There are plenty of different ways people work on renewing their mind on a daily basis. There’s meditation, long walks outdoors, taking a break from social media—the list is endless. But if you’ve tried them all and need a little extra help, you’re in the right place.
Kristianna George, an Atlanta-based health and wellness coach, says sometimes you have to get out of your own way in order to be your best self, and that’s why she shared some powerful tricks on how to do just that during a recent webinar for Ten Spot. Here’s how you can renew your mind and see things in a more positive light.
3 Ways to Renew Your Mind
Balance Your Thoughts
If you notice a negative thought, George says to find a positive thought you can hold onto and believe. Sometimes that can be hard—especially when you’re feeling really down. That’s why it’s always nice to have a pre-made list ready to go. “Build a bank of positive thoughts so you can pull them out whenever you need them,” she says. Then the next time you think something negative, read a few of those positive thoughts to balance things out.
Practice Learned Optimism
George says learned optimism is all about looking at an experience in another light from another perspective with a new lens. “Imagine you’re walking around with purple-colored sunglasses. Everything is purple, so you believe everything is purple,” George says. “If you take the sunglasses off and look at things from another perspective, you’ll see everything isn’t purple.” The next time something is bothering you, take a step back and try to see it differently.
Personify the Negative Voice
According to George, we all have very loud inner critics… and, unfortunately, we often believe what that inner critic is saying to us. “With any negative thought that you have, question if you want to believe it. And if you don’t, start to personify this negative voice. By personifying, you’re detaching from that voice,” she says. One way to personify your inner critic is to give it a name. One of George’s clients decided to call her inner negative voice Sharron. That way, whenever it popped up, she could say, “Ugh, that’s Sharron’s voice speaking again”—not her own.