Whether it’s about yourself, the things you’re doing, your job or other people, it’s difficult to get rid of negative thoughts once they enter your mind. Negative thoughts are things that none of us really want to have, but we all seem to get at some point. Here are some of the techniques that you can use to stop negative thoughts.
Meditate regularly (carve out the time in your day)
Regular meditation gives you the chance to take a moment to breathe and think about your life. Giving yourself this time each day, or even just a couple of times a week, will help you to promote positive thoughts and get rid of any negative thoughts which you might be holding onto.
Focus on the positive (but try not to deny the negative; look at it and move through it)
Even if you don’t have any negative thoughts at the moment, you can help to keep them away by focusing on the positive things. Throughout the day, think about the things you like about yourself and your life.
Take stock of negative thoughts (keep a journal; try to trace the source of negativity)
If you feel that you’re about to start thinking negatively, stop the thoughts before they have a chance to really kick in and take over your mind. If you’ve already started thinking negatively, actively change the thoughts to positive ones. Easier said that done, so the more you practice this, the less you’ll find yourself thinking negatively.
Spend time with positive people (take note of how they make you feel when you’re around them)
The people you hang around with will have a big effect on the way you feel about life in general. If you surround yourself with people who are consistently negative, you will start to feel negative about more things. If you spend time with positive people, you will feel more positive about your life in general.
Do things that boost your confidence (chart these out and incorporate them whenever and wherever possible)
Whether it’s the confidence you feel about your own self or the confidence to do different things and take the plunge, building on your own self confidence is never a bad thing. Go out of your way to do things that will take you out of your comfort zone and give your self esteem a boost.
Try talking therapy (this could even be keeping a diary or journal)
People are often put off by the word ‘therapy’, but talking therapy is a great way to let go of any negative thoughts and get some things off your chest. While counsellors will offer this service to you, many people like to get a form of talking therapy from friends and family. If there is something you trust, ask them to chat to you over a drink while you offload some problems and negative thoughts.