I read this stat on Jack Canfield’s blog that blew me away (he's the Chicken Soup for the Soul, guy): “Researchers estimate that we think about 50,000 to 70,000 thoughts a day – and that about 80% of those thoughts are negative.” WHAT! That’s a mindblowing amount of negative self-talk. If you’re going to live the life you are MEANT to live and that you DESERVE, it can’t be dragged down by all of that negativity and doubt. If you’ve ever caught yourself saying: ● “They must think I’m _____” ● “I should be _____ by now.” ● “Why am I so _____.” ● “Why can’t I ever seem to ____.” And filling in those blanks with something negative … then you have GOT to change the conversation happening in your head.
Here are two things to try:
1. Meditation. In fact, you can notice a difference in brain circuitry after just 2 weeks of meditation! Compassion and kindness meditations are very impactful. Many apps (like Headspace or Calm) include these guided meditations, plus there are hundreds of them for free on YouTube. 2. Discover WHY. Think about why or how your health (or your body confidence) is meaningful for you. Why does it matter? How will it serve you, your family, your community? What will it help you do, be, or achieve? Making that “meaningful” connection turns on the part of your brain that responds to health advice. That, in turn, can help you feel more proactive about taking action! Pairing these priming techniques with the shift in negative to positive self-talk will pack a 1-2 punch ... and negativity won’t stand a chance. This is incredibly POWERFUL if you apply it and take action. It just takes a little practice. You can do it, you got this! PS - Have you checked out my newly launched online shop yet? You should! References: https://newsinhealth.nih.gov/2015/08/positive-emotions-your-health