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“Positive anything is better than negative nothing.” – Elbert Hubbard
Negative emotions can be all-consuming. We’ve all been there before. You’re down in the dumps – maybe you had a bad day at work. Maybe you’ve recently suffered a loss. Perhaps you’ve gotten a bad grade on an exam. Or may be, your family doesn’t understand you. And you can’t stop thinking about it.
This is what’s so terrible about negative emotions. When you feel bad, you think about what made you feel bad – negativity reinforces itself. We have a tendency to obsess over mistakes and think about bad situations – even when we know it won’t help.
So in this article, we’ve put together three entirely simple ways that you can channel your negative emotions into positive thoughts – and break the cycle of obsession that can lead to a poor mental state.
1. Stop Complaining – And Look For Solutions
When something goes wrong in your life, try focusing on the solution rather than the problem.
Being proactive and looking for a solution to your problems is the perfect way to channel your negative emotion into a positive action – and help your mental state. The energy you would have spent feeling awful can instead be used to find a solution to your problem.
Even if you can’t “fix” a negative situation you are in, looking for a solution will help you realize this – and if there’s no solution for your problem, there’s no reason to obsess about it! You can move on – and release that negative energy.
2. Surround Yourself With Positivity
An excellent way to break the cycle of negativity is by not allowing it to thrive. Negative emotions are fed by negativity – just as positive emotions are fed by positivity. If you surround yourself with positive people, ideas, and situations, your negativity will be starved of the food that it needs to survive – and you’ll have no choice but to start thinking positively.
So surround yourself with positive friends, family, and coworkers – open up to those around you and let them help you. When you are in this positive environment, you would be shocked at how quickly you begin to release your negative emotions.
3. See Every Challenge As An Opportunity
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Most often, the biggest successes come to us right after our biggest failures. For instance, check out how Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey and Warren Buffet experienced huge failures and how they overcame them.
The final way to channel your negative energy into a more positive mindset is by changing the way you think – and by viewing your toughest challenges as your greatest opportunities. If you are confronted with a problem and only think about how difficult it is or impossible it will be to overcome, you will never be in a positive mindset – and you will struggle to overcome the challenges that life throws at you.
Instead, you must see every challenge as an opportunity to prove yourself. If you believe in yourself, you can take on anything – and by seeing life’s greatest struggles as an opportunity to grow and thrive, you can drive back negativity, and ensure that you have a positive mindset that can help you through even the most difficult of times.
Follow These Simple Methods – And Improve Your Mindset!
If you find yourself resisting to the above suggestions, remember this:
“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein
These three simple methods for channeling negative emotions into positive thoughts can be a great help – whether you’re struggling in school, having difficulties at work, or even just working through some personal problems. So follow these simple tips, rid yourself of negative energy, and feel the mood-boosting effects of positive thinking.
And if you’re interested in discussing these techniques and more, try connecting with like-minded people on Paralign – you can talk about your feelings anonymously with others just like you!