Managing negative thoughts

positive thinking

“Our greatest battles are that with our own minds.”~Jameson Frank

Wow!  Isn’t THAT the truth

Self-doubt.  Mistrust.  Skepticism.  Temptation.  I find myself struggling with these constantly.  I try to be an optimistic, trusting, hopeful person.  But, it’s a daily battle against negative forces.  At times, I find myself drifting to thoughts of bad memories and unresolved conflicts. I can feel my heart tighten and my smile turn upside down.  I start feeling the  pain, resentment and anxiety all over again.  Until very recently, I had no way of stopping it from consuming me and everything around me.  It was almost unmanageable.

Almost.

I finally found a way to manage these negative thoughts and replace them with positive ones.  I simply tell myself, “I am a child of God.”  Instantly, I feel the physical stress from these negative thoughts leave my body.  My breathing becomes more relaxed and I make myself think of all that’s good in my life.  There’s a lot that’s good.  I feel protected, defended by it. I am always amazed at the comfort and security that one sentence brings me.

From time to time, we all have negative thoughts that try to keep us from the good and reaching our goals.  How do you manage them?  Leave a comment below.

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2 thoughts on “Managing negative thoughts

  1. Love this post! You reminded me of a lyric in an LDS hymn “I know that my Redeemer lives, what comfort this sweet sentence gives.” Thanks for reminding me that being a child of God matters more than the negativity life tries to throw my way.

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