There are many exercises that one can do to start your brain to generate Optimistic thoughts automatically. Each is valid in it’s own right however you may find that some are better suited for you at this moment in time.
Cross-train your brain! An athlete uses various exercises to cross train their muscles and you can do the same with training your brain. These exercises are your component exercises that you can use. We all can become accustomed to doing the same things over and over again whereby we do not pay attention to our routines anymore. Changing up your routine keeps it fresh and interesting and you keep progressing forward. This is the CRITICAL step that very few people talk about and yet it is 100% necessary.
Regularity and consistency is the key to success. Conduct these exercises on a regular basis and will be amazed at how effective they really are! Be gentle with yourself as you progress. There may be days that you think you have reverted to your old habits – rest assured that you did not. It is completely normal to revisit some issues that you thought you got rid of. You likely did not regress as far as you were nor did you stay in the negative mood for an extended period of time like you used to.
When you start on your path to thinking better you are on the path to change your beliefs; beliefs that you have likely had for many years. It may take time to change these deep rooted beliefs. When you start to change your negative thinking to more Optimistic thinking (I call this moving up the Optimistic ladder) notice if you are not “buying in” to these new ways of thinking. When you try to move too far up the Optimistic ladder too quickly, in one step, you may trigger a thought of “ya right – that’s not true”. This is your dismissal mechanism kicking in. When this happens to you then dial back the level of Optimism. Reach for a new thought that is not as high up the ladder.
If for example you are not feeling attractive then reach for a thought referring to something that you do find attractive in your appearance. Perhaps you like your lips or your ears or your arms etc… Once you are focusing on those things that ARE attractive to you, you will then have room for improved thoughts of “I have many attractive qualities” etc… eventually ending up with new beliefs such as “I AM attractive to some people.” to “I AM attractive to many people.” finally ending up with “I AM attractive … both inside and out!”
Don’t just stop when you are feeling a little better – keep going and you will feel better and better every day!
Here are some exercises that you can do on a daily basis…