Are you trying to find true happiness but feel like negative thoughts and emotions are holding you back? Time to take positive action!
Here are five toxic thoughts you should try to eliminate and some counter-strategies to increase your happiness instead:
- “I’ll always be alone.” Feeling lonely and isolated is normal, but thinking that this will always be the case can be toxic. Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, think about what you do have – loving friends, family, and coworkers.
- “I hate my body.” Obsessing over imperfections can be a toxic thought that leads to self-esteem issues. Instead, focus on the things you like about your body and celebrate them.
- “I’m not happy with my career.” It’s okay to not love your job, but thinking about how much you hate it is a toxic thought. Instead, pursue your passions for a new career without anger and resentment.
- “I’m not worthy.” Feeling that you’re not worthy of love or success can be a toxic thought that stops you from enjoying life. Instead, recognize that these feelings of worthlessness are only in your mind, and try congratulating yourself on the things you do right.
- “I don’t have enough.” Feeling that you don’t have enough of something can be toxic, whether it’s money, friends, or possessions. Instead, take time to appreciate what you do have and be thankful for it.
Toxic thoughts can be hard to get rid of, but it’s important to try. When you notice these thoughts arise, try to switch to more positive ones, meditate, or repeat affirmations. With consistent effort, you’ll find that things start to work out for you more often.