One often hears that the mind is a fragile thing. When hearing this statement, a person’s initial thought could be, “I should be careful with how I treat others.” However, many fail to acknowledge that this includes personal thoughts and ignore how the way you think affects your livelihood.
How to recognize a negative mindset:
It all begins with self-deprecation, a phrase as simple as “I don’t look my best today,” or “Gosh, I’m so dumb,” can impact the way you not only go about your day but your general habits as well. Your mind is like a muscle, and you grow up training it to become stronger and fill it with information to guide you through daily life.
The most common way of memorizing or learning something is through repetition; the number of times you hear or say something to yourself can impact the way you think. If you find yourself always saying things like, “I’m never going to get better at this” or “I can’t do anything right,” you will eventually start to believe these things are right. In reality, these things couldn’t be further from the truth.
How to alter your thought process:
The most critical step in changing any negative habit one has is first to acknowledge it. It starts with catching yourself talking negatively and slowly trying to stop the thought before it can escape. When you interrupt the thought, it is useful to quickly begin a new one with something as simple as what you would like to eat later that day or something equally positive to dispel the negative thoughts.
After you get into the habit of catching yourself saying negative things out loud, slowly start altering negative phrases. Instead of saying things such as “I don’t understand this because I’m terrible at math,” try adjusting into a more positive expression such as, “I’ll understand this with more practice, math is a challenging subject that stimulates me to put in more work to succeed.” The process takes patience. The most significant help going through the journey is to be gentle with yourself.
Tactics that can aid through the journey:
You can incorporate many habits into your daily life to aid you during the journey of rewiring the way you speak to yourself.
Journaling- It is a simple and effective solution. All it takes is five minutes per day to write down thoughts or personal mantras that you won’t want to forget. Journaling will not only track down your process, but it will also help you organize ideas.
Keeping yourself healthy- Many doctors and beauty bloggers urge others to stay healthy and drink water, which is quite clear. This urge to keep yourself healthy is reflected in the fact that your body puts out what you put in. If someone suffers from dehydration, they tend to be more tired and less alert as a result.
Exercising- If you are a person that wants or likes to keep yourself fit, heavy workouts that get your heart pumping are suitable since working out releases chemicals in your brain known as endorphins. Endorphins are what elevates a person’s mood; the more you have, the more you tend to be positive.
These and other practices help strengthen not just your physical and mental state but also your emotional one.
Finally, though it is essential to be respectful when speaking to others, one cannot forget that it applies to oneself. The way you treat yourself determines not only your self-worth but the way you respond to the world around you. It is essential to be sure of oneself can get you out of situations like tiring co-dependent dynamics and personal ruts.
Even though the journey for everyone is different, ultimately, the goal is the same. We all strive to be better people and to be the highest versions of ourselves we can be. To begin the journey, we must first look within the person staring back at us in the mirror.
Persistence is vital, setbacks will always be part of the equation, yet when you take things at your own pace, you’ll find that the mountains you wouldn’t dare to cross before have suddenly become small hills.