Toxic thoughts are so harmful that they can affect every aspect of our lives. But with this simple one-week mental detoxification treatment…
With this simple one-week mental detoxification treatment, it is possible to become more positive.
Thinking and reasoning differentiate us from other species and what defines the course of our existence. Neuroscientists say that we have about 60,000 thoughts a day. Most of them are negative, automatic, repetitive, and from the past. We are already so accustomed to this routine of our mind that we do not realize that our brain is contaminated by toxic thoughts.
Unfortunately, this rather annoying internal voice tells us, without respite, sentences like:
- “I am a failure at everything I do”.
- “My mother was right about me.”
- “It makes little sense, it won’t work.”
- “I can’t find my wallet. I’m getting old”
- “He looks angry, I’m sure it’s my fault.”
- “I’m fat and I’ll never lose weight.”
- “I’m not good enough.”
- “I won’t be able to change jobs. There are much better people than me.”
- “I’m ugly and no one will love me”
- “This is going to end badly”
As we can see, toxic thoughts are very harmful and can affect all areas of our lives.
”When negativity is triggered, it becomes a cycle in which negative thoughts reinforce negative emotions, which produce negative actions. If the cycle is not broken, it will inevitably generate a physical and psychological effect on the person experiencing it, even causing general anxiety and depression.”
Changing negative thoughts into positive thoughts is much easier said than done. Toxic thoughts are often the result of our childhood traumas. Other times, they are because of self-esteem problems and we all know that they are not so easy to solve.
However, realizing these thoughts to detoxify your mind and get rid of them can bring real benefits to your body and mind. Below, we have prepared a 7-day action plan that will help you change this “bad programming” and be more positive.
Sunday: write the thoughts of the day in a notebook
The first step to knowing our level of negativity is to realize our thoughts. To do this, you need to write throughout the day some thoughts that arise in your mind and the emotions you feel with each one. This is not a matter of obsessing over your thoughts, but of calmly identifying them. Before the end of the day, read what you have written. Chances are you will be surprised at how many negative sentences you find.
Monday: Live in the moment
Most of our worries, frustrations, and fears are related either to the pain of the past or the uncertainties of the future. And so we forget to live the present intensely. According to psychologists, living in the here and now is an excellent strategy for reducing negativity.
Often toxic thoughts have nothing to do with what is happening in the present. Negativity stems from our concern for the past and the future. But we must keep in mind that the past cannot be rewritten and the future never happens. Only the present moment is real.
Tuesday: change a negative thought to a positive one
Now that you have realized your toxic thoughts, it is time to exercise your mind to change this pattern. So today you need to be aware of what is going on in your mind and try to change every negative thought into a positive thought or positive experience from the past. If, for example, you are thinking “my partner doesn’t love me anymore”, try to remember something good that you experienced together, such as an unforgettable trip, a special day, something your partner told you and you liked. It is likely that this simple practice will generate well-being and prevent negative thinking from gaining strength and growing.
Wednesday: Practice mindfulness meditation
Mindfulness Meditation is a Buddhist mental training practice that helps us to slow down the speed of our thoughts, put aside negativity, and calm our mind and body. Mindfulness techniques may vary, but it involves focusing on the breath to realize our being. Here, no props or preparation is required. To begin with, all you will need is a quiet, comfortable place to sit and five minutes of free time. If you get carried away by your thoughts, observe where your mind has gone, without overwhelming or judging you, and focus on your breathing.
Thursday: go for a digital detoxification treatment
New digital technologies dominate our lives. According to a study by Hootsuite and We Are Social, on a global average, we spend 6 hours and 42 minutes online per day, which translates into 100 days per year spent surfing the Internet. But the digital hyper connection has many negative consequences. The main ones are :
- Increased stress levels;
- Problems in face-to-face social relationships;
- Lack of attention;
- Poor time management
Going through a digital detox brings many benefits, including privacy, improved quality of personal relationships, increased sense of reality, increased attention levels, etc.
Achieving this step is not that easy, but you can start by muting WhatsApp groups, reducing the time spent on social networks, or setting a time to turn off the phone and disconnect completely.
Friday: Tidy up your home and workspace
I can’t think of a dirty and messy environment. Science shows that living in an orderly environment improves our mood and general well-being.
”When your home is tidy and clean, you have no choice but to examine your inner state, Marie Kondo.”
Saturday: dedicate this day to enjoyable activities.
Life is difficult and to live it better, we need happy moments. During today’s day, you can go out with your friends, cook something different, go to the beach or the mountains, take a relaxing bath, read a good book, enjoy your partner or even do nothing at all.
A happy day full of small pleasures will take away negative thoughts and activate creativity.
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