“If you want to end darkness, you cannot beat it with a baseball bat, you have to turn on a light.”- Marianne Williamson
Whenever we find ourselves wrapped up in unwanted stress, anxiety, and negativity, try to increase the amount of time, thought, and energy we direct toward positive behavior. Cultivating consciousness and care around your daily thoughts are important as your thoughts create your emotional, physical, and energetic reality.
4 Simple Ways to Counterbalance Negativity
1. Exercise Self-compassion
One of the best ways to give yourself a break is to exercise self-compassion. It’s easy to forget to have compassion for ourselves. Practicing self-compassion is something a lot of women seem to struggle with, especially when it comes to finding that balance of nurturing others and taking the time to personally recharge. Sometimes it is easier for negativity to set in.
Consider one way you can practice self-compassion. Maybe it’s allowing yourself to feel all your emotions rather than tucking it away. Maybe it’s creating time in your day to journal. When I wake up 30 minutes earlier to journal, I can feel the effects of a more positive mindset once I get out all my (positive and negative) thoughts on paper.
2. Meditate for 5 minutes each morning.
Remember, meditating does not mean you have to sit still and make your mind blank. Walking meditations are just as beneficial! It’s all about taking a few moments to be present, mindful, and aware so that we can understand the nature of our thoughts in order to not let our mind run amok.
3. Live Your Values
Make a list of your top 3 values and make it a priority to incorporate it into your day. Begin by writing down what you enjoy doing on your free time. Align your time with these priorities. For instance, if you love reading, align your time so that you can spend at least 30 minutes each day to read a book on your bucket list.
4. Take a Break From Technology
If it feels like your livelihood depends on social media, start with spending 30 minutes less each day or blocking off only an hour for social media. What will you do with more free time? Take a look at your top 3 values and enjoy more time in your day to do what gives you joy!
Give it a try and see the difference yourself! When exercising self-compassion, remember to keep an open mind. We are able to hear only what we are ready to take in.
Also, recognize your dominant thoughts and feelings throughout the day. Keep this awareness in mind in order to cultivate positive thoughts. Our thoughts create our reality. So when we have positive thoughts or are simply expressing gratitude throughout the day, our thoughts influence how we feel, our health, and energy level.