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Why Positivity Can Be The Best Defense Against Your Demons

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We all have our own inner demons, such as doubt, insecurity, low-self esteem, or a drive to reach perfection – just to name a few. Inherently, it feels impossible to shake them – but there is hope! The number one course of action to eliminate them forever is to channel the power of positivity. Our mindset affects the choices we make and how we perceive life in general. Therefore, the best line of defense is to utilize positivity in our minds.

This is why positivity can be the best defense against your demons:

1. You stop seeing tunnel vision

Negativity is very limiting. When trapped by it, you only focus on unfavorable circumstances in the present moment as opposed to the possibilities of a better future, the bigger picture, or the bright side of a situation. When you start to think positively, your mind stops limiting itself to perceiving a negative and most-likely, distorted reality. Here, we’re able to see things for what they actually are, not just what we believe them to be. We also learn to stop associating ourselves with strictly negative traits and actually take a step back to view ourselves in our entirety, which is comprised of both good and flawed qualities, not just one or the other.

2. It improves your overall health

Positivity affects both emotional and physical well-being and health. Emotionally, positivity prevents the symptoms of depression and anxiety and is a natural stress-reducer. In regards to the physical improvements, your immune system becomes less susceptible to sickness and disease since positive thinking triggers a stronger immune response. Furthermore, this also promotes better cardiovascular health. As a result, when both our mind and body are sound, we feel our best and are more inclined to make decisions that make us happy and healthy, not harmful like excessively criticizing or hurting ourselves.

3. Positivity leads to emotional resilience

Obstacles stop feeling paralyzing with a positive mindset because believing in the best of things, despite the circumstances, helps you to overcome adversity. Negativity cages you in a self-victimizing mindset, which will make you less likely to take action or responsibility for yourself. When one faces difficult situations in their life with positivity rather than negativity, they develop emotional resilience, learn to use healthier coping mechanisms, and take lessons away from the situation rather than simply complain or feel helpless about it.

4. It encourages productivity

Negativity inherently drains your energy, but positivity increases it. Consequently, this propels you to take more action and put more effort into your obligations in the work or school place. Positivity stimulates brain activity which leads to stronger cognitive function and attention span, which propels you to finish tasks and get things done more efficiently. In other words, you feel eager to accomplish goals one after the other which can translate into your personal life!

5. Naturally attracts you to positive people

We attract what we are, and that is especially significant in the types of relationships we have in life. When you’re positive, others with a similar thought-process will gravitate towards you. Respectively, this leads to you creating a genuine social circle as well as a reliable support system. Positive people bounce off each other’s energy and uplift one another, not berate or put each other down. Sometimes, the fact that you have a solid group of loved ones with positive attitudes can completely put your demons at rest since they will always remind you that there’s more to you than your flaws.

Conclusion

At the end of the day, positivity will always be the best defense against your demons. It reminds you to think of a better future and improves your overall emotional and physical well-being. Positivity can even disprove therapy myths that would otherwise make you skeptical of changing one’s mindset. At first, it may seem that positivity may seem like a pseudo-inspirational concept, but it annihilates that belief by singlehandedly being the most significant element in a person can welcome into their life, mind, and heart because it changes the way they experience life overall.

Author’s Bio

Trevor is a freelance writer and recovering addict & alcoholic who’s been clean and sober for over 5 years. Since his recovery began, he has enjoyed using his talent for words to help spread treatment resources and addiction awareness. In his free time, you can find him working with recovering addicts or outside enjoying almost any type of fitness activity imaginable.

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Self-Awareness Exercises For Happiness And Success

Self-Awareness Exercises For Happiness And Success

While most people are familiar with the term “self-awareness”, how many really know what it means?  And even more importantly, how many people understand how vital possessing self-awareness is living a successful, happy life?  The truth is that success in life, whether it be an emotional success, material success or career success, is largely a product of how we respond to the various external dilemmas or situations we find ourselves in.  Having a persistent loop of negative or irrational thoughts running through your head can lead to a variety of destructive habits, that if left unchecked, could send your life way of course or into a dark downward spiral.

Fortunately, self-awareness allows you to identify any thought patterns and recognize the problems they’re causing you in your day-to-life.  As a result, you’ll suddenly find yourself much more at ease while at the same time making smarter decisions that will lead to greater success in life.

Here are some exercises to improve your self-awareness:

1) Verbalize Your Feelings

All too often, people reduce their emotional state to one of two choices, “sad” or “happy”.  However, emotions are more complicated than that and if not properly understood, have the power to seriously mess with your behavior and physical health.

Articulating your thoughts and feelings is a form of therapy for your mind.  It stops your thoughts from racing around in chaos and allows you to step back and calmly assess what’s bothering, why it’s bothering you, and what you can or can’t do about it.

The real beauty of doing this, though, isn’t that you’ll necessarily discover a solution right away, but rather that it eliminates the ‘monster in the closet’ feeling caused by a restless mind.  Developing an emotional vocabulary allows you to objectively examine your thoughts and feelings in the same way you might examine your car that’s having an issue.  You can calmly look at it and assess what’s wrong without being stressed, emotionally confused or depressed.

2)  Go Three Levels Deep

If you’re about to make a decision, you want to ask yourself why.  This will start to clarify things for you and you can then go a level deeper and ask “why” to your first answer.  Do it again to your second answer and then you’ll have a solid foundation for your reasoning which will allow you to feel more confident about what you end up doing.

Knowing and understanding your reasons for doing things is a big part of self-awareness.  It makes you cognizant of your own behavior and allows you to give a thoughtful response if you have to justify it to yourself or anyone else.

3)  Desensitize Yourself To Visceral Reactions

Ever know anyone who’s constantly in a hyper-emotional state where everything is either the greatest thing ever or the worst thing ever?

These people have little to no self-awareness and live their lives going from one knee-jerk reaction to the next.

Self-awareness reduces the impact of visceral reactions.  It puts you in a state-of-mind where you don’t get overwhelmed by a rush of emotion and can objectively assess a situation and respond in a rational, constructive way.

So when an upsetting situation occurs – or when you think about a particular type of upsetting situation – stay calm and ask yourself why you’re having this response.  This lets you assess what’s happening and reduces or eliminates the feeling that you have no emotional control.  From there you can objectively think about what your best response, or non-response, would be.

4)  Think About What You’re Saying To Yourself

Whether we’re aware of it or not, we’re always thinking.  If that thinking turns into an endless loop of negative self-talk, the consequences can be quite destructive.

So during a tough or stressful situation, be mindful of the types of thoughts that go through your head.  Likewise, keep tabs on what you’re saying to yourself when things are going well.  Self-awareness allows us to monitor the negative or positive feedback loops that our minds create so we can then make the adjustments we need to feel happier and stay productive.

The key is to talk to yourself in a way that helps you to be motivated and challenges you, while at the same time staying away from self-talk that’s irrational or catastrophic in nature.

5)  Question Your View Point

It might not sound therapeutic, but thinking over a viewpoint that goes against what you believe can actually have tremendous mental health benefits.  If you do find flaws in your reasoning, then you’ll be wiser for it.  However, if your beliefs hold up, then you’ll have now battle tested them and feel that much more confident.

Additionally, playing devil’s advocate is a workout for your mind as processing and making sense of contrasting information actually sparks new neural pathways.

6)  Practice Reflection

It’s one thing to have a negative, erratic thought or two, but if these types of thoughts are constantly swirling through you mind you’re going to have a tough time finding consistent happiness and success.  By reflecting on your thought process you can determine how strong or weak your level of self-awareness is.  Do this by setting daily, or even hourly, milestones for yourself where you look back and evaluate your thoughts for the given time period.  From there you can assess how well you’ve done and determine what your goal(s) should be for tomorrow.

7)  Meditate

A cornerstone for developing one’s self-awareness, meditation is the process of focusing on a simple or mundane task (ex. focusing on your breathing) that allows you to pay attention to the thoughts going through your mind.  As you progress, you’ll get better and better at blocking out or extinguishing negative/ obsessive thoughts which will immensely improve your happiness and concentration.

Conclusion

If you chronically feel like you have little or no control of what’s happening around you, or struggle not to fall into destructive funks, constructive self-talk can significantly improve your mindset and life.  By applying and sticking to the exercises listed above, you’ll be surprised at just how quickly you reap the benefits both mentally and physically, while at the same time, unlocking levels of success you never before thought possible.

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About the Author

Daniela McVicker is an author, psychologist and freelance blogger. She believes that success depends on knowing the ideas that allow you to manage and master the universe of information. You can follow Daniela on Twitter or add her on Facebook

A Letter to Myself with Positive Thoughts

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Find below a letter to myself with positive thoughts – positive thoughts I say to myself.

A Letter to Myself with Positive Thoughts

Hi, my name is Elena and I am the founder of Positive Words Research.

Here are some positive things I say to myself:

Hope:  Eventually things work out.

Blessed Joy:  You are now blessed with Joy, Loving-kindness, Gratitude, Appreciation and Well-being.

Fabulous:  Something fabulous is happening now somewhere in the world. I wonder what?

Light:  ☀️ There is only light and lack of light.

Luck:  🍀 Luck favors the prepared mind.

Self-love:  I love myself. Yes completely.

Love: I love people, but people super love me.

Alive, Success, Chances:   Yes you can have success. As long as you are alive, your success chances are, in anything you want, no doubt about it, above 0%. Only when you will be dead, your success chances will decrease to 0%. But I always say: because God is having my back, my success chances are close to 1 million %.

Happiness, Connect, Appreciation, Awareness:   If you cannot contribute to the happiness of a person, at least appreciate it, do not put effort to decrease it so that after, you ask forgiveness. Connecting with someone is not as important as the happiness of another. Anyway, we are all already connected. Allow people to be happy and practice the art of appreciation. And if you want to connect, connect to appreciate. Don’t be afraid to give feedback but give it using appreciation. And something else, appreciation comes from awareness.

Safe:   It is safe to open my heart and connect with others.

Gift:  I am a gift to the world.

Acceptance:  I accept myself unconditionally and fully.

Self-forgiveness:  I forgive myself for everything from my past, present and future. I consider that I am forgiven by all other people, life and God.

Abundance:  We live in heaven on Earth. Abundance is everywhere on Earth. Awareness and choice in the present moment make me realize this truth.

Loving-kindness:  Love is loving-kindness. Loving-kindness is kindness. Therefore love is always kindness. All that is not kindness, is not love.

God:  God is everything, including me.

Heart:   I connect with my heart and with the hearts of other people alive now on Earth. Billions of hearts beating in the same time. Including mine.

Enough: I am always enough. Every day I am enough, regardless of my health, successes, happiness level, wealth, thoughts.

Let-go:  I let-go of everything until today. There are all only concepts.

Well-being:   There is only a river of well-being pouring over me at all times.

Happiness:   I am happiness.

Health:   I love my body. I bless it with pure love and light. Health is my wealth.

Grateful:  I am grateful for the air I breath now.

Life:   Only because I exist now and breath in this world I have done my work. I am my purpose and I am already here.

Relief:  No matter what happens in a day, as long as I live, the end is always the same. I go to sleep.

Positivity:   I am for positivity, not against negativity. I allow everything to exist. I am not God, just a part of Him, doing work in my part, adding energy to the things I love, that inspire me, make me feel alive. I have this right, because I am here.

Contrast, Life, Perfect: I appreciate the contrast of life. For example people say I am not perfect but I AM PERFECT. And so are they, but they say they’re not. If I would tell them what else I AM… hmmm they would probably… be happy for me

Love:  Stay in love vibration.

Trust:  Trust yourself – you can do this. There is no way you can fail unless you choose to not show up, or choose to not do the work.

Given:  I’ve already been given everything.

Grateful, Precious:   I am grateful for myself, I am a human precious for the entire universe.

Future:  Whatever I’m thinking about is literately like planning a future event. – from Abraham-Hicks

Money:  It’s the other way around. Money is constantly striving to get me. – from wellbeingalignment.com/law-of-abundance. I get paid for being me. – from Christie Marie Sheldon. Pay myself first. More moneyis coming to me every day.

Ease:  I receive abundance and prosperity because of my ease.

Intent:  Today, no matter where I’m going and no matter what I’m doing, it is my dominant intent to see that which I am wanting to see. – from Abraham-Hicks

Meditation:  Sleep is the best meditation. – from Dalai Lama IVX.   Meditation is relaxation.

Unpleasant:  When something is unpleasant I say to myself: Everything creating this delete, uncreate and distory throughout all time, space and reality. – from Christie Marie Sheldon.

Realism:  Remember that realism is nothing but a socially acceptable form of pessimism. – from Vishen Lakhiani

Positive words:  Focus on positive words by researching them and you will feel amazing and always find the answers that you are looking for.

Connecting the dots:  You cannot connect the dots looking forward. You can only connect the dots looking backwards.

Heart:  Follow the desire of your heart! When you follow the desire of your heart, everything else shows up.

Life:  Why? For more Life. This is the reason why all happens. For more growth of life.

Success:  FOCUS / DECIDE / FOLLOW THROUGH

Deserve:  I so deserve happiness and abundance. We all do. I allow this energy. Easy and happy actions. Rewarding actions.

Faith:   The universe has the facility to orchestrate circumstances and events to accommodate everyone. – from Abraham – Hicks

Life:  FOCUS ON BUILDING A LIFE.

Fun:   I am here on Earth to have a lot of love and fun.

Thoughts:  Negative thoughts are weak. A single positive thought is stronger than 1000 negative thoughts.

Inspiring Thoughts: