Turn That Frown Upside Down!
If you do engage in frequent negative self-talk and critical thinking, you can develop a more positive mental mindset. Just like any new new skill, it will take practice to make this work (but it’s worth it!). Here are some suggestions to try:
- Become aware of your negative thoughts. Note how often and in what ways you engage in negative thinking. When you realize that you’re thinking negatively, challenge yourself to counter the negative thought with an affirming one.
- Decorate your world with affirmations. Use dry erase markers to write positive sayings on your mirrors or post them on sticky notes in your home, car, and office.
- Challenge yourself to write down at least one thing you like about yourself each day for a month.
- Use a prompt like, “I am beauty-full because . . .” or “I am worth it because . . .” and then complete that sentence with as many reasons as possible.
- Practice accepting compliments. When someone pays you a compliment, say “thank you” and use it a reminder of the positives that others see in you.
- Utilize social media in a positive way. Look for images and quotes that are healthy, helpful, and uplifting to you. Once discovered, share them!
- Remember to laugh and enjoy the funny side of life. Give yourself permission to smile and seek humor even in the midst of difficult times.
- Surround yourself with positive people.
If you need suggestions for affirmations to use, you can find many examples on the Internet (and we’ve included a few in this newsletter). Here are two sites to try: