Have you ever suffered with negativity? Negativity saps our strength; it drags us down, overwhelms our faith, and blunts our dreams. Some of us, me included, are more prone to negativity, while others are able to see the positive aspects of even the most challenging situations they may face. But at some time or another, negativity strikes us all. I have noticed that it especially rears its ugly head in the morning. There is hope though! There are strategies which will help us overcome negativity, take back the day, and enjoy God’s gift of life from the moment we get up.
How do you start your day? Do you wake up and switch on or listen to the news? Do you log on to Social Media? Do you look at emails? Many of our news sources are unfiltered. They are primarily negative and negative news or comments affect our mood.
Today, I am going to share three valuable strategies with you that have greatly helped me to deal with and overcome negative thinking:
1.Get aside with God.
Don’t instantly log on to social media or open your email the moment you wake up. First and foremost, after you’ve grabbed a cup of tea or coffee of course, get aside with God. It doesn’t have to be a long time. Even a few minutes has a remarkable effect as you spend time with the Prince of Peace. Let’s face it, most of us struggle to fit God into our busy mornings, but if you allow God to feed you with good news, I promise you, it will make a massive difference to the rest of your day (Matthew 4 v 4). I never used to be a morning person, but through habit I’ve trained myself to spend time with God. It is now my favourite part of the day.
Read a bible passage. Let God speak to you out of it. Take a few minutes to speak to Him about your concerns, and those whom you care about. Take a moment to worship Him.
2.Stay in control.
Stay away from the news and social media until you have woken up and taken control of your day. We often have no choice over what we get to see and negativity is contagious. Therefore, keep yourself isolated from negative sources of news until you have a grip on the day, and even then, be selective in what you watch and read. Keep your guard up!
Thanksgiving is an incredibly powerful tool. It lifts our mood. It causes increase in the places where we give thanks. It positions us to receive grace from God for all our needs because when we give thanks we humble ourselves [James 4 v 6]. We are acknowledging that God is the one who helps us, supports us, and guides us.
Gratitude and optimism go hand in hand. It’s impossible to hold on to your negativity if you practice thanksgiving. The two are mutually exclusive! So spend a few minutes giving thanks.
Sometimes it’s difficult to know where to start. When I’m feeling like that, I like to blanket everything with thanks to God. I start with the first thing that my eyes fall on. In my case, it’s normally the contents of my study. “Thank you for the guitars. Thank you God for a love of music”. You don’t need to give thanks in order of importance. Simply start with what first comes to mind and go from there.
Don’t forget to give thanks for those things God has done for you as well as his promises to you, even if you are not yet seeing them fully worked out. “Jesus thank you for saving me. Thank you that you promise us peace. Thank you for your peace today. I receive your peace now.” It wont take long before you begin to notice your mood improves.
Remember, whatever you feed your mind affects your mood. Don’t let negative news feed you. If you find yourself becoming negative around a situation, stop and give thanks to God. Invite Him into the situation and then give thanks for His help. As you do you will find the negativity lift. You will become more optimistic.
So get aside with God, stay in control, be thankful. When you turn these strategies into a daily habit, you will consistently be able to enter your day with optimism and gratitude. So go and conquer your day!
Are there any other strategies you have found that have helped you overcome negativity? What are the danger areas for you? Please let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment below.
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