Sometimes you can’t talk yourself out of anxious or negative thoughts. Of course if you’re feeling a lot of doubt, stress, fear or anxiety, I recommend that you begin to change your thoughts, but sometimes it just doesn’t seem to work. Right? It sucks when that happens.
I used to have a lot of anxiety (read more about my struggle here) and I hated that I couldn’t seem to control how nervous I felt. As I was learning how to deal with my anxiety attacks, I began to try a ton of different strategies to see what would help. I learned that when I couldn’t talk myself out of my anxious, or negative thoughts…I needed to do something. I found a trick that usually helped. As I felt my anxiety increasing, I would drop down and do push ups. I would go until failure, take a quick break and go again. I kept doing them until my arms were absolutely smoked!
That’s where this quote comes into play
“Replace negative thoughts with positive actions.” – Coach Dawn Fletcher
- A phenomenal way to deal with negative (stressful, anxious, doubtful, fearful) thoughts, is to take action. You can always make a move in a more positive direction, by doing something.
- If you feel yourself getting caught up in your thoughts, simply begin to do something. You might start cleaning, do push ups, go on a run with a friend, or pick up the damn bar. Just get moving.
Let this post serve as a reminder, that sometimes we have to think less, and do more.