Taking out the trash (Part 2)
Last week I asked you to pay attention to the thoughts you start your day with. Having this information is really important because it will allow you to make necessary changes.
If you fall into the category of a "trash talker," you aren't alone. In fact, like I said last week, you are in the majority. Most of us are on "defense mode" as soon as we wake up. Whether it's feeling overwhelmed about the day ahead, rehashing something from the past, beating ourselves up for food choices the day before, not happy with how we look in the mirror, or starting our day yelling at our kids because we're already tired and stressed out - there always seems to be something to throw us off our game! Can you relate to one (or all) of these?
I gave you a tool last week that will help you to rephrase any negative thought that affects how you start your day (but really, this works at any time).
To recap, here's an example of rephrasing: Thought: "I can't believe I ate two bowls of ice cream last night. I have no self-control. There's no hope for me." Although you can't change your behavior from the night before, you can rephrase it. Rephrase: "I made a poor choice last night but I can make better decisions that support my body today." You're not denying what you ate. Instead, you're taking back your power by doing something positive about it!
Another powerful tool to use is gratitude. As soon as your feet hit the ground, get in the habit of thinking about something you are super grateful for: A warm bed to sleep in? A roof over your head? A healthy body? The way your child made you laugh the day before? ANYTHING. This is personal to you so there is literally no wrong thing to be grateful for - you just need to be intentional about it. When you think about something you are grateful for, it's virtually impossible to simultaneously feel negative.
Research has shown we think 60,000-80,000 thoughts a day! That's a lot of "stuff" circulating around in our brains. But, the good news is just because we think something doesn't mean it's true! Let me repeat that. Just because a thought pops into your head does not mean you have to believe it. I don't know about you, but just hearing that is so freeing. So, when you catch a "trash thought" and are able to rephrase it, or choose not to believe it, you have power over the next one. If you don't catch them though, it can cause a cascade of negative thoughts which is really hard to control. Your brain looks for evidence to make whatever you think true. So, set the tone as soon as you can.
If you need another tool to help you, repeat this mantra when you wake up: "I am the boss of my thoughts."
The late Dr. Wayne Dyer famously said:
If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.
So, I'm not telling you to lie, or trick yourself. I'm asking you to look a things from a different perspective and see how that makes a difference. Remember, the thoughts you think create the world around you.
I hope this helps. Please reach out if you need more support or guidance in this area.
Certified Holistic Health Coach
Ali Naglee Wellness
Ali Naglee Wellness
Fayetteville, GA 30215-4839 United States
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