The world we live in is filled with messages, both positive and negative. Humans tend to absorb more of the negative messages.
Once we have found ourselves in the trap of negative thinking, we may find ourselves increasingly out of balance and out of alignment with the life we aspire to live.
When we find ourselves in this spiral, we often begin to transfer that negativity to everyone around us, including our children.
In order to stop this cycle, it helps to have a plan in place before it starts.
A simple plan might look something like this: Be fully present when speaking to each other (eye contact is important);
Make a point to speak lovingly; Minimize all outside influences (electronics); Upon waking, set three positive intentions for the day ahead; Before bed take the time to list three gratitude moments from the day.
This type of plan is a lesson in Mindfulness.
Simply start by taking an honest inventory of your life and where you can begin to implement subtle, beneficial changes. This is not a judgement inventory of how you “should be” doing better. This is a loving, honest look at your real life and how you can add positive moments.
The best foundation for resisting negative thinking is adding a Mindfulness practice to your daily life. Mindfulness can be incorporated into literally every function of your life from the most mundane tasks all the way to a profound spiritual practice.