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How to stop negative thoughts

Having observed my thoughts, behaviors, and habits my whole adult life I truly believe that a good morning routine is the key to a joyful, positive, and purposeful day. Below is a fifteen-minute routine with five simple exercises to get your day off to a great start.

1. Meditation for 5 minutes.

As the Buddhist master, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso wrote “Meditation is a mind that contemplates on a virtuous object and is the real cause of mental peace”. The benefits are reduced stress and worry with increased peace of mind. A simple practice is sitting still, watching your breath without being distracted, and following every thought.

2. Affirmation three minutes.

This practice is one of the most powerful ways to change the way you think about yourself and change your self-talk. Simply repeating a positive sentence in your mind twenty-one times, an example could be: ‘I am enough’

3. Visualisations for three minutes.

All top athletes do this for example sprinters at the start of a race staring down the track, boxers before a fight, golfers before a put. Whatever you conceive and believe you can achieve. Simply join the dots that you want to connect in your day.

4. Gratitude for three minutes.

It is scientifically proven that if you cannot feel anything but joy if you are in a state of gratitude. For me, joy is better than happiness as happiness is reliant on an outcome, or an objective is achieved. In this exercise simply think of all the things in your life you are grateful for.

5. Today’s priorities for one minute.

To be clear on your day and your thinking, stop overwhelm and procrastination and simply write down the three big things you want to achieve today. The benefits of this exercise: You will get them done quicker, you will be less distracted, and you will feel a sense of achievement at the end of the day.

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