Negative thinking is something we all face on almost a regular basis, but when these feelings become too strong or recurrent that’s when it starts to be a problem.
Positive thinking is the key to leading a satisfied and balanced lifestyle. But everyone tends to need a little push to start off good again once they hit a rough spot in life.
You might be wondering how someone can be avoid thinking like this. But don’t worry, we got you covered. Here are some tips for you to quit that negative notions:
1. Stop the Negative Thoughts
When you notice that negative thoughts or images are starting to enter your mind, try to actually say “stop!” to yourself. If you’re alone, you can try saying this out loud, but it can also be very effective when just said in your head. It sounds childish but it actually works. You have to take control of your thought process and guide it towards what is better for your mental health.
2. Make Positive Statements
Positive statements can be used in a couple of different ways. First, they might be used in the same way as thought stopping techniques—in other words, you might make a statement as soon as you feel a negative thought coming your way.
Also, your mind believes what you feed it, so the process of repeating positive phrases throughout the day will definitely make those bad feelings slowly go away.
3. Create New Boundaries
If you’ve lived with negative thinking for a very long time, you might think it’s unrealistic to just suddenly expect yourself to change your approach. In this case, even positive statements and thought stopping techniques may seem to not make any difference.
For this purpose, you might want to spend a couple of weeks at least enforcing boundaries when it comes to negative thinking. The thing here is that you choose a fixed and limited time period for allowing your mind to entertain negative thoughts. This will allow you to commit to forcibly stopping or fighting them at every other time of the week.
So when you’re sure that you will have time to consider these thoughts, you may find they seem less powerful and have less potential to dominate your mind. Many people find that they can’t even think of anything when they come to their scheduled time to allow to think about negative thoughts. This ultimately helps them to break their pattern.
4. Note and Destroy
If your negative thoughts are linked to a specific strong emotion like fear, anger or jealousy, try letting them all out in writing. Use a pen and paper, and really express all of that pent up negativity.
You can then choose a way of destroying this paper, symbolizing your commitment to moving on, like burning it or simply throwing it away. Writing really helps a lot of your emotions to get back in order.
5. Reason With Yourself
Create a ‘Just Because’ debate with your mind every time a negative thought intrudes your head.
‘Just because I’ve struggled doesn’t mean I don’t deserve to be happy.’
Reason with yourself and remind yourself what you are worth because the truth is that no one except you will do that.
These are only some tips to help, and there’s always so much more you can do, but hopefully these too work out for you!