are doing in the present moment. Side note, if you struggle to move because of your pain. Try to do some light walking or even simple stretches where you sit or lay. The point is to stimulate blood flow and every little bit helps!
These are tips that may not be that unique, but they have helped me when I need to get out of my head and up level my thoughts. The goal is to be aware of our thought patterns in an effort to create new habits.
What things do you do to not engage in and/or dwell on negative or unproductive conversations, emotions or thoughts? Comment below and share with me!