5 Ways To Curb Your Negative Thoughts
Once in a while, we experience feeling so low for whatever reason we can’t comprehend. These are negative thoughts that drain all our energy and confidence in ourselves. They are brought about by failures in life; could be a lost opportunity, a break up, or series of bad events we didn’t expect to happen. We deal with it with apathy and self-loathing, which are both self-destructive and unhealthy. In order to get rid of negative thoughts, we have to learn to eliminate negative thinking. Negative thinking is caused by our immense fear of what other people will say and trying to please them. We don’t need affirmation from other people that we are doing the right thing. No matter what we do, there are people who won’t appreciate it so there is no reason for you to use your time and energy pleasing the people around you. How do you get rid of negative thoughts?
- Calm your mind.
Negative thinking is a habit that only involves your mind. It’s difficult not to think about negative things but how you approach these unhealthy thoughts would make a difference. Try to meditate and calm your mind. Consider it as a reboot to your brain. You can take a walk so you can spend some time alone. Once you’re relaxed, you can now start thinking of positive things.
- Realize that negative thoughts have no power over you.
Negative thoughts only become destructive if you keep clinging into them. The more you think about them, the more likely it would happen. If you keep devoting yourself on negative energies, you wouldn’t see the good opportunities coming your way. So focus on your goals and be self-supportive. Telling yourself repeatedly that nothing can go wrong will help.
- Reject negative thoughts and be confident about yourself.
If you are pessimistic in nature and have low self-esteem, your mind accepts this thought and values this opinion even if it is totally against you. The high value you give to this thought is the reason why this is retained in your head, why you give too much attention to it, and eventually can’t get rid of it. This is the reason why negative thoughts are just in the mind. You should know that it is just logical to reject unhealthy, useless thoughts even if they are valid. At the end of the day, you and your opinion about yourself only matters.
- Talk it out.
Sometimes, negative thoughts are worth sharing. If you talk about them with someone, they can also give you their view about it and make you realize the things that you don’t see and think about. Talking it out gives shape and form to your emotions, making you see the root of the problem, and therefore giving you a clear insight on how to handle them.
- Be creative.
When you start thinking about negative thoughts, try to channel it in a creative way. When you release your negative thoughts through an art form, it will be easier for you to get rid of them. You can paint pictures that represent these thoughts or write a story. It doesn’t have to be perfect. As long as it releases negativity, it will work out for you.
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