Overcoming Negative Thinking

Negative thinking can suck the energy and life out of you and out of your day. It’s easy to get focused on a bad thought and be unable to shake the mood that comes with it. If you find that you struggle with moving past negative thinking then some of these tips might help you turn your mood and your day around.

Replace the Negative
What you surround yourself with will have a huge impact on your mood. Finding the top three things in your life that are negative and removing them can change your life. It may be the TV, a person, or even a podcast. Focus on spending less time with these three negative influences and see how quickly your mood changes.

Stop Panicking
When you feel that you are going to panic about something rather small, take a step back and focus on the future. Think about whether or not this this will matter tomorrow, or in a month, or in ten years. Chances are good that the thing that is stressing you out won’t matter. If that’s the case you can let it go and move on.

Talk it Out
It’s really healthy to talk about your feelings with someone you trust. Allowing negative thoughts to grow in your mind will only lead to feelings of helplessness, but discussing them with someone will allow you to see them for what they really are. A different perspective on your situation can make a world of difference.

Workout
While you may not want to even get off of the sofa when you are stressed out and negative, moving your body and getting your blood pumping will help release tension. You will clear your mind when you workout and may be able to see things differently when you look at your problems.

Show Positivity to Others
One of the best ways to clear your negative thoughts is to do something positive for another person. This causes you to focus on the good that you are doing for someone else and can really clear your head. It doesn’t have to be a grand gesture to work, giving a complement to a stranger, helping a friend with a problem, or even holding the door open for someone can all make you feel more positive.

It’s easy to let negative thinking rule our world, but by taking control of our thoughts, minds, and bodies, we can change how we feel and how we interact with others.