“Oh, just take a chill pill.”
How often have you heard that? How often have you wanted to take a “chill pill” because life can get so hectic?
Health experts state that anti-anxiety pills are being prescribed at an all-time high, as men and women are walking around tense and stressed out about plenty of things. What’s causing all the anxiety? A whole lot of negative self talk, and by this I mean the ongoing conversations going on with our inner critic.
Have you ever tried to quiet your inner critical voice for more than a minute through meditation? If so, you get that doing so can be quite difficult. There you are all settled in your meditative seated position, eyes closed, and ready to get in tune with your Higher Self. (HAHA, I sound like such a bohemian hipster, but it’s true!) You purposely think about nothing, yet within ten seconds, random thoughts are popping into your head. You don’t want them to come, but they do anyway.
That is your critical voice not leaving you freakin’ alone!
So many people go throughout their days carrying on a conversation with their inner critic about all sorts of things past, present, and future. Much of the conversation creates anxiety because it is all just a bunch of negative
You feel me?
Rest assured! You can learn ways to stop negative self talk so that you can live a peaceful life. You really can get some control over your inner critic so that you only allow positive thoughts to flow into your mind. To become a master of something, you have to practice, so challenging negative thoughts and overcoming negative self talk essentially means practicing things like meditation, relaxation, and affirmations.
Mastering your inner critical voice is easier than you think. Here are some great ways to stop negative self talk with your inner critic now.
List of Ways to Stop Negative Self Talk…
Challenging Negative Thoughts #1: The Wristband Solution
One of the newest ways to stop negative self talk that I’ve come across is the wristband solution – and it works pretty well!
If a negative thought comes through your mind, just say “stop” right away, and then visualize a clear, bright stop sign. This is the method to halt your mind from thinking these destructive thoughts. In addition, put a rubber band over your wrist. Say “stop” once again when the thought comes back, and then snap your rubber band immediately. Replace the negative thought with a positive one.
For instance, if you say to yourself “I am ugly,” replace it with the following phrase “I am beautiful.”
Challenging Negative Thoughts #2: Journaling It All Away
There is nothing I love more than keeping a journal. Seriously! I have been keeping track of all my thoughts and my feelings in a diary since the time I could begin writing!
I think that relieving all that pent up frustration, negativity and anger through the power of pen and paper is one of the most powerful ways to master your thought life! It helps you to spot all those nasty triggers and patterns that cause you to spiral down a dark path and it might just be the overly ‘dreamy’ part of me, but I like to imagine releasing my thoughts onto a piece of paper so that when I close my journal, all my anxiety and stress shuts away with it!
Once you recognize your patterns of negative
Challenging Negative Thoughts #3: Become Aware
If you want to find ways to stop negative self talk, you have to be aware that you are having negative thoughts in the first place!
Realize the fact that there is a dialogue going on in your mind with your inner critic and that you are in charge of your inner critical voice more than you may think. Becoming more conscious of your unconscious life is what some people call an awakening. You’re waking up to the reality that you are more in control of your inner critic than you might think. A great way to begin challenging negative thoughts is to meditate and/or pray on a regular basis.
Challenging Negative Thoughts #4: Make a Gratitude List
Gratitude is a great way to go from negative to positive. Go ahead and make a gratitude list, stating everything you are grateful for. This helps you focus on the positive things in your life instead of the negative things and oftentimes helps you get into a more positive mood.
Gratitude is a powerful force, as the more grateful you are, the
Ways to stop negative
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Tell me, how do you control that critical voice at the back of your mind? And what ways to you use to begin challenging negative thoughts? Drop a comment in the section below – I want to hear all about it!