Dealing with negative thoughts

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Negative thoughts mental health awareness


Let's be honest - nobody can be full of energy and positivity all the time. I mean, if you can find someone then send them to me to teach me their ways! Negative thoughts are natural, albeit not very pleasant. Here are some things you can do to ease those nasty voices in your head.


Distractions

The worst thing to do when you're having a bit of a brain meltdown is sit and dwell in it. It seems cliche, but finding a distraction is a great way to get out of that slump a little bit. I find that reading is my number one distraction - find a new book to get stuck into, or maybe revisit an old favourite. Granted, sometimes I am in such a funk that I can't actually concentrate on reading. I have a few playlists of music that makes me feel happy or badass lined up for situations like these! Sometimes singing at the top of my lungs is really cathartic and I feel a hundred times better afterwards. Colouring books and artsy things are also a really great way of taking your mind off things. Before you know it, you've forgotten what was putting you in such a bad mood!

Positivity

The only way to kill the nasty voices is to batter them down with a big fluffy crowbar of positivity. It sounds weird and lame but I like to scroll through Instagram or Pinterest looking at 'inspirational' quotes to try and inject some positivity into my silly old brain. Of course you come across the quotes that make you cringe, but there are quite a few thought-provoking and all-round just nice quotes that can really just make you think differently. My favourite quote of late is one from Roald Dahl (you may have seen it on my Instagram page!): "If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.

Perspective

Sometimes, after a bit of time allowing yourself to feel like crud, it's a good idea to also think about the bigger picture. Let yourself be upset, because we are humans that need to feel emotions. But then think about all the other reasons you have to be completely and utterly grateful. I am the worst at taking my own advice with this - I am the most self-pitying person that ever lived! But even if you just take a minute to think how lucky you are to be able to see, walk and breathe, you'll feel even just a tiny bit better. It's not that 'people have it worse than you' bullshit; it's all about perspective, and knowing that although you're feeling bad and things might seem like they're all going wrong, you have a lot of other stuff in your life that is completely and utterly right.

Be human

At the end of the day, it's completely natural to feel down sometimes. As I mentioned, I don't think there's a single person that has ever lived their entire lives full of bouncy positive energy. Sometimes, all you need is a few hours or a day just to mope and let yourself feel what you want to feel. Nobody wants thoughts in their head that make them feel sad or upset or feel bad about themselves, but they happen. We have to accept them and then banish them. Don't ever let someone make you feel bad for feeling upset, even if it feels like you don't have a 'legitimate' reason to be down. 




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