Are things that bad, or are you just thinking that things are terrible? This is the question you should ask yourself every time you are tempted to put your mind in the prison of negative thoughts.
Maybe If your scalp was transparent and you could observe your blood and neurons working underneath, you would be more gentle with your mind.
Mistaking subjective experience for absolute truth is a core trait of negative thoughts.
Thoughts turn into beliefs, which turn into actions. Actions form habits. So basically, your feelings rule your world.
Thoughts are food for the mind. You are what you think.
That can’t be the first time you hear about the benefits of keeping a positive outlook on life. Everybody from your close relatives to therapists on TV will tell you how important it is to ditch negative thoughts.
Sure, that’s excellent advice and all, but how exactly are we supposed to do it?
I’ve read many articles about how you are meant to sit down in a comfortable space, focus on your negative thoughts and somehow push them out of your mind.
That might work for some people. However, this article is for those looking for some practical advice. If you’re one of them, keep on reading.
- Adjust Your News and Social Media Intake
- Use Body Language to Ditch Negative Thoughts
- Look for New Ways to Express Yourself
The Ball Is Always in Your Court
Negative thoughts are energy-draining parasites. They sink into your mind and feed on your anxiety and worries about the future.
The human brain works in a way that involves focusing on the threats.
It’s a self-defence mechanism. That’s one of the main challenges we face.
I’ll be the first to admit that it’s not easy overcoming years of negative thinking, but I like to think we can all do it.
If you can’t ditch negative thoughts and think you would stand to benefit from talking to someone like me, I am more than happy to provide my sup
1) Adjust Your News and Social Media Intake
We are all bombarded with information across all mediums and platforms on a day-to-day basis. You might not realize it right away, but that can take a toll on all of us.
The news, especially recent ones, makes it seem like the world is coming to an end tomorrow. It’s a lot to process, and it can drastically influence your outlook on life.
That’s why it’s best to try and limit your daily dose of news and social media. You’ll feel less agitated and have more clarity over your thoughts. No one says to ignore the things happening in the world. However, it’s essential to be mindful and acknowledge that you might be spending too much time in front of a screen.
2) Use Body Language to Ditch Negative Thoughts
You can spot a person who is unhappy with themselves and their lives by observing their body language. If you’re continually slumping over your desk, frowning, or crossing your hands, you are more likely to think negatively.
Adjust your body posture so that you feel confident. Sit up straight, open your stance, smile more often. These are easy things you can do right now, and they will help you improve your self-esteem.
3) Look for New Ways to Express Yourself
One of the best ways to ditch negative thoughts is to talk it out. Still, you probably don’t always want to discuss your feelings and what you’re going through. However, all those emotions and thoughts you have bottled up inside need to come out somehow.
The solution is to find a creative outlet for your thoughts. I have a couple of suggestions for you that will help you get out of your head:
- Do some charity work – Volunteer your time to help someone else. It’s the perfect opportunity to let your personality shine through. Also, it will take the focus away from you and give you a fresh perspective.
- Start a podcast – I always encourage people to take advantage of the online possibilities and speak their minds. This idea is not for everybody, but if you have something to say, this will get your voice heard (literally).
Hobbies do a great job helping you turn down negative self-talk, so don’t minimize their value.