How To Overcome Negative Thoughts
We all experience negative thoughts and emotions from time to time – here are some quick ways to deal with them that are easy to try and develop for yourself.
- Try to smile as much as you can.
Looking for the positives in a situation are very important and this may include forcing yourself to smile –this can help change your mood and relieve stress.
- Be around positive people.
Seek out your friends and spend time with them – this is especially important if you are stuck in a negative mood as they will be able to help you to put things into perspective. This is also important at work where your concerns and issues, whilst seeming to be huge and difficult to get over, will be reduced by hearing the objectivity of others around you.
- Shift your focus from the negative to the positive.
This is not as difficult as it seems – if you tend to focus on the “glass half empty” mind-set then there will always be a tendency to think the worst in situations. A little more positivity will spin this around to a position where you think more systematically and carefully so that your positive thoughts come to the surface, rather than the negative ones.
- Take personal responsibility.
When difficult times come along and there are real problems to be dealt with there is a danger that you will see yourself as a victim and that everything that is happening to you is the result of the actions of others. This is not true because you have the choice to deal directly with the issues and take responsibility for what is going on. In this way you are able to assert yourself so that you can shape what is happening and you are better able to make positive decisions that bring about an outcome that is in your favour.
- Help someone else.
Take the focus away from you and do something good for another person. This will boost your self-worth and allow you to take your mind off the current situation – this is an important way to give yourself some breathing room and time for self-reflection.
- Remember that nobody, not even you, is perfect!
It is very easy to dwell on our ow mistakes to such an extent that they actually take us over and prevent us from moving forward in a relevant and meaningful way. The trick here is to recognise and learn from the mistakes we have made so that we can move forward having gained insight and some wisdom from those errors, making sure that we do not repeat the experience.
- List five things that you are grateful for.
Being grateful helps appreciate what you already have. Make your own list and reflect on their importance – this will boost your confidence and allow your mind to think in different ways, more positively and more accurately.
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