When life is stressful, and we don’t understand what is going on, and we are confused and fearing the unknown, we can check in with our thinking.And choose thoughts that don’t make us feel worse:)Trust me, I know I can get caught up in the frenzy!This week, when I RAN to Costco to buy toilet paper since I heard the planet was never again going to have toilet paper (and instead I bought over 50 packages of tuna since they were out of T.P.) … I had to check myself!Walking by the news crews and 20 people back in lines at Costco … and I was one of them .. and trying to not touch my shopping cart the entire time!
JUST NOTICEI just noticed … yes I did.Without judging.The last thing I need is to criticize myself! Life will be hard enough without toilet paper!!Here’s what that can sound like:Jeanne, you have the power to think differently.Then I ask myself: Is what I’m thinking true?Is what I am thinking about, worrying about, afraid of … going to happen?
MAYBE IT WILL AND MAYBE IT WON’TThe fact is: Maybe it will and maybe it won’t.If you’re focusing on the worse possible scenario … just kindly catch yourself:)Then, give yourself a big hug and think:I don’t know what will happen and I can handle the unknown.I’ve handled the unknown many times before and I’m still here to talk about it!I don’t focus on the worst.I don’t add to the negative energy.When I’m afraid, I take a deep breathe … and then another.I am safe.We are all in this together.I believe in the power of the human spirit.I’ll focus my attention there.Then … I’ll buy toilet paper next Wednesday.Wishing you an easier week ahead:)
We are all thinking constantly. It’s been measured that humans on average think around 60,000 thoughts a day. So don’t try to run away from them! Instead, practice relaxing with your thoughts while improving their quality.
One way to relax with your thoughts is to notice them without judgment. As we observe ourselves without judgment, we are developing a more loving relationship with ourselves, and tapping into our personal power.
What do you do when the negative, self-doubting, fear-based thoughts keep coming? First, remind yourself that you have the power to think differently. You really do. Then notice what you are thinking about. Just notice without judging. Look at your thoughts as though you are not attached to them.
They are just thoughts and can be changed in any moment.
Then ask yourself if these thoughts are true? Are they? Is what you are thinking about, worrying about … going to happen? Or are you thinking about the worst possible scenario? Over and over again? If you realize your thoughts are false, tell yourself that. “I know such and such isn’t true. I know it probably won’t happen. I’m just afraid it’ll happen.”
Then consciously choose better thoughts.
Thoughts that are worthy of your greatness.
You are a human being capable of unlimited change and growth. Believe that, because it’s true.
And if you don’t believe that yet, tell yourself you are developing your greatness. Because you are. We all are.