Mindfulness: Beyond Negative Thoughts

Negative thoughts seem to have a mind of their own. They tend to creep into our lives when we are least expecting them and continue to cycle through our brains leaving us feeling exhausted, emotional and discouraged. There are many different ways that one can deflect these negative thoughts and lessen the impact they have on one’s health. Mindfulness is a brain training technique that has been tried more and more recently to help contain anxious thoughts. The definition of mindfulness is being conscious of your own thoughts and being able to recognize the different stimulants that could cause someone to become anxious. According to PsychologyToday.com the acronym C.A.L.M.  M.O. is a series of techniques to help you manage your thoughts.

The letters M.O. stand for ‘Meta-cognitive Observer,’ which, according to an article on PsychologyToday.com, is defined as, “adopting a deliberative, reflective, responsive (versus reactive), and observing position on one’s mind.” The letter ‘C’ in the acronym stands for curiosity. Curiosity is basically just being able to ask yourself questions such as, why am I feeling this way? What is causing me to be anxious? Simply by asking yourself these questions can help you determine what is causing your negative thoughts. The next letter is ‘A’ which stands for acceptance. Acceptance is very important because it is necessary to understand what you are feeling without letting those thoughts have power over you. ‘L’ for loving acceptance comes next.  It is important to remember that people will always make mistakes and mess up at times and we have to offer them grace and respect them, as well as respecting ourselves and our own mistakes. The final letter in the acronym is ‘M’ for motivated. It is key to have the motivation to be able to learn and grow from your negative feelings to better help keep them away.

Using these techniques could potentially help better your mental health and allow you to understand your feelings and keep you from becoming an overly anxious person. So if you are ever feeling discouraged, anxious or just down and out, try to remember the acronym C.A.L.M. M.O.