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Negative thinking. Sunday December 8, 2013

We often get into patterns of negative thinking without even realising it. It may start off with a minor issue that makes us feel grumpy, then maybe a traffic jam on the way to work and too many demands made of us in a day. We may wake up the next day feeling in a bad mood and thus continues the spiral downwards.

This happened to me recently and before I knew it everything seemed to be a big deal. I found myself snapping at the children, complaining about my partner and constantly criticising myself. My inner dialogue became annoying and I sought relief by taking sleeping pills and going to bed.

At the end of a long week my friend commented that her little boy had said how sad it was that I snapped at my daughter like I did. He is nine! It took a nine year old to tell me what was going on. So here I am, starting my week with camomile tea, a few minutes of quiet and hopefully the will to try and think positive, see the good stuff around me and smile more ...

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Julia Sun, Dec 8th 2013 @ 9:39am

What an inspiring blog Jules. Simple, honest and effective. This time of year can be very stressful (however much one tries to avoid it) which in turn leads to negativity and as you say a downward spiral. I have decided on the strength of your blog today Jules to adopt a strategy for dealing with the next week or so and that is "one day at a time" (and also the occasional sleeping pill and drink too). So thank you Jules. ( I did write more but some words disappeared when I clicked on "publish. Must KEEP CALM!)

Diana Sun, Dec 8th 2013 @ 9:41am

I know where you come from Jules..happens to me too. ( A friend once told me
to look up to the sky - textures and light-play; even on a " grey day " )

Diana Sun, Dec 8th 2013 @ 9:48am

Hi Julia - I also lost some words, and had to re-type my blog ! I think it's the Christmas fairy ' de-blogging us ! '

Anonymous Sun, Dec 8th 2013 @ 10:09am

Diana this is beautiful - thank-you.
And thank-you Jules for a very timely reminder;
(the irony is that the season of goodwill to all and peace on earth is precisely the most stressful time of year ...). We all deserve peace and goodwill, which means we all need to strive towards providing it ...A few stretches skywards and sideways with some deep calming breaths; and candles help me. I also like the idea of camomile tea - the time taken to prepare it can also help "slow down" .. Frankie

Anonymous Sun, Dec 8th 2013 @ 10:34am

Lose all

Anonymous Sun, Dec 8th 2013 @ 10:39am

I lose all my typed Entries until today's. Have i got a trojan sitting on my Moodscope account? Has anyone else had trouble posting here?

Anonymous Sun, Dec 8th 2013 @ 10:41am

Very good post. Thanks a lot. Smiley face

Julia Sun, Dec 8th 2013 @ 11:24am

Yes this morning.And that nasty but we are told essential robot killer is being more obstructive today. Third time lucky hopefully. I shall try once more.

Mary Blackhurst Hill Sun, Dec 8th 2013 @ 6:14pm

Hey - this is always happening to me and I thought it was just me!n It's the Moodscope Gremlin, testing and trying us!

Anonymous Sun, Dec 8th 2013 @ 6:16pm

No surprise that a child can spot our emotional short circuits—otherwise they would not survive among adults, fail to live long enough to reproduce and our herd would die off.

When I'm in a cranky mood and due to circumstances just must be among people I at least try to find 10 to 15 minutes here and there during the day when I can get away to myself.

I also do many rituals during my private time: I may write down the big annoyances and rip the paper to shreds, I may compose a mental letter to the company that's treating me like dirt, or I might just sit and breathe.

neville de weever Sun, Dec 8th 2013 @ 6:32pm

Very good. Happens to all of us even if we do not have a mental health issue.

Anonymous Sun, Dec 8th 2013 @ 6:52pm

I can relate to that. I do get v stressed and irritable at times but it is quite a lot better since making a habit of the following: When I take my dogs for their morning run I think of three things I am grateful for, and reflect on them. I reject those I already chose recently so end up running through lots of positives. Great way to start the day and I come back to them if things get a bit pear shaped as the day goes on.

Caroline Ashcroft Sun, Dec 8th 2013 @ 8:55pm

Hi there, don't blame us!!! This is a blogger site that Moodscope use, we don't have any control over whether it eats your comments without prior notice! The good news is that we're going to move the blog with the facility to comment on to the Moodscope website and I promise it will behave itself.

The Entertrainer Sun, Dec 8th 2013 @ 11:19pm

Folks, my Moodscope comments are lost so often that I habitually do [Ctrl] + [A] then [Ctrl] + [C] before I go through the verification nonsense. This works for nearly every Windows-based programme. The first mean "select all" - and I remember it by "A for All" and the second means "Copy" - so "C for Copy". Then, if the Gremlins get you... [Ctrl] + [V] will paste what you'd copied to your computer's clipboard. I remember the last one by the "V" being like an insert symbol inverted... a bit twisted that one, but it's stuck in my mind and saved me HOURS of frustration.

Daren Mon, Dec 9th 2013 @ 1:31am

I like the 'write it down & rip it up' technique. It's generally been effective when I've done it and, perhaps, it's worth doing more.

On the flip side, I've found it to be just as useful to write down my 'blessings' (what I'm grateful for) and it tends to shift my mindset as well.

Perhaps at technique could be to combine both... I'll have to try it :)

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