Do you have negative thoughts that ruminate in your mind? 


Did you know that it is possible to change your negative thoughts?  


Dr. Amen calls them A.N.T.S. or Automatic Negative Thoughts. He says that Automatic Negative Thoughts (ANTs) can make it difficult to make decisions; lower your self-esteem; strain relationships; and can lead to depression, anxiety, and even anger. 1


Sometimes it can be so overwhelming and you aren’t sure what to do. 


Today we wanted to share 10 things that can do to help you turn those negative thoughts around.


Start Each Day With A Smile

The way you begin your morning sets your entire day in motion. If you welcome the day with good energy and elevated spirits, you’re already one step ahead. Begin each day with gratitude and a smile.  It’s a free action that is worth the world.


And btw, this is the photo of me below from last Tuesday, I was so happy that we got some snow!



Plan Each Day

First, plan your work. Then, work your plan. Enter your day with clearly defined goals and write them down. Go beyond your “to-do” list, however. A better idea is to write how you want to feel, then think of ways to achieve that feeling all day long.


Do you want to feel productive? What actions can you take today to make you believe that you’re making strides in productivity?


Do you want to feel abundant? What can you do today to increase abundance in your life?


Positive thinking is positive feeling.



Focus On What’s Important

Set goals and priorities for yourself. Visualize making your goals a reality. Strategize problem-solving. And concentrate only on what matters.  Leave the rest behind. This way, you can experience favorable results.



Detach From The Outcome

Life is like a Ferris Wheel. Sometimes you’re on top, others, you’re on the bottom.


No matter how lucky you are, there will be times when you’ll give your best effort and things still won’t turn out the way you desire. When this happens, don’t be discouraged or annoyed. Accept it as part of life and move on.


Make sure you create a consistent habit of giving your best effort each time but detach from the result. Focus on what you can control – your actions effort.



Challenge Yourself Often

Keep your mind open to opportunities. See challenges as opportunities to learn new things, test your strength, and grow as a person.


Every problem is a chance to improve who you are. While it may be tempting to stay in your safe zone, you will have more positive outcomes when you do and try new things.


Examples of new things include meeting people from different places, inquiring about the thought process of those who hold opposing viewpoints to yours, and learning new skills that you find difficult.



All Things In Moderation

In our relentless pursuit of happiness, many people fall victim to overindulgence.


Too much of anything yields negative results, and yes, this includes exercise and restrictive eating.  Instead adopt an attitude of moderation, and you stand to have more optimistic perspectives on everything.



Be Realistic

We all have desires. And going after your dreams is one of the best ways to stay motivated and fulfilled in life. However, make sure that what you desire is possible to attain.


Spending energy, hoping for something impossible to manifest only yields disappointment down the line.


For example, if you wish for extra money, make sure you choose a reasonable amount and method of attaining it. Throwing all your efforts into winning the lotto is unrealistic – but starting a side business or updating your resume to get a higher paying position is more likely.


You likely won’t become a millionaire overnight, but with a positive yet realistic attitude, the sky is the limit.



Stay On Top Of Your Health

Keeping a positive mindset is much easier when you are in excellent physical and mental health.


Stay on top of your doctor appointments, seek additional services to maintain your mental health if you need it. If you have any aches and pains, show yourself enough care to get things checked out – you deserve to inhabit a body that works and feels good.


Positive thinking is a result of positive habits. Eat clean, sleep well, drink enough water, and your mindset rises in return.



Love Yourself

Remember, before others will love and adore you, you must love yourself first. Commit to caring for yourself in every way necessary.


Commit to learning, finding fulfilling work, surrounding yourself with quality friends, getting enough exercise and time outdoors, donating time to worthy causes, and engaging in hobbies that bring you joy.


Praise yourself as much as you praise other people. When you look in the mirror, compliment the good things you see. When you build self-confidence and self-love, positive thoughts flow.



Laugh As Much As Possible

Finally, enjoy your life! Have fun. Look at the bright side of everything.


A few laughs and giggles help relieve negative baggage like anxiety, disappointment, nervousness, and fear. Find ways to laugh at everything – even yourself.


Follow these tips regularly, and you’ll be on your way to developing a positive thinking habit that carries you your whole life long.


To your health and wellness, 


Here is the link to Dr. Amens “ANTs Webinar”

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