Normally, when we set ourselves a sporting goal, we are full of enthusiasm, with the desire and strength to do everything possible until we achieve it. However, it is completely normal that at any given moment, we have negative thoughts.
For example, we usually ask ourselves why we have started doing sports, that we don’t know what we are doing, that it won’t do any good or that we are not going to achieve it, etc.
When this happens, it is important to activate a mechanism to correct these thoughts so that they do not gain ground over positive thoughts and make us give up.
For some people it can be easy to get rid of these types of thoughts, worse for others, not. For this reason, today we have prepared this article to give you the best advice on how to manage negative thoughts and prevent them from making you abandon your sports goal.
Manage negative thoughts:
One of the most effective techniques that we can put into practice is to breathe and redirect our thoughts to what we are doing. For example, if we are doing a very hard exercise, which is difficult for us and we do not see the moment to finish, negative thoughts may appear. What we should do at that moment is take a deep breath and focus all our attention on the movements we have to make. Almost without realizing it, negative thoughts will have disappeared.
Another thing we can do is stop and think about why these thoughts appear, in what situations they occur and how they make us feel. If we analyze the context and the consequences they have, we can anticipate and relax before they appear. Knowing the ways our body reacts is very useful to prevent negative reactions.
Compensate one negative thought with two positive ones. It may seem absurd, but the fact of thinking about the positive things that we are achieving and that we have in our daily lives will help us regain courage and strength to continue. Also, since we must think about other things without paying attention to the negative thought, little by little the latter will disappear. And not only will we not have a negative feeling, but since we will have thought positive things, we will be happier.
We must accept that negative thoughts are part of the process. Everyone has a moment during workouts when their mood is lower than normal. It is something completely normal, but we must not let them dominate us and prevent us from moving forward. Sometimes by doing nothing, the thought leaves the same way it came. If we see that this does not happen, we must put into practice the other advice that we give you in this post.
Speak with someone. No one is perfect and we all need help and support at some point in our lives. Sometimes pride or thinking that if we ask for help we are less than other people, prevents us from taking the step of asking for help. In most cases it is not necessary to resort to a professional, the simple fact of talking to a family member or friend and listening to us, will be enough to lift our spirits and give us that push we needed to continue. If we see that it is not enough and that negative thoughts persist, we should go to a specialist to give us the guidelines we need to get out of this blockage.
Put a name to the feeling that appears. Sometimes we feel bad, but we do not know exactly what is happening to us, this makes the situation worse, makes us feel frustrated and angry with ourselves. The ideal in these cases is to stop and try to put a name or describe what the feelings are that we are having. In this way, it will be much easier for us to act and remedy the situation. Knowing what we are up against helps us think more clearly about the best strategy to adopt.
Whatever your sporting goal is, at ictiva we have implemented a series of actions to help you, especially at times when spirits are lowest. On the one hand we have a points system, every time you do an online video session, we will give you some points that will accumulate, at the end of each month and each quarter, the user who has the most points will win a prize.
On the other hand, we have groups on Facebook based on the sporting objective of the users, so that they can share their experience, their doubts and encourage each other. You will also find news and posts that will help you meet your goals in the best possible way.
As you can see, ictiva gives you the best tools to manage negative thoughts and stay motivated until you reach your goals. Enter our online gym now and choose what your next sports challenge will be! Let’s go for all!