There are so many quotes that are a real inspiration for us, but the latest one that we’re amazed by is ‘a negative mind will never give you a positive life’.
It really hit us and it motivated us to learn how to stop negative thinking because this doesn’t make our life more beautiful.
Negativity is often the easiest road and what’s challenging is to think positively.
So, the next time you notice your mind dealing with negative thoughts like ‘I can’t’, ‘I’m not good for that’ or ‘he/she thinks poorly of me’, think about how it won’t bring you anywhere.
Even when things don’t go as we wanted or imagined they would go, smile and look forward to the next chance that will come.
Our World Views Change when We Have a Negative Mind
When we only have negative thoughts, we can’t see the world for what it really is. A cycle of negative thoughts ends up shaping our emotions and makings them mostly negative.
If we don’t learn how to break this cycle, it can leave a mark on our physical and emotional health and encourage anxiety and depression.
How to Stop Negative Thinking?
To be able to come out of this vicious cycle, we need to stop this spin. We can achieve this by understanding and learning more about what causes this cycle of negativity.
We should focus on the trigger of our negative thoughts and if possible, avoid it or resolve it to stop it from harming us.
To be able to fight off negative thinking, we need to learn how our brain functions and what is happening in our bodies.
Having a harsh inner critic or being consumed with worry and stress can mess up our self-worth and negatively influence our relationships, our health, our work, etc.
Here are several useful tips to manage negative thinking:
- Cognitive defusion
To be able to cease the cycle, you need to recognize and identify your patterns so that you can step back from them or ‘defuse cognitively’.
Learn that thoughts are only thoughts and nothing else- you needn’t take them that seriously. Don’t believe them, don’t obey them, and don’t buy into them.
Instead, hold them, listen to them, and see if they can help you.
- Don’t ruminate on past mistakes
As human beings we tend to ruminate about our mistakes from the past and this causes guilt, shame, and negativity in us.
We may also encourage negative thoughts by playing our bad choices or wrong choices repeatedly in our head.
But, instead of ruminating and thinking about how bad they were, why don’t you focus on reflecting on them?
This is more helpful in terms of personal growth and maturity.
- Come to your senses
Negative thoughts arise mostly from dwelling on past mistakes and problems that didn’t go as we planned and from worrying about the future or fearing about what’s going to happen to us or what’s not going to.
To become more present in the present moment, make sure you come to your senses or redirect your thinking from these thoughts and focus on your sense perceptions.
Notice what’s around you, how the air feels on your skin, breathe deeply, be aware.