12 Days of Positivity - How to express gratitude even during challenging times

By Life Skills Group

Published 30 November 2023 05.59 AM

There is not a single human being on planet earth who doesn't question themselves sometimes. It's normal to have doubts. But negative thoughts can be like a dark cloud casting a shadow over our lives. They can weigh us down, hinder our progress, and even impact our wellbeing.

However, with the right strategies and a bit of personal motivation, we can learn to transform these negative thoughts into positive experiences. In this blog, we'll explore various techniques to help you shift your perspective and adopt a more constructive mindset.

Welcome to our seasonal blog post, here are the 12 Days (strategies) Of Positivity


1. Recognise Negative Thoughts

The first step in turning negativity around is to become aware of it. Pay attention to your inner dialogue and identify the negative self-talk patterns.

Are you constantly criticizing yourself, doubting your abilities, or expecting the worst?

By recognizing these negative thoughts, you can start to challenge and change them..."not today, oh no, not today!"


2. Challenge Negative Thoughts

Use the "not today" mantra to re-train your mind because many negative thoughts are not rooted in reality. They are often based on assumptions, fears, or past experiences you been through that may not be relevant now. We are shaped mentally by the lives we have lived.

If things start negatively, question the validity of these thoughts. Ask yourself, "Is this thought based on facts, or is it a product of my imagination?" Challenging negative thoughts can help you break free from their grip.


3. Practice Mindfulness

Mindfulness techniques can be incredibly helpful in reducing negative thinking. Mindfulness involves staying in the present moment and avoiding thinking back on past mistakes or future worries. Easier said than done we know, but techniques like meditation, deep breathing, and body scans can help you stay grounded and maintain a positive mindset.


4. Cognitive Restructuring

Cognitive restructuring is a powerful technique that involves replacing negative thoughts with more rational and positive ones. For example, if you catch yourself thinking, "I'm a failure," reframe it as, "I faced a challenge, and I'm learning from it."

It takes some effort but by changing your thought patterns, you can start to see the silver lining in difficult situations and realise that things aren't often as bad as they seem.


5. Actively Look for Solutions

Rather than dwelling on the problem, shift your focus to finding solutions. Looking for a way to solve your problems is a cathartic step toward improving your situation because negative thoughts often keep you stuck in the issue, while seeking solutions empowers you to take action.

When you actively work on resolving problems, you not only reduce negativity but also build confidence and resilience. You can do this! 


6. Positive Self-Talk

Grat Be your own champion and replace self-criticism with self-compassion.

Speak to yourself in a kind and supportive manner, just as you would to a friend or loved one. By practicing positive self-talk, you can boost your self-esteem and foster a more optimistic outlook.


7. Gratitude & Growth Practice

Reflecting on the things you're grateful for is a powerful way to shift your focus from negativity to positivity. It helps you appreciate the good in your life and recognize the positive experiences and relationships you have.

For example, people who practice gratitude often view failures and setbacks as valuable learning opportunities. Instead of dwelling on what went wrong, consider what you can gain from the experience. Be grateful you get a chance to make mistakes and improve them. By adopting this growth-oriented perspective, you can turn adversity into personal development.


8. Surround Yourself with Positivity

The company you keep has a significant impact on your mindset. Sometimes we have to realise some people don't want to see us thrive and as difficult as those decisions are it can be best to move on. Try to spend time with positive and supportive people who can help you see the brighter side of life. Positivity is contagious, and being around optimistic individuals can inspire you to adopt a more positive perspective.


9. Focus on Self-Care or Get Help

Taking care of your physical and emotional well-being is crucial for maintaining a positive mindset. Prioritize self-care by getting enough sleep, engaging in regular exercise, eating a balanced diet, and participating in activities that bring you joy.

If negative thoughts persist and significantly interfere with your daily life, don't hesitate to seek professional help. A therapist or counselor can provide guidance and support tailored to your specific needs.


10. Journaling & Visualisation

Writing down your negative thoughts and exploring them on paper can help you gain insight into your thought patterns. It provides a space for self-reflection and a way to track your progress in transforming negative thoughts into positive ones.

Practice positive visualisation by imagining yourself succeeding in a particular endeavour. This can boost your confidence and motivation, making it easier to maintain a positive outlook.


11. Celebrate Small Wins

Acknowledge and celebrate even the smallest achievements and victories in your life. This reinforcement of positivity can build self-esteem and encourage a brighter mindset. Didn't hit the snooze button? That's a win. Ran an extra minute on your normal exercise? That's a win. Keep moving forward and acknowledging your efforts. 


12. Forgive Yourself

Lastly, but by no means least, it's essential to let go of past mistakes and forgive yourself for them. Holding onto guilt and self-blame only perpetuates negative thoughts. Embrace the concept of self-compassion and understand that everyone makes mistakes. Love and forgive yourself, particularly during the holiday season. 


In conclusion, turning negative thoughts into positive experiences is a gradual process that requires practice and patience. Setbacks are normal, and it's essential to be kind and patient with yourself as you work on transforming your mindset. Over time, by consistently applying these techniques, you can train your mind to focus on the positive aspects of life and overcome negative thought patterns. Remember, a brighter perspective is within reach, and it starts with your thoughts.


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