The definition of negativity, according to the dictionary, is “the expression of criticism of or pessimism about something.” The opposite of negativity is optimism. Being pessimistic or critical of ourselves and others can damage our self-worth and affect our mood.
Here are five tips to let go of negativity for the new year.
- Be aware of what you are being critical of. Sometimes negativity can build up in our relationships if we are overly critical of our partner. Being critical of our co-workers can make going to work dreadful. Being critical of ourselves and our lifestyle can make us depressed or anxious. Make a list of people and things that are essential to your life.
- Look at your list of criticisms. Is there anyone you are critical of that needs to be forgiven? Are you being critical because they hurt you? What have the people you have been critical of done well? Reframe to see the positive.
- Where do you feel pessimism? Are you pessimistic about your future? What is your hope for the future? Set realistic goals and believe in yourself. Make a timeline of wins to remind yourself that you are capable.
- Meditate on letting go. A simple way to meditate is to close your eyes and notice where you feel negativity in your body. Imagine sending your breath there and letting go of negativity with your exhale. Inhale what you want to feel, and exhale what you want to let go of.
- Focus on what you want and not what you don’t want. Where we place our attention is where our energy goes. If we focus on resentment and anger, we will feel drained. Instead, if we focus on our goals and what we want, we will be more likely to obtain those things.
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