What Kinds Of Thoughts Are You Thinking?
To gain insight on whether you have more positive or negative thoughts going on right now, sit and write down your thoughts about yourself and life. Write down what you think about you most of the time. Do you think you are confident or insecure? Loveable or unlovable? Nice or mean? Giving or selfish? Beautiful or ugly? Successful or a failure?
Take a day or two and be mindful of what you are thinking. It is important to learn if you are allowing positive or negative thoughts to rule your mind. If you find out that your thoughts are primarily negative, cross the negative thoughts out and replace them with positive ones.
If you wrote down, “I never do anything right”, cross that out and write, “I do many things right and learn from failure.” If you wrote down, “I drink to cope with fear, anger, frustration, pain, etc.”, cross it out and write, “I can learn healthy ways to cope with life’s frustrations and negative emotions.”
What you’re doing is replacing the negative with positive. If you begin thinking positive the majority of the day, every day, you will find that your mood and behavior will become more positive as well.
Learning to think positive is one tool for navigating the path toward overcoming depression and/or alcoholism/addiction. Many times, an individual gets depressed because they allow negativity to rule their lives. You can learn to re-train your brain to a positive mindset with discipline and consistency, and this can help you on your recovery path as well.