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The power of positive thinking is real. Positive thinking substitutes helpful self-talk for negative. We all have negative thoughts that run through our heads every day. The more you can substitute positive thinking for negative self-criticism, the more positive you will feel.
Self-Acceptance Refuse to measure yourself to people’s expectations. Take care of yourself. Identify your best attributes and focus on them. Stop criticizing yourself and others. Try not to look for approval from others. Pat yourself on the back for your accomplishments and if you slip up every once in a while, that’s okay.
Gratitude You will find a positive emotional state by simply focusing on the parts of your life that you are most thankful for. Making a list of things you are grateful for draws you away from negative thoughts and shifts your focus to the outside world. Here is one I came up with today:
1. This semester is almost over!
2. My health: I was in a car accident and luckily I am fine
3. Proud of myself for going back to the gym
4. This cold weather-feels like Christmas
5. My precious dog
Affirmations are positive messages you want to replace with the negative ones. Make a list of 5 of these and tape them to your bathroom mirror, your fridge, by the phone. Examples might be: I love my smile. I’m a good friend. I am proud of myself for…
Thought-stopping This is a good tool for when you need to stop persistent destructive thoughts. Wear a rubber band on wrist and whenever those bad thoughts pop into your head, snap that rubberband hard. Another thought-stopping technique is to imagine turning off a light switch when those bad thoughts come around. The visualization is supposed to help your brain turn off the bad thinking. I personally think the rubber band is a way better technique.