How often do we allow ourselves to be overwhelmed by negative thoughts?
How often do we think that there is no way out, that something bad is going to happen, that we are not good?
How often do we focus on the things we don't achieve or don't have?
Because of the anxiety and stress, we handle in our daily lives (and even more in these times of pandemic and isolation) it is easy to feel overwhelmed by thoughts that negatively influence the way we stand in life.
But contrary to negative thinking, for which we do not need any effort and often invades us and takes us on automatic pilot, there is another way of thinking and standing through life, even in difficult and problematic situations: Positive thinking. This way of seeing life is not easy at all, it needs a lot of constancy, it is an exercise, a way of living and training the mind.
What I bring you today is an exercise to put this type of thinking into practice and to stand before life with another posture, a more hopeful outlook.
This can help the adults of the house to remain emotionally stable, something that is very important to help the children also to regulate their emotions. Children tend to imitate their parents and have them as a role model but they get influenced by their feelings as well.
This is why it is very important that adults are mentally healthy in order to promote the well-being and balance of the family.
There are a lot of ways to encourage positive thinking, which can help us to deal with difficult moments in a more manageable way. Let's start with a simple activity.
You can do this exercise when you wake up or before going to bed. The idea is to make a list of things you are thankful for. They can be people, personal achievements, personal qualities, challenges, etc.
Through this activity we promote a feeling of gratitude and enjoyment for what we have received, we help clear our mind of negativity and see our life more clearly. Namaste means that I am grateful for your kindness, friendship, and greatness.
Sometimes you focus on what you don't have and don't enjoy everything you have and have achieved.
By slowly exercising our mind, changing our chip, we will be able to live a more fulfilling life. Even when things get difficult, thinking this way will help us face and overcome adversity.
You don't have to do this alone, you can practice this exercise with your kids too! It can be a family activity to help you get through the day with more energy.
Do it for a week and if you want you can tell me how it went. I'm sure you will see results!
What about you? What are you grateful for?