How to Stop Negative Thoughts
We’ve all endured an emotional rollercoaster of the past year and as we leave lockdown, taking care of ourselves, both physically and mentally, is more important than ever. It is not an unknown fact that the pandemic has led many to dwell in negative thoughts. It may look as though the person is normally fine on the outside but inside they’re in turmoil. When the mind digest negative thoughts, the mind then closes and repel people and opportunities. Who would have ever thought that this critical voice in our head could create such an outcome in life? It’s safe to assume that we are our own worst enemy in life. Everything about the way we function all instigates in the mind.
Leading research found that the media played a huge role to this negativity. The media has constantly bombarded our minds with information on disasters, wars, and other unhappy events which sinks deep into our subconscious, and then manifests as a habitual manner of thinking. Despite the good in the world, negative thinking have come uninvited more often and is prevalent in the minds of youth. A youthful mind can easily topple down the emotional roller coaster, leading to many experiencing suicidal thoughts and depression. Hence, overcoming negative thoughts is critical than ever. The good news is that persistent inner work can change habits of thinking.
Dr. Arline’s book volume 3 Taking Every Thought Captive is a powerful tool to help you overcome overthinking and negative thoughts. Following the simple steps below and reading Dr. Westmeier’s book can help treat your thought process effectively, have more control of your life, and move forward in life.
Pause for a Moment
Negative thinking is the easiest way to slow down your progress. The right way to approach this barrage of negative thoughts is to take a deep breath and pause for a moment. Once you’ve paused from this mental struggle, focus your awareness on the world; and see what’s happening and how it’s been working. When you’re too busy ruminating over negativity, you’ll feel off track that causes disappointment and more negative thinking. Pressing pause gives you the opportunity to reevaluate your thoughts and opinions then adjust your focus accordingly. Pausing is a chance to recollect yourself from within.
Acknowledge Emotional Roller Coaster
Like recognizing automatic negative thoughts, there’s power in acknowledging that you feel overwhelmed or the burden when you experience it. Putting yourself automatically in defensive mode can whirl you into an anxiety-filled tailspin of negative thoughts. You’re probably thinking: Why should I welcome this emotional roller coaster inside my mind? The answer is simple. Embracing it can take a lot less energy than dwelling in negative thoughts of the past nor future. Ignoring them won’t make it go way, it’ll continue to pop up every now and then. So to counteract them, recognize the negative. Becoming aware that these are simply negative thoughts squashes negativity immediately.
Keep Positive Company
Sometimes the cause of these troublesome thoughts have something to do with your social circle. Negativity and positivity is contagious. Have you noticed how someone in a bad mood can affect the mood of people within the group? Likewise with a positive person? Another person’s emotions can rub off on you and have impact on the way you feel the entire day. Never choose company that will soak you in negativity. Rather, surround yourself with people who will lift you up and help you see the bright side. Having positive people distracts you from your thoughts and fuels the fire in you.
It becomes easy to drown in worry and negative thinking when we lose touch with ourselves. How we relate to our thoughts has a big impact on how our life unfolds. By taking a few mindful minutes, we are breaking our habitual negative response. With mindfulness, you are building your capacity to live in deeper awareness and tame mind. Mindfulness in meditation is the practice of detaching yourself from your thoughts and viewing them as an outside force. Practicing mindfulness means cultivating awareness and regulating their impact, without getting caught up.
All in all, there are no substitutions or measures for a bulletproof mindset. However, finding a practice that works for you is the key. Your thoughts and mindset is completely personalized and differs on what limiting beliefs you’re trying to crush. The most important advice you’ll ever receive is “develop a positive routine” like how many great thinking leaders read something encouraging and positive every morning.