Are negative thoughts sabotaging your mental health and wellbeing? Everyone thinks negatively from time to time after all, life can be frustrating and stressful.
Some people though spend an enormous amount of mental time dwelling negatively about themselves and there's also individuals that critically obsess about others.
Negativity can be toxic, it holds us back in life and causes stress, anxiety, depression, anger and in some cases, even illness. Chronic negative thinking is detrimental to one's health and happiness. Although it's not easy, people do have the ability to change the way they think eliminating negative thoughts and focusing on positive ones.
Change begins with awareness. Before anyone can begin changing negative thinking patterns they have to realize they're thinking negatively in the first place. Once realized, being mindfully aware of our thoughts can help a person begin recognizing when their beginning to think about something or someone in a negative way.
Breathe and Relax
When negative thinking begins to arise a helpful strategy is to breathe, begin quieting the mind and relax. Remind yourself that only you can control your thoughts and that negativity and undesirable thinking is harmful, stressful and very self-destructive.
Transform negative thoughts into positive ones. Practice positive thinking, this may sound foolish but habits are difficult to break. Try thinking about the positive aspects in life and practice this as often as you can. When situations arise instead of dwelling on the negative side and thinking stressfully, shift your focus and think about the positive aspects.
It's impossible to eliminate everything in life that's negative but we can become conscious of our own negative thoughts and avoid toxic people and situations. Stay away from negative people and avoid drama whenever you can to avoid detrimental thoughts and critical thinking. Instead surround yourself with people that have positive attitudes and healthy outlooks on life.
Overcoming Detrimental Thoughts
Remember change takes time, we can't change unhealthy thinking or any other negative habits overnight. Recognizing the problem and need for change is the first step to modifying thoughts and behaviors. Happiness and contentment comes from with-in and we can choose to be engrossed in negative thoughts or occupy our minds and life with positive energy.