I want you to know you can achieve the vision you have for your life, and it doesn’t need to involve huge sacrifices.

Learn 5 Things That Help Me Overcome Negative Mental Chatter

Dec 4, 2023 | General Health

I used to struggle badly with negative mental chatter.  My internal critic could be nasty, and these thoughts would increase my feeling of being overwhelmed and anxious. 

If you’ve ever experienced depleting negative self-talk, then I want you to know I GET it…

The way you think impacts every area of your life, yet it can feel almost impossible to break into those automatic thoughts and change the way you respond to life’s ups and downs. 

I understand it can be challenging to change the way you think.  It can feel overwhelming because there are so many layers to it. You’re busy juggling a career, family, emotional stressors, or health stressors that can make it feel like you just don’t have time to change your behaviours.   I want you to know you can achieve the vision you have for your life, and it doesn’t need to involve huge sacrifices.  Here are 5 Things that help me overcome negative mental chatter.

1. Nature

Take a moment to step outside and immerse yourself in nature. It could be a stroll in the park, a hike in the woods, or simply sitting in your backyard. Nature has a remarkable way of grounding us and putting things into perspective. The rustle of leaves, the scent of flowers, or the feeling of grass beneath your feet – these experiences can create a mental space that allows positive thoughts to flow in.

2. Movement

Don’t worry; you don’t need to become a fitness fanatic overnight. Just find a form of movement that brings you joy, whether it’s dancing in your living room, taking a yoga class, or going for a leisurely bike ride. Movement is a powerful tool to release pent-up tension and boost those mood-lifting endorphins. Plus, it provides a break from the cycle of negative thoughts, allowing you to reset and approach challenges with a fresh perspective.

3. Meditation

I used to be skeptical about meditation, thinking it required sitting cross-legged for hours, completely still. Turns out, there are various forms of meditation, and you can find one that suits your lifestyle. Dedicating just a few minutes daily to mindfulness meditation can make a significant difference. It helps create a mental buffer, allowing you to observe negative thoughts without letting them take control. Over time, this practice can rewire your brain towards a more positive outlook.

4. Tapping

Tapping, or Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), might sound unconventional, but it’s worth exploring. This practice involves gently tapping on specific acupressure points while focusing on the negative thoughts or emotions. It might seem strange initially, but many people find it remarkably effective in reducing the intensity of negative mental chatter. It’s like giving your mind a reset button.

5. Awareness

Becoming aware of your thoughts is the first step towards changing them. Create moments of self-reflection throughout your day. When you catch yourself in a negative thought spiral, pause and ask whether it’s based on reality or just a conditioned response. Awareness empowers you to break free from automatic thinking patterns and gives you the space to choose a more positive mindset.

Remember, you don’t need to overhaul your entire life to tackle negative mental chatter. Start with one or two practices that resonate with you, and gradually incorporate them into your routine. The key is consistency. Over time, these small steps can lead to a profound shift in the way you perceive and respond to life’s challenges.

So, if you’ve ever felt weighed down by your internal critic, know that change is possible. By embracing these simple yet transformative practices, you can cultivate a mindset that supports your well-being and allows you to navigate life with resilience and positivity. Here’s to breaking free from the chains of negative mental chatter and creating a brighter, more empowered version of yourself.

In the tapestry of life, our thoughts are the threads that weave the story of our experiences. If you’ve ever felt trapped by the relentless negativity of your internal dialogue, know that you hold the power to reshape that narrative. Embracing the simple yet profound practices of connecting with nature, moving your body, meditating, tapping into your emotions, and fostering awareness can catalyze transformative change.

Just know that this journey is not about perfection but about progress. Each small step you take, whether a mindful breath or a walk in nature, accumulates into a profound shift in mindset. As you navigate the currents of daily life, allow these practices to be your compass, guiding you toward a more resilient and positive version of yourself.

So, go ahead – step outside, dance like nobody’s watching, take a moment to breathe, explore tapping, and tune into the symphony of your thoughts. With patience, persistence, and a sprinkle of self-compassion, you can unravel the knots of negative mental chatter and weave a tapestry that reflects the vibrant hues of your potential.

Here’s to embracing the journey, one mindful breath at a time, and creating a narrative that resonates with the harmony of your most authentic self. May your days be filled with the serenity of nature, the joy of movement, the peace of meditation, the release of tapping, and the empowerment that comes with self-awareness. You’ve got this – the canvas of your mind awaits the masterpiece only you can create.

Be well,


Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is not meant to replace treatment with a licensed health care practitioner. It is for informational purposes only. Consult with a licensed health care professional to determine which treatments are safe for you.

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