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7 Ways to Clear Your Mind of Negative Thoughts

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Negative thoughts are the biggest obstacle in personal growth and self-actualization.

They also create a lot of trouble in our day to day life. Also, unfortunately, for many of us, they might seem completely involuntary.

Here are some ways in which you can stop these negative thoughts from occurring.

1. Write down positive affirmations

Within the next 30 days, you could be a more positive and upbeat person if you wrote down 10 of your desired affirmations on a piece of paper every day. Writing down how your desired life should look like, in a concise and specific manner, gradually rewires your brain and your life starts to change with each passing day.

However, if you don’t find the time and space to do the writing, you can definitely reap the same benefits by listening to audio tapes of positive affirmations. So, create a 30-day schedule and get rid of your nagging negative thoughts forever.

2. Practicing self-acceptance

A lot of negative thinking is caused by resisting and suppressing the truth about how we actually are in real life. A lot of people live their lives wishing and hoping that they looked better and in a way that is more acceptable by society. Obviously, this creates conflict in their minds, and they start to have a negative thought about themselves.

Self-acceptance can change all that. To be perfectly honest, just knowing who you are and not caring what other people think of you is more than enough to get rid of the self-generated negative thoughts.

3. Journaling

“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read on the train.”


-Oscar Wilde

Recent research shows that journaling every day can help reduce stress, bring clarity of thought, and also help people understand themselves better. Unlike what most people think, journaling is an ancient practice; it dates back to the 10th century, Japan. Back in the day, successful people used to maintain a personal diary to keep track of their thoughts and actions.

It’s important to keep track of when and how the negative thoughts come to your mind. Jotting down the triggers can help you become more aware of yourself and make it easy for you to catch yourself when a negative thought pops up in your head.

4. Mindfulness meditation

clear your mind of negative thoughts

Mindfulness is not just a meditation technique, it is a way of life. Being mindful means to keep your mind so clear that it becomes full of emptiness and space. For instance, instead of letting our minds wander and think about repetitive things, we can exercise our power to observe ourselves and be in the driving seat of our lives.

There is no denying the fact that the root of most of our negative thoughts is stress. Don’t let negative thoughts keep you from getting ahead.

Recent research shows that even a single mindfulness meditation session can help reduce anxiety and stress. For instance, the subjects of a study showed reduced anxiety and stress after one hour of the meditation session. In conclusion, their stress was astoundingly lowered when examined after a week of meditating one hour a day.

5. Read poetry to process negative thoughts

A poem may seem like a collection of awesome sounding words and nothing else. But it can be more than that. For a logical person, everything must make sense, and every activity should yield a certain outcome. By being this way, they are being too hard on themselves.

Poetry teaches us to break away from our conditioned mind and delve into the unknown. Popular American spiritual teacher Deepak Chopra urges people to read poems to become more empathetic, happy and free from negative thinking.

In the war-torn area of Afghanistan called Spin Boldak, American troops started a monthly poetry reading session to relieve stress and accumulated feelings. At first, some of the soldiers were skeptical about it, but as the word spread about this unusual social gathering, more soldiers started participating in it.

6. Get away from toxic people

Have you ever stayed awake at night thinking about how your life would look like if you got a chance to start all over again? Many of us get into relationships without even asking ourselves whether that person is worth our time or not. This happens a lot when we are young. In that period, all we care about is having fun and socializing with as many people as possible.

If you find yourself doing things that are clearly hurtful to you or you feel exhausted at the end of the day, there is a chance that you are in a toxic relationship with someone. So, evaluate the people in your life and stay away from the toxic ones.

7. Take a walk in the nature

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Taking a brisk walk is an old fashioned way of dealing with sudden stress and panic attacks. Moreover, walking doesn’t take up a lot of energy.

But how does walking help clear negative thoughts?

When you decide to go for a quick walk, you are making a decision to change your current mental state. It shifts your attention from your mind to your body, especially, if you take a stroll in a park or any place surrounding nature.

To wrap things up, a quick way to get rid of negative thoughts is to write down all your thoughts on a piece of paper or record it on a sound recorder. As a result of that, you quickly become conscious of your thinking patterns, and you start to look at yourself objectively.

Moreover, negative thoughts are a result of our bad experience in the past and to let them lead our life would be a huge mistake. By making the best out of the tools and techniques mentioned in this article, you can successfully eliminate them and live a fully empowered life.

References-

1. The Health Benefits of Journaling – Psych Central.” Accessed March 23, 2019. https://psychcentral.com/lib/the-health-benefits-of-journaling/.
2. “Even a single mindfulness meditation session can reduce … – EurekAlert!.” Accessed March 23, 2019. https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-04/eb2-eas041218.php.
3. “Reading Poetry Can Instantly Boost Your Happiness, Says Deepak ….” Accessed March 23, 2019. https://www.rd.com/health/wellness/deepak-chopra-reading-poetry-happiness/.
4. “Soldiers relieve stress through poetry | Article | The United … – Army.mil.” Accessed March 23, 2019. https://www.army.mil/article/49327/soldiers_relieve_stress_through_poetry.

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Why Do Animals Make Better Friends Than Humans?

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Animals are the pure, raw souls that need little to be genuinely happy. In a world continually chasing after materialistic bliss and happiness, your furry friends find fulfillment in a bit of touch, a bit of affection, and a dollop of kindness. 

There are no layers or hidden agendas, it’s just a beautiful bond of simplicity, or as popularly known as love. Somehow, for this generation, the meaning of the word love has been lost in translation. We are always after something, something better, something newer. 

Our fast-paced approach has derailed basic human emotions and its purity. Friendships for many people is less of a bond, and more of an unsigned “give and take” policy. However, if you look into your dog’s crystal-clear eyes, nothing but love and deep affection reflect back. 

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That’s the beauty of building relations with animals; they want nothing but some warmth and your time. It’s a sense of fulfillment that makes you believe that being you is enough, along with an odd satisfying sense of acceptance when your four-legged buddy comes running up like there is no tomorrow.

Like a true friend, they listen to you and give you comfort in the most unprecedented ways. We may not share the same language, but some words can be understood even when unspoken. 

We all look for hope and belief to be alive. Sometimes, it just needs a kind pair of eyes to stare at you with honest attention, without any judgment, to find that hope. I also believe honesty is a magically powerful language found in abundance in our furry friends.

But this is not only about pets; all animals in this world have something profound to offer. Their sense of affection, love, and gratitude is like a lighthouse in a deep dark sea. 

All around the globe, you can find various instances of animals and their bonds with fellow humans developing in unimaginable ways, simply because of their beautiful, unspoiled souls. They are more precious than us, I think, by being able to portray love in the most natural and pure way. 

If you have found it, always hold on to this feeling, because it is fulfilling and heart-touching to witness true love in their eyes, and eyes are thought to be the window of souls. At the end of the day, we are lucky to share this world with them, because they truly teach us how to be loved in this crazy, big world. 

So try to do your part to save them and provide for them, because your act of kindness can go a long way!

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The Impact of Deep Melody

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Music is a form of art that has the power to touch your soul. Through this universal language, countless emotions have been depicted over the ages. The human mind grasps music differently under different circumstances. Even the same tune can be interpreted variedly from person to person. 

From Beethoven to Bach, Mozart to Yo Yo Ma, Einaudi to Mischka, the depth of soulful music is beyond the power of perception. The music created by these artists resonates deep within our souls through every note, every beat. 

If you close your eyes and listen to Yo Yo Ma’s rendition of the Prelude, irrespective of your mood, you will get absorbed into a moment of tranquil hard to describe in words. Or take, for example, Einaudi’s composition called “Waterways,” the sense of a pristine aura that lasts long after he finishes the piece, is simply beautiful.

Every note, chord, and tune affects your brain in a way you can’t even imagine. So here, we will try to explore some of the powers of music and the impacts of deep melodies.

Memory 

Since the 20th century numerous studies have been conducted to research the power of music over memory functioning of the human brain. Certain music can take your mind back decades in an instant. 

In a study conducted with dementia patients, it was found that music improves general well being, mood, orientation, and episodic memory recalls. It was shown to have an overall positive effect on life.

Stress Relief

Music can lower the cortisol levels in your body and can alleviate the symptoms of stress. 

According to the American Psychological Society, “In a trial conducted by University of Alberta, with 42 children aged between 3-11, it was found that while getting an IV inserted, patients who listened to relaxing music reported significantly less pain, and some demonstrated significantly less distress, compared with patients who did not listen to music.”

Alleviation of Pain 

Martin Luther King had famously said, “My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary.”

This statement, in fact, is quite true to an extent, as researchers now believe that listening to music triggers the release of opioids in our body. The same chemical comes into action when the body is in pain, acting as a natural antidote.  

Seizures

Christine Charyton, of the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, said that “Persons with epilepsy synchronize before a seizure. By listening to music, many patients reported that they felt relaxed.” 

Concluding Words

Music has the power to heal. It reaches the deepest corners of our soul and affects us in unprecedented ways. However, the depth of melody is without any boundaries of prefixed notes and scales. It is an eternal journey of understanding and perception beyond our senses.

“Music… will help dissolve your perplexities and purify your character and sensibilities, and in time of care and sorrow, will keep a fountain of joy alive in you.” ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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4 Benefits of Doing Yoga Regularly

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Yoga is an excellent place to start a healthy lifestyle if your life has been quite a bit sedentary for some time. Even with health conditions like arthritis or osteoporosis, you can safely practice Yoga. With multiple types and forms of Yoga to choose from, you have the freedom to practice whatever suits you. Regular Yoga can help you become more robust and flexible by making it easier for you to do other exercises like dancing, walking, or swimming.

Moreover, it is also a great way to stay energetic and flexible. Your general alertness increases, and there is also a profound positive impact on mental health with Yoga. 

With regular practice, you will gradually notice overall well-being and a deep sense of inner peace. Yoga frees you of all the worry, stress, anxiety that bogs you down and lets you proceed towards a more holistic and spiritually fulfilling self-development.

Let’s take a look at four of the obvious benefits that come from practicing Yoga.

Cardiovascular

  • Improves poor blood circulation
  • Reduces high blood pressure
  • Reduces oxidative stress
  • Reduces body-wide inflammation, contributing to healthier hearts

Orthopedic

  • Improves mobility in people with lower back pain
  • Reduces risk for injury
  • Allows better coping with arthritis
  • Can slow down the advent of osteoporosis
  • Improves the condition of people with limited mobility

Stress-Anxiety-Depression

  • Reduces headaches
  • Helps you to have better control over tension or stress
  • Reduces anxiety levels and depression
  • Can help you get better sleep, improves insomnia
  • Relaxes your body
  • Increases overall mental and physical stability

Lung

  • Improves breathing patterns
  • Increases lung capacity
  • Improves lung output and pulse rates
  • Helps people with asthma, to control definitive symptoms

Final Comments

Yoga is an excellent way to heal your body, both physically and mentally. It allows you to have the perfect blend of de-stressing and exercise in a simple yet effective way.

A healthy body makes a healthy mind. Regular Yoga can help you achieve health and fitness. Moreover, daily practice brings in more discipline to your everyday life. Especially during these testing times of the COVID-19 pandemic, when we are all trapped in our homes, a regular fitness regime that is easy to follow is especially necessary.

The best part is that Yoga is trendy, and you can always find guidelines for the correct postures. With many materials and videos available online, you can start your fulfilling Yoga journey any moment you wish. So what’s stopping you today?

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