How Mindfulness Can Help You Overcome Negative Thinking

by | May 11, 2023 | Mindfulness

Here’s a stunner. We have roughly 50,000 thoughts every single day and, scientists say on average, about 80% of the 50,000 daily thoughts we have are negative. Talk about a busy mind!

The way I see it, these data points represent incredible opportunity as I think about mental and physical wellbeing. Here’s why. We are in control of what and how we think which means have the power to manage negative thoughts AND replace them with positive thoughts. That means, we have the power to change our health and our life, once we understand how and make the choice to practice.

Negative tend to breed more negative thoughts. Ruminating on them sets up a cycle I call “black hole thinking” that pumps up your stress levels and floods your body with cortisol and adrenaline- the “Oh sh** protection mode” chemicals. As a general rule, this is not where you want to be. As the cortisol and adrenaline course through your system, they increase inflammation in your body and hijack your cognition. They also create chemical packages (emotions) like fear, self doubt, cynicism, and panic that cause you to feel depleted, confused, stuck- physically and mentally.

Breaking The Cycle

You can manage negative thoughts by disrupting the cycle and adopting a new thinking pattern. These actions rewire your brain, empower you to be present, healthier and create life enriching possibilities. Replacing negative thoughts with more positive and supportive thoughts is a choice that’s within your control. When your thinking is working for you, your life changes because the lens you use to view the world becomes one of possibilities. 

Here are three steps to get you started:

  1. Step 1: AWARENESS: Become aware of your thoughts and the quality of your thoughts.
  2. Step 2: CURIOSITY: Sit with the thoughts that are negative, scary and uncomfortable. Replace judgement with curiosity. This step helps you understand where your thoughts are coming from, how valid they and how those thoughts are impacting you.
  3. Step 3: INTENTIONALITY: Make a conscious choice to direct your attention. For instance, will you choose to stay with your negative thoughts? Or, will you choose to replace them with more positive and supportive ones that will benefit you and your life?

The Power of Positive Thinking

Meeting your thoughts with awareness, and intentionality is a courageous choice and it takes practice. This is mindfulness in action and it’s well worth the effort. Positive thinking produces the good vibes chemicals like serotonin, dopamine and oxytocin which create balance, harmony, and happiness that support your mental and physical wellbeing.

Mindfulness empowers you to BE WITH your thoughts and observe them without absorbing them which makes it easier to navigate whatever life offers up with more ease, clarity, and acceptance. 

Here are three of the questions I offer my clients who want to start thinking more positively:

  • What’s the root of the negative thought?
  • How is that thought impacting you?
  • What else do you know about it?

I help my clients develop neural pathways through mindfulness based life coaching, that empower them to reset, step into their power and thrive. If you’re ready to change your thinking and your life, let’s talk.

Cole Baker-Bagwell

Master Certified Professional Coach

Recent Posts

Feb 28 2024

How To Start Manifesting Your Dreams And Goals To Change Your Life

This week, I’m connecting you with the power you have to change your life- starting with one...
Feb 21 2024

Feeling Good From The Bottom Up With Andrea Balboni

This week, Andrea Balboni is back to talk about feeling good from the bottom up by listening and...
Feb 21 2024

How To Ignite The Best Love Affair You’ll Ever Have

This week, is about unconditional love and admiration-claiming the woman you are to ignite the...
Feb 12 2024

What To Ask Before You Hire A Life Coach

Life coaching can be a life changing experience. It can also be an epic fail. Here are a few...
Feb 07 2024

How To Get Off The Guilt Train To Start Living Your Best Life

This week’s topic is guilt: how to understand what’s underneath it to reframe your...
Feb 01 2024

Nourishing Sex, Love, & Relationships With Andrea Balboni (Part 1)

This week, Sex, Love, and Relationships Coach, Andrea Balboni, joins us to talk about living into...
Jan 24 2024

Getting Out of Your Own Damn Way: How to Recognize What’s Really Holding You Back

This week, is about blockers that may be holding you back so you can recognize them, get out of...
Jan 22 2024

Improving Self Love By Recognizing Her Nemesis, Self Sabotage

I coach women from all over the country- each with unique goals. They have one thing in common....
Jan 17 2024

Rebecca Fernandez on Authenticity, Growth and Claiming Herself

This week, Rebecca Fernandez joins me to explore authenticity, growth, and the she-power that...
Jan 10 2024

Moving From Self Sabotage To Self Love With Three Mindfulness Practices

This week, I revisit self love, it’s arch enemy self sabotage and share 3 practices to help...