The challenge of overcoming negativity

By Anne Welsh – Founder and CEO Painless Universal
July 2nd, 2020

In 2013, a ground-breaking study by the Institute of Psychology, Health and Society on 30,000 people was released concluding that continuing to dwell on negative life events can be a prime predictor of common mental health problems. The study found that, the way a person thinks about, and deals with, stressful often traumatic events is as much an indicator of the level of stress and anxiety they feel.

That is why at Painless Universal we want to share with you some of the most common indicators that you are experiencing negativity in your life so you can move to embracing a positive attitude.

You are feeling down: The extent of negative feelings can go from anger, frustration, irritability, to even anxiety and depression, passing through many other feelings, none of them pleasant.

You see physical changes: As the body lowers its defences, as negativity subtracts from our energy it’s easier to see oneself less attractive and not care for our physical needs. This can manifest itself in the form of eating disorders to a neglect of how we bathe and dress.

You shut-out opportunities that can advance your life: By locking oneself away from interaction with society that would allow possibilities that could forward and benefit our lives, instead when we are in a negative state we cannot seem to attract those elements that would make our lives advance. Rather we attract the circumstances that support us in thinking something is wrong, and we simply get stuck and stop moving our lives forward.

I see my attitude has a negative effect on others. Have you ever wondered how you may be affecting other people because of the way you feel? You could be making others feel the same way when you are wrapped in your own negative thoughts. Stay alert to the common signs of dismissiveness, being grumpy towards everyone, not showing others compassion or empathy……..the list is long.

Finally, I announce It’s a waste of time! Capitulation is the final result of feeling negative. You have lost the ability to tell yourself that there are good days ahead and with it the capacity to see through the fog of self-loathing.

Simply put, by thinking negative, we have attracted negative emotions and events, and everything seems to go wrong. The realisation is obvious is that it’s much better to think positively, negative thinking doesn’t contribute to our lives; rather it detracts.


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