14, 03, 2016

Getting rid of negative thinking

A lot of us take the wonderful things we have in our lives for granted and may not even realize it. We’re constantly looking for more and better things because what we have may not seem like enough. A lot of this may come from negativity and the influence of society’s standards of what we think we should have and need by a certain amount of time.

I’ll be one to admit that I have my lows where I question a lot of what I’m doing in my life, and sometimes I start to think nothing is possible or going my way. I made it a point this year to keep my chin up and to not only work on my physical health but as well as my mental health. These are a few things I’ve been doing to remind myself to keep a positive mind.

1 – Keep a gratitude journal – Earlier last month I decided it was time to start journaling again. It not only keeps certain events and memories on file, but it’s a place where I can reveal myself without any judgment or fear. Writing in a journal let’s you be true to yourself and what you’re feeling – whether is be happy or sad. Not everybody is comfortable with keeping a physical journal or even know just how to get started, so I’ve been loving apps such as Bliss Gratitude Journal that help to guide and encourage you everyday to write and reflect on the good things in your life.

2 – Make time to do the things you love – Sometimes work and other responsibilities take over and we forget about doing the things that make us happy. You have time for anything as long as you make time for it, so do not let your love of painting, going on hikes, or dancing go to waste. Continuing to do the things you love helps to keep you grounded and happy at the most negative or stressful times.

3 – Create a list – When you have something(s) to look forward to it brews up positivity. Listing down all of your hopes, dreams, and aspirations will help give you a vision of what you want for your present or future. I’m a true believer that if it isn’t written down then it doesn’t exist, and a dream will only remain a dream until you believe it can be a reality. Just to give you an idea, my list consist of personal goals, career goals, and other bucket list goals. The most rewarding part about having such a list is when you’re able to scratch out what you’ve already accomplished.

4 – Take care of your overall health – Instead of just switching up your diet or doing more reps in your workout, I believe it all comes down to making it a permanent lifestyle change and not just something you do until you have met your goal. Exercise not only transforms and builds strength but it helps keep a healthy mood and mind. I’ve been doing and following the monthly calenders of Blogilates pop pilates and I’ve never been happier! The important thing here is  to do something that you look forward to doing and not something you feel like you have to do. As for diet, limitation and restriction from anything only makes it worse. Whether you’re vegan or a meat eater, there’s always something you can do to make what you put into your body a better choice. I personally have made to the decision to cut out meat and other animal by products, and have also included more vitamins and supplements into my diet. I make sure to take a multi-vitamin and Sibu Seven Omega 7 Fruit Oil everyday.

5 – Get a good night’s sleep – I’m sure you’ve heard it a million times before, but as someone such as myself who has suffered from severe insomnia, take it from me when I say getting a good night’s rest really does make a huge difference with your energy, mood, and overall health. Ever since I started to do the above steps I’ve been waking up a lot less throughout the night without my thoughts keeping me awake. I’ve also noticed I’m a lot less sluggish and depressed when I have my full 7-8 hours of sleep.

What are some things you do to keep a positive mind?

39 responses to “Getting rid of negative thinking”

  1. Pablo Parra (Fungi) says:

    ¡Hola Stacey! Me encanta el post porque es verdad, conforme más tenemos, más queremos, en especial en esta época de las redes sociales y donde todo se evapora tan rápido. Nunca está de más hacer una pausa y tratar de apreciar muchas de las cosas que verdaderamente importan. Por cierto voy a intentar con la app que recomiendas, ¡ se ve buena! 😀

    Un saludo desde Barcelona

    • Stacey says:

      Hola Pablo! Me alegro que os haya gustado! Somos todos influenciados por lo que vemos. A veces nos olvidamos de nuestra realidad y de lo que somos capaces de hacer por nosotros mismos. Estoy totalmente de acuerdo, una pausa es necesaria! Tenga una buena noche!

  2. Lovely post! Journaling is a great idea (especially this one!) I always seem to abandon it after a week. But this would be a good way to keep it going.
    Sleep is awesome. I can hardly function if I don’t get at least 7.5 hours a night. I don’t know how other people can sleep like 5 hours and feel rested LOL

    Lindsey Elyse | lindseyginge

    • Stacey says:

      I write in a physical journal but the Bliss gratitude journal does help a lot since it helps guide you and think about the positive things in your life so I love it for that 😀
      Hahha before I wasn’t able to get in that music sleep so I always envied people like you who knew how to disconnect and get good rest!

  3. Ramya says:

    Some great tips to keep motivated & stay positive. Great blog post!


  4. Lyndsay says:

    Loved this post, I have been going through a stressful time recently so I need to take some of your tips onboard! Especially love the Gratitude journal.


    • Stacey says:

      I’ve been on the same boat and it can take a real toll on you. A journal will really help you in so many ways, I hope you try it out girl!

  5. Lauren says:

    Love this post! I’m definitely going to try some of these out!

    xo Lauren

  6. Ileana says:

    These are such great ideas! I have never heard of a gratitude journal, and it sounds so interesting!


  7. Cynthia says:

    Hi Stacy,
    what a great post especially for people going through a stressful time! i had never heard of a gratitude journal before and i think now its a must to keep up with the positive vibes <3



  8. myvoguestyle says:

    This is one on the best post I have read today, I have su many problems letting negativity out of my life and you just helped me. Thank you!

    Camila | http://www.myvoguestyle.com

  9. I cannot agree more with these tips! There should be no room for negativity!

    – Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

  10. Jeanne says:

    Brilliant tips Stacey! I love the idea of a gratitude journal. Currently working on personal development a lot too so your post is really appreciated!;)

    • Stacey says:

      Awesome! Even when we don’t think we need it it’s good to try these things out. We might just discover it makes our lives even better!

  11. Great post! Can’t agree more! x


  12. I really love the idea of the gratitude journal – what a fab idea xx

    Gemma ♥ | Miss Makeup Magpie

  13. Michèle says:

    what a wonderful list! will definitely keep this in mind!

  14. Dominique says:

    This is such a lovely post, I LOVE the idea of a gratitude journal! xx


  15. fionnacblog says:

    everyone totally has their off days and that’s ok, but it’s good to have a list like this so we can get out of those days x


  16. Rach says:

    I do the same thing when it comes with negative thoughts! It’s crazy how these 5 simple things make such a difference!


    • Stacey says:

      True! I admit there are times when I still get negative especially when my anxiety kicks in, but for the most part these steps really have made a huge difference 🙂

  17. Zarrah says:

    I love this inspirational post.
    Being positive thinking is a hard work
    I love all your tips

    Have a great day!

  18. Nerdy Maria says:

    I try to make my mind not wonder about the future stress. It really helps to stop overthinking and just be positive in general. Also, getting enough sleep is a huge factor too. Just like taking care of our health 🙂

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    • Stacey says:

      I think we all kind of mess with our head when we think too much about everything and not just live in the moment. I love your posts so if you ever do one similar to this I would love to read about it!

  19. This post was so nice to read – thank you for sharing!

    I love to keep a journal and have done so for the past ten years, its so nice to look back through everything and see your personal growth and accomplishments over a period of time, I also love listing what I have gratitude for at the end of each day. This year I started doing a lot of yoga and meditation too.

    Allegra xx


    • Stacey says:

      I’m glad to meet another journaler! Wow that’s amazing to be doing that for 10 years! I hope I can keep up with it like you have because it had already made a world of a difference. It’s like the non-judgmental best friend who will always be there for you lol

  20. kathlynkale says:

    Reading keeps me in a positive mindset. Whenever I feel stressed or frustrated, I just go in my room, grab a book to read, and feel better after about an hour. Love this post!

    Kathlyn | https://kathlynskorner.wordpress.com/

  21. Augustin Ra says:

    Couldn’t agree more. I’ve been doing the above steps lately and it releases all my stress and worries. Keep it up! 🙂

    • Stacey says:

      Thanks! I would have loved to add in meditation but well I haven’t gotten to that point of enlightenment where I can escape my thoughts, but hopefully someday (:

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