Negative thoughts are common in people with anxiety or depression, but sometimes they just pop into our minds and the reason is not known. No matter the reason, you can learn to control these confidence squashing thoughts that only cause more worry and stress. Here are the four ways to turn off negative thoughts.
The characteristics of negative thoughts include:
Automatic—they just suddenly pop into your head.
Involuntary—you don’t choose to have the thought and it’s difficult to turn it off.
Distorted—negative thoughts often don’t fit well with all the facts.
Credible—you accept them as being possible and don’t question their validity.
Unhelpful—these thoughts often cause depression and keep you from trying new things.
These thoughts create a cycle of negativity that is difficult to break. The more negative thoughts you have, the more depressed you are, which leads to even more negativity.
You can break the cycle by actively working to change the way you think and redirecting your negativity.
Learn To Recognize Negative Thoughts
To win the battle you have to know your enemy. Learning to recognize your negative thoughts is the first step toward squashing them.
Negative thoughts bring on feelings like:
When you’re in ink about the recent thoughts running through your mind. You’ll most likely find that negative thoughts have been running through your mind.
Visualize Your Negative Thought
Negative thoughts are often irrational, which means the thought does not have any basis behind it. The next time a negative thought pops up in your mind turn it into a positive image.
Your brain tells you that you are a failure, so instead of dwelling on that, picture yourself achieving your goal: winning an award, getting the job you want, finishing the book you’re writing—whatever your goal is!
When you visualize something, your brain begins to believe it as true.
Talk Yourself Through It
Positive self-talk is a good way to turn negatives into positives.
When a negative thought pops up, don’t just accept it, disprove it! Your brain says you are a failure. Prove to yourself that the statement is false by remembering how far you’ve come and all the things you’ve accomplished. If possible, choose just one and tell yourself you accomplished that particular goal and you are not a failure.
Don’t Allow The Past To Haunt You
Many times negative thoughts pop up to remind you of a time in the past when you didn’t succeed. Reliving these moments only brings on more negativity.
Use your self-talk to say, “So what, “or “that was in the past.” And then tell yourself you’re stronger now, more capable and you’ve learned from your mistakes.
Remind yourself you can’t change the past, but you can focus on the present and your future goals.
Keep in mind that whatever your mind believes can direct how you act and react to situations. Start believing the best about yourself, and you’ll find yourself behaving in positive, productive way.