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How do you stop from thinking negative thoughts?

on June 14, 2013

holding stop signMost people tend to have more negative thoughts than positive thoughts and this is what causes problems in their lives.  Negative thoughts result in negative words and actions which result in negative results.  On the other hand, positive thoughts result in positive words and actions which result in positive results.  It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand this concept.  So which would you rather be – positive or negative?

Negative thinking can cause anxiety, fear and stress about situations in life.  In order to feel positive and peaceful, we have to work on changing those negative, anxious thoughts into positive, peaceful thoughts.

Here are 6 steps for stopping negative thoughts.

1)  Be aware that you are having a negative thought.

2)  Choose a way that will make you stop this thought.

  • Say ‘STOP’ (out loud or in your mind)
  • Keep a rubber band on your arm and snap it gently
  • Picture a bright red stop sign
  • Put your arm out in front of you and say ‘halt’(out loud or in your mind)
  • Shake your head and say ‘no’ (out loud or in your mind)
  • Stop moving and stomp your foot

3)  Consciously change the negative thought with a positive, peaceful thought.

4)  Say your positive thought out loud if possible, or in your mind.

5)  Keep focusing on that positive, peaceful thought by repeating it until the negative thought is completely gone.

6)  Do this every time you have a negative thought.

Think about the things that make you anxious or stressful.  Here are some common issues:

  • meeting new people
  • your future
  • talking with friends
  • what you look like
  • performing in front of others
  • your athletic skills
  • religion
  • being asked out/asking someone out
  • money
  • whether or not people like you
  • your body
  • illness or injury

What makes you anxious or stressful?  What things bring out negative thoughts?  Make your own list.

Then determine what you could use as a peaceful thought to overpower that negative thought.  Here are some ideas:

  • say a positive statement or affirmation
  • play with a pet
  • listen to music
  • go for a walk or run
  • watch a sunrise or sunset
  • watch a funny movie
  • talk to a friend
  • take a nap
  • read a good book
  • go shopping
  • sing or dance
  • meditate
  • write in a journal
  • exercisesmile1
  • draw or paint a picture
  • admire some beautiful scenery

What would make you feel positive and peaceful? 

Cram your head and heart full of positive, peaceful stuff and you will crowd out all the negative, anxious thoughts.

 

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