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4 Ways to Combat Negativity

December 26, 2017

Are you constantly bombarded with negativity? Is it starting to affect your physical, mental, and spiritual health? If so, you can take mindful steps to find inner peace.

Listed below are four types of negativity that you can conquer.

  • Negative thoughts. We can be our own worst enemies. We doubt ourselves, we focus on our shortcomings, we concentrate on our flaws, and we overlook all the good and beauty within us. Self-love can be a hard to cultivate, but with mindful meditation, it is possible to banish your negativity. Reflecting on what has triggered these negative thoughts and emotions can help you deal with the root cause of your problem. Meditating when you start to experience negative thoughts and mentally replacing those harsh words with kinder ones can also help you cultivate self-love.
  • Negative words and images. We are what we consume—and this doesn’t just apply to food. The books we read, the music we listen to, and the movies that we watch deeply impact us on a subconscious level. If you are experiencing self-doubt or self-hatred re-examine the words and images that you surround self with every day. For instance, if you’re experiencing body image issues, constantly listening to music or watching movies that feature “fat shaming” can greatly impact your self-esteem. Instead, surround yourself with supportive words and images on body-positive blogs and websites.
  • Negative people. When our friends and family are constantly negative it can weigh down our mindfulness. Even if they aren’t being negative about us, their pessimistic attitude can rub off on us and keep us from being optimistic and mindful. If a negative person is constantly bombarding you the best solution is to help this person find some peace. Being their shoulder to cry on and helping them find the positive aspect of a stressful situation could help them find a more mindful path in life. 
  • Negative situations. We don’t have control over what the universe throws our way. It’s our job to turn lemons into lemonade and make the most of what comes across our path. If you find yourself in a difficult situation, sit down and try to map out how this unexpected event can bring about something positive in your life, whether it’s life lessons or new skills. Surround yourself with positive people and things that feed your soul. Whether it’s your grandmother, an inspirational book, or a beloved pet, you can create a spiritual armor that can keep your heart shielded from the challenges ahead of you.
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