Everyone has negative thoughts, but not all negative thoughts have to ruin our day. Sometimes, with a little bit of practice, we can turn our negative thoughts into positive ones and learn how to forgive ourselves for past mistakes.
Negative thoughts are so common that it's hard to ignore them when they come up again and again. Yet, negative thinking is a habit that people can change. When you practice being aware of your thoughts and correcting them by thinking more positively, you'll feel happier and calmer overall.
Here are some tips on how to stop negative thinking and start feeling better.
1. Understand What Your Negative Thoughts Are Saying
Your negative thoughts say a lot about how you view yourself and the world around you. Sometimes they're related to past events or current worries, but other times they can be irrational notions that pop up from nowhere, seemingly at random.
If you're constantly thinking negative thoughts, it can be helpful to figure out what those thoughts tell you about your personality, past experiences, and the people around you. Once you understand how your negative thoughts influence your life and how they make you feel about yourself, it's easier to let them go.
2. Recognize That Your Thoughts Are Just Thoughts
The first step in changing your negative thoughts into positive ones is to realize that they're just thoughts. They don't represent reality and they don't mean anything about who you are as a person.
For example, if you often think "I'm not good enough," it doesn't mean that you really aren't good enough. It just means that you're worried that you're not good enough. When you practice being aware of your thoughts, positive ones will start to come up more and negative ones will seem less harsh.
3. Don't Let Your Negative Thoughts Get To You
Many people who feel anxious or depressed think negative thoughts all the time, even when no one is around them. If you are prone to thinking pessimistic thoughts, it's important to learn how to get over them quickly.
You can start by recognizing when your negative thoughts come up and letting them go when they appear. Try not to let a meaningless thought keep you occupied because if you do, it'll be harder for your positive thoughts to surface in the first place.
4. Make a Plan to Stop Negative Thinking
If you find that you have negative thoughts on a regular basis, it can be helpful to develop a plan for how to manage them. If you have some positive thoughts that you'd like to use for your negative ones, think about starting there. Developing positive habits will help you further and make your attempts at changing your thought patterns easier in the long run.
5. Take Action on Your New Thoughts
Changing your thinking patterns is the first step in changing yourself, but it's not enough. Once you've developed positive habits that are linked to positivity, start practicing these habits whenever negativity shows up. Exercise and eat healthy, go outside and breathe fresh air, and try to avoid situations that make you anxious.
The more you practice positive thinking, the easier it will be to turn your negative thoughts into positive ones and eliminate your anxiety at the same time.
Hypnotherapy is a great way to help you change your negative thoughts. You can book a session with me, we will be able to uncover the root cause of your issue and you will receive a 21-day transformative recording to reprogram your mind.