04 Jun 6 ways to shift your mind to get through tough times
via the Huffington Post by Mo Seetubtim
Life is full of ups and downs. Even though we try to stay positive and happy, sometimes we just can't help but feel a little down. Things don't always go as planned. Disappointments, rejections, hurt, worries, illnesses, jealousy, annoyance — all of these things can occur to make us feel very uncomfortable in our own mind. We know it's not good to feel this way but somehow it's hard to stop thinking about it. We internalize our thought about a certain thing that annoys us or hurts us because it gives us comfort. However, by internalizing that thought in our head, thinking about it over and over, we reinforce the negative feeling we have and fill ourselves up with negative energy.
Here are the six tips of what you can do to get yourself out of the habit of internalizing negative thought patterns. So that you can easily let go off negative thoughts whenever they hit you and feel happy again.
1. When you find yourself over-thinking about something, take your mind off it with "meditation."
It's hard to switch from a negative thought to a positive thought right away. So instead of trying to do that, use "meditation" to help you transition. Because when you meditate you need to have a clear mind — you should not think about anything but just focus on your breathing. Meditation sets your mind and your brain to default — to a blank state. Doing this for 10 minutes your head will be clear and you will feel relaxed — ready to start thinking about something that gives you joy again.
2. When you face a struggle in life, instead of feeling you're unfortunate or life is not fair, see it as an opportunity to learn and to grow your mental strength.
Because without a struggle, you wouldn't get to grow your mental strength. It's a blessing in disguise. When you start thinking life is unfair, you'd then have a tendency to circle that thought in your head — telling yourself so over and over which is only going to make you feel worse. Instead of wasting time feeling sad and sorry for yourself, accept the situation and see this as a challenge for yourself. Forget about the future. Just focus on your next step. Then your next step. Inch by inch. Eventually you claw your way out…
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