If you’re searching for ways to stop negative thoughts, this guide should help! Here we list many ways to stop negative thoughts. We can’t keep negative thought from from entering your mind but we can keep them from staying there. Here are the best ways that I have learned on how to stop negative thoughts:
The Power Of Choice
The video above proves that you and I both have the power of choice. You can literally choose to keep thinking negative or not, if you want to. In the video I talked about my conundrum I had today where I kept thinking negatively all day and knew that If I kept doing that I wouldn’t get any work done for the night. And, I wouldn’t be any closer to my goals than I was yesterday. In the video you will see I made the choice to work anyways. The text you are reading right now is a direct result of that decision. I didn’t even plan on making a video today, but I’m so glad I did, and it even inspired me to make this post.
Thinking about what you are grateful for is one of the best ways to stop thinking negative right away! It’s almost impossible to keep thinking negative if you start thinking about what you are thankful for. It changes your focus instantly! The experts say that you should create a list that you physically write with pen or pencil. Try to list out at least 10 things you are grateful for next time you feel those negative thoughts kicking in.
Think About the Future
My co-worker (let’s call him Mr Yin) always says to ask yourself: Will the problem still be there a day from now? How about a week from now? Etc… If the answer is no then problem probably isn’t all that big and you should keep that in mind when those negative thoughts kick in. Remind yourself that this situation is only temporary and you will get past negative thoughts faster each time.
Ask For Help
Not a lot of people like talking about their problems to others but asking others for help is one of the quickest ways to stop negative thoughts. Most people generally want to see others happy and will make it their personal job to get you back on track when you’re down. I’m sure you have family members, friends or co-workers who would love to hear your story and coach you back to reality. I’ve learned that the co-worker I mentioned just now and my boss are actually really great people/great thinkers that can help me get back on track.
Just Say “Nope”
Next time a negative thought comes into your head, just say “nope”, I’m not going to think that right now! Literally say it out loud if that’s what it takes to stop those negative thoughts in their tracks. Say to yourself that you are going to think about or focus on something else that’s more important. I do this all the time when I’m about to get angry at my computer or at myself for making a mistake.
For example: I will constantly find myself saying to myself “Come on Erick, you are a f***** retard” or some other kind of insult to myself. When I find myself doing that now; I will instantly stop that thought and say “nope, no you’re not, you just made a simple mistake that only took seconds to fix, you are actually really great a what you do”.
Rate Your Problem
Rate your problem on a 1 to 10 scale; 10 being the most dramatic thing that has ever happened to you, 1 being a stubbed toe. Is your problem really that bad? If so, is there anything you can do about it? If the answer is yes then you should relax. If the answer is no then you should relax, there’s nothing you can do about it lol.
Write It Down
Write down every little thing that is bothering you. I mean really get down and dirty with it if you have to. You will start to feel better with every word you get out. Sometimes all you need is an outlet to get out all those negative thoughts. After your done writing throw the paper away or burn it to send a signal to your mind that you are in control.
I’m constantly writing things down because I am either upset or have a lot of small goals in mind that are really polluting my thoughts. Sometimes I have to write everything down just to realize that it was all of the thoughts I had on my brain at once that was holding me down. It wasn’t leaving much room for processing anything else or problem solving.
The better you get to know yourself the quicker you will be able to stop negative thoughts once they have started. The sooner you catch them the easier they will be to dismiss. Try using the tips above and do other research to find what works for you the best. Not everyone is the same and different tricks work for different people. Thank you for reading and I will see you guys again next time.