Are you the kind of person whose first thought on Monday morning is "Ugh, I have to go to work. I have so much work to do. My boss is always on my back!"
Yeah, me too. How much better would it be to wake up and think like this, "I’m going to have a good day at work. Nobody is going to get me down today. My day will go smoothly."
Louise Hay, best-selling author of You Can Heal Your Life, believes that the root of many problems begins with negative thoughts. She claims that when we change our thoughts from the negative to the positive we can heal ourselves of conditions like anxiety and depression. Hard to believe? Read on.
According to the Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA), anxiety is the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults age 18 and older. With today’s economy, you might be worried about whether you’re going to lose your job or your house or your car. But worrying will not change anything; it will just make you worry more, cause anxiety, and maybe even make you sick. Instead, try living in the moment. That is Oprah's mantra and look where it got her. Don’t worry about the past or the future. Appreciate today and see what happens.
You may have terrible things going on in your life right now. Someone in your family may be in poor health, you may have lost your job, or are going through a divorce. These are times when fear and anxiety can build to an unhealthy level and take over. Then, you become your own worst enemy. At these times, you need to take control and think positive. You need to appreciate what you have right now. You have to find the good in each day and stop thinking about the past or the future. It may sound corny, but it can work if you are determined to make it work. Try to replace your worried thoughts with some positive thinking. Today will go smoothly. Today will be a great day. Nothing will bother me today.
Be a good friend to yourself. Make up your own positive messages, affirmations, and mantras. Then write them down and keep them with you for the times when you feel anxious or depressed. You might be surprised with the positive outcome.