Not doing any job, having a lot of free time, or dealing with a difficult scenario causes stress. The inability to keep your thoughts in check. Stress levels are low if you have a good system for dealing with them. You can feel in charge of your body when you make simple movements with your hands, feet, and eyes. So, what do you think about how to manage thoughts? You may learn the skill of mind management or thought management by putting forth a little effort every day.

What Is Thought Management?

Practising careful attention to thought management to better deal with present and future challenges. Thought management and values-based life-management systems emphasize right living, cultivating creativity, and achieving deeper self-awareness. In this context, “good behaviour” (Dharma) and “the law of cause and effect” (Karma) are two such principles.

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Managing Thoughts: 5 Strategies To Be Positive

Here are the effective strategies for thought management:

1. Pause

When you press the pause button, you put your thoughts on hold for a moment. Doing this step can help you avoid sending an angry email or making a terrible post on social media, both of which could have negative repercussions.

Method of application:

Stop and breathe deeply whenever your emotions rise to dangerous levels.

Take a stroll outside if the weather permits it.

Come back once you’ve had a chance to collect your thoughts and then decide what to do next.

2. Altering The Volume

Has it ever struck you that they usually mirror your tone and mannerisms when conversing with someone? They will return your calm, reasonable demeanour. Raise your voice, and they will respond in kind. To avoid raising tensions, speak level-headedly even if the subject is highly emotional. “dial it back” refers to lowering one’s voice or softening one’s tone when a conversation becomes heated.

3. Mute

Putting oneself on “Mute” is a reasonable response if an engagement with another person becomes heated, but you cannot escape the situation. That is to say, silence yourself. When your partner is emotional, it’s best to hit the mute button rather than try to explain your point of view. Allow the other person to vent their emotions without interrupting them.

How to apply it: Take a deep breath and remember that the state of mind of both you and your interlocutor is fleeting. Do not give in to the temptation to answer in kind; much of what they say now may be extreme or exaggerated. Most people can be brought back to sanity after a good cry. While you’re muted, it’s important to do that.

4. Recode

When you record, you listen intently to understand another person’s point of view. If you’re truly listening, you won’t be preoccupied with formulating a response but rather with fully grasping what the other person is saying.

Listening carefully helps you pick up on subtleties you missed earlier and reveal misconceptions you might have been living under a rock. Its application involves suspending judgment and refraining from giving counsel as you focus on the other person. Instead, try to understand the other person’s perspective on you, them, and the circumstance.

5. Reverse

Arguments that cause strong feelings usually have more substantial causes. These issues will only multiply indefinitely if nothing is done about them. Thus, you can’t ignore the problem and hope it goes away. As an alternative, you can use rewind to bring up the subject again when everyone has had a chance to calm down.

Consider where, when, and how to bring up the topic again when using this. Apologizing, expressing gratitude, or pointing out areas of agreement with the other person can help them relax and hear what you have to say.

Explore Two More Strategies in the full article on the Paavan blog.