How do I rewire my brain to replace negative thoughts with positive thoughts?
Practice steps 1-5. Retraining your thoughts and rewiring your brain will require practice. Love yourself and respect the journey.
1) Be Aware. Be aware of your negative thoughts and what triggers those negative thoughts. Allow yourself time to peel back the layers of the negative influences in your life. Identify changes that need to be made. Have self-compassion and allow yourself to change. Be aware of how practicing positive thinking benefits the mind and the body. Knowing these benefits can help motivate you to practice on a daily basis.
2) Take responsibility of your actions. The average person has about 70,000 thoughts per day. You can control your thoughts and your actions. If you have given others control, start taking it back one person at a time. It will become easier as you begin to set boundaries and gain confidence.
3) Make a plan. Make a plan to make time for yourself. Start by giving yourself 5 minutes every day; recite a daily mantra or daily devotion or affirmation (examples below). Soon you will find that you have more time for yourself than once thought. Personal time is yours, you deserve it.
4) Practice. Practice. Practice.
Start your day by reciting a mantra or daily devotion or affirmation, doing this will activate chemical processes that rewire the brain as well as set a positive tone.
Examples of affirmations:
- I am attracting powerfully positive and healthy people into my life.
- I am deserving of all the good things in my life.
- I let go of the past so I can create health now.
- I am thankful for what I have, even if it’s not perfect.
- I give myself permission to rest and heal without guilt.
- I will no longer give my power away to those who try to control and manipulate me. I own my own power and take responsibility for the choices and decisions I make every day.
- I deserve happiness. I choose to be happy.
Create your own affirmation: Affirmations are positive statements of a desired outcome or goal. They are usually short, believable and focused. By repeating them over and over again, you change neural pathways and synapses in your brain and open up a new state of thoughts.
Practice replacing negative self-talk with positive self-talk:
|I’ve never done it before.||It’s an opportunity to learn something new.|
|It’s too complicated.||I’ll tackle it from a different angle.|
|I don’t have the resources.||Necessity is the mother of invention.|
|I’m too lazy to get this done.||I wasn’t able to fit it into my schedule but can re-examine some priorities.|
|There’s no way it will work.||I can try to make it work.|
|It’s too radical a change.||Let’s take a chance.|
|No one bothers to communicate with me.||I’ll see if I can open the channels of communication.|
|I’m not going to get any better at this.||I’ll give it another try.|
5) Enjoy. The more you practice positive self-talk exercises the easier it will be as your brain begins to rewire its self. Better Health. Better Life.