Did you know that your thoughts can influence and affect your mood drastically?
Sometimes we find ourselves stuck in a cycle of negative thinking that can be difficult to shake off; However, by becoming aware of these negative patterns and actively trying to shift our mindset, we can stop these thoughts in their tracks before they have a negative impact on our health and wellbeing.
Put some zen in your life! 2 Simple hacks to help you feel better
Take a moment to gain some perspective.
We can gain some much-needed calm by simply reminding ourselves that the majority of what we worry excessively about, may not actually happen. If it does, we usually find ways to cope regardless. Think about moments in your past where you excessively worried about something- yet you managed to over-come that obstacle. You are much more resilient than you give yourself credit for and being faced with adversity is the time to truly acknowledge this.
Write it down
A great hack to implement when you find yourself overwhelmed or caught up in a negative spiral is to simply take a piece of paper and write down your thoughts and feelings. On one side, try writing the very worst outcome that you can imagine, as this is what may be subconsciously causing you stress and anxiety. On the other side, write down the absolute best consequence, even if seems silly or ridiculous or even impossible!
This little activity is a great way to manage your stress by writing down the best-case and worst-case scenarios. There is a very good chance that reality will be somewhere in the middle. This is also a great way to reflect and take some proactive steps to manifest the middle ground.
Debriefing from our daily worries, by trying to detangle our thoughts after a stressful day, can do wonders for our wellbeing. Writing is a powerful tool that can help clear our headspace and take our jumbled thoughts off of our shoulders. Sometimes putting pen to paper can be just what we need so that our negative thoughts and worries can exist outside of our mind. You may prefer keeping a more structured account, or simply letting the words flow in whichever direction they want to go in. Some good old-fashioned journaling can really provide some much-needed clarity when our thoughts are weighing us down.
Areesha is a Psychologist who wants to be a part of the change towards removing stigma surrounding mental health in our society. She feels strongly that everyone should have access to resources that can help their mental wellbeing - despite age, gender or culture.