Letting it go is hard to do. But if you want to live a happy life, it’s essential you at least try to let things go. So here are 6 effective ways to move on and find inner peace.
When negative thoughts start to spiral out of control in your mind, it can feel as though there is no way out.
- It’s tough to stop thinking about an ex – or the loss of any loved one
- And it’s a struggle to stop beating yourself about a business or money mistake
- Plus, it’s even hard to stop feeling bad about overeating something
Admittedly, it’s a challenge to get out of a “Negative Thought Loop.”
But in truth, there is no benefit to obsessing about things which hurt you. Thinking the same negative thoughts over (and over) simply keeps you feeling sad, upset – stuck.
You must let things go…
If you want to be happy, you need to develop helpful coping mechanisms to move on from negative thoughts.
Here are 6 smart strategies to let go of upsetting thoughts and emotions – so you can get back on track with enjoying all the good things in your life.
6 Effective Ways To Let Things Go and Move On
1. Refocus Your Mind
It’s important to shift your focus when you’re stuck on a negative thought.
Basically, you need to break free from your “Negative Thought Loop”!
Here’s a fun trick for refocusing and letting thing go.
(This tool has been researched to work – in a study done at Penn State University.
Make a negativity appointment with yourself.
- Tell yourself you’re allowed to think negative things at a later time – like 5:30pm. Then refocus your mind on something else.
Why it works:
- If you know you’re allowed to spend time obsessing about something – at a later time – then you’re more likely to let things go for a little bit. Best of all, when your negativity appointment swings around at 5:30pm, you might not be in the mood to obsess at all!
Note: This one of the many research based stress reducing tools I offer in my video course The Anxiety Cure.
2. Get in Touch With Nature
There is nothing more soothing to the soul than experiencing nature and all of its wonders.
Studies consistently report that spending time in nature is helpful for your mental health.
3 ideas for spending time in nature:
- Invest in some Little Peckers wild bird food – so you feel more connected to the tiny feathery creatures in your backyard.
- Borrow a dog for the day to help ease your anxiety. Or visit a zoo, wild life sanctuary, dog park or pet shop and spend some time around animals.
- Simply go outside and breathe in the fresh air. Kaput. Just being outside in the sunshine is good for the soul.
3. Get Active
- Move your body.
- Play tennis
- Head to a dance class.
Being active is an excellent way to let things go, reduce anxiety and trigger positive endorphins.
In fact, you will be surprised at how quickly you forget about your issues when you are exercising regularly.
4. Talk it Out
Don’t keep your emotions bottled up inside you.
Your negative thoughts will simply wind up playing on (and on) inside of your mind – spiraling into an unhealthy way of thinking.
Sometimes you just need to talk about something.
Not to get sympathy – or even help.
But just to kill its power, by allowing the truth of things to hit the air.
So…speak to a friend or family member you trust. Or set up a therapy session with a professional.
Chances are you’ll find that talking it out will help you in letting it go.
5. Eliminate The Trigger
If you know someone or something is making you feel anxious, then what is stopping you from eliminating the trigger?
- Hide or throw away photos and objects which remind you of someone.
- Stop walking or driving a specific route if it sets off a trigger.
It might take a little bit of time to motivate yourself to make these changes. But you can let go of a lot of negativity if you make sure you’re not constantly reminding yourself about the things which get you upset.
6. See the Bright Side
Try not to let your emotions get the better of you
Try to find a gain in your pain. Dig around and discover an awesome life lesson learned.
One truly helpful tool to become more positive: Keep a gratitude journal.
Every day write down all the wonderful things in your life which you appreciate.
You won’t have room for negativity to play in your mind, if you’re filling up your thoughts with lots of good things to be grateful about!
Note: Here’s a particularly helpful gratitude journal – with happiness prompters.
Start Letting It Go… today!
Try out some of these letting it go techniques mentioned above.
Soon you will let go of your emotional pain – and feel greater inner peace.
Get more tactics for letting it go.
- Stop negative self talk
- Enjoy more restful sleep
- Start your day feeling positive and confident
- Stop overwhelm at work – so you can be more productive
- Plus much more…
Think happier. Think calmer.
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