Crow Wing Energized

Overcoming Negative Thoughts

CWE_YEY_Lifestyle_Coach_Banner_CareyBy: Cassie Carey has a background in teaching in both Physical Education & Health Education, she also is a certified lifestyle coach in the National Diabetes Prevention Program, and graduated with her Registered Nursing degree in 2014.  Cassie is the director for Crow Wing Energized working for both Crow Wing County and Essentia Health. She provides energy and passion in sustainable efforts surrounding health and wellness in our county and beyond!


Sometimes when life gets you down or you are trying to make changes, it’s hard to overcome negative thoughts. In the Your Energized Year lifestyle change class I lead, we have had discussions about feeling guilty about eating an Oreo or three, or having an extra piece of cake.  When those feelings of guilt come on, it can be the start of a spiral out of control, continuing to choose “not so great for you” food choices or inactivity.


Learning how to talk back to those negative thoughts and gaining positive control as soon as possible, is a true key to not allowing continued slips! Here are some examples of how to talk back with a positive thought:

I can eat dessert and cut back on something else.
One slip-up is not the end of the world. I can get back on track.
I can go for a walk and stop if it gets too cold.
It is hard to change old habits, but I will give it a try and see how it works.
I will try something different next time.
It was my choice. Next time I can decide not to eat so much.
It is said that negative thinking can become a habit and for many of us those negative thoughts can occur automatically. But the same is true about forming habits of positive thinking.


Crow Wing Energized has been promoting the idea of having an attitude of gratitude. Scientific research done over many years, by many respected researchers and institutions, proves that without a doubt, focusing on what is good in your life will help you become a happier and healthier.


Simply spend 5 or 10 minutes at the end of the day to write three good things about that day. Do it for 30 days and see what a difference it can make in turning a negative thinking habit into a positive thinking habit.


Replacing negative self-talk and thoughts with positive ones can impact your work setting, family dynamics, and yourself as you are continuing to strive toward a happier, healthier you!


Being a positive person is now natural to me.  However, I think it is due to having a lot of practice in bouncing back from not so ideal situations! Don’t get me wrong, I have been blessed in so many ways in my life…

beating cancer at the age of 17
living, working, and playing in some of the most majestical places on this earth (Alaska and Arizona)
marrying my best friend and starting our family
dreaming I would be a college basketball coach someday and doors opening for me to do so
having a career that makes a healthy difference in the community
We all have negative thoughts and experiences to overcome. So take some time to invest in being the best you and develop your attitude of gratitude – You deserve it!