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The Four Keys to Overcoming Negative Thinking…for Good
They often come up when you least expect it, as you over-analyze situations or believe that someone has slyly insulted you. Though painful, bad thoughts are natural, and your brain has ways of dealing with them. While you should always seek help if you suffer from serious depression or recurring bad thoughts, more often than not you can work through them on your own. You might even go for a walk or listen to some calming music to clear your head. To learn how to begin a meditation practice to combat bad thoughts, read on. Categories: Psychological Health. There are 17 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page.
Do you ever catch yourself being critical, judgmental, or full of fear and worry? And do you ever worry about how many negative thoughts you have? If you do, this post is for you. Kind of like, goodbye, negative thoughts; hello, higher vibration, better boyfriend, nicer car, inner peace, and so on. So what do you do with all that negative junk in your head?
Over time, they gradually decrease the size of the chain until all it takes is a flimsy string to hold the elephant. Your mind limits you in the same way. It can second-guess and sabotage your relationships with insecurities and emotional walls. By recognizing your negative thinking patterns, not buying into them, and turning them around, you can put your mind to work FOR YOU instead of against you. Your brain is built to remember and focus more on bad experiences than positive ones. It was actually an evolutionary advantage that helped our ancestors survive by avoiding danger.
KEY ONE: RECOGNISE & STEP BACK FROM NEGATIVE THOUGHT PATTERNS
When something's bothering you, you know that getting your mind off of it is easier said than done. In fact, research shows that when people are instructed not to think about a specific topic, it makes it even harder to get that topic out of their minds. But rehashing negative thoughts over and over in your head, also known as rumination, can be unpleasant and counterproductive—and in some cases, it can even lead to chronic depression. One distraction trick Winch recommends is to visualize yourself in the grocery store. Don't do a lot of food shopping? Think about something else that requires concentration: the order of books on your bookshelf, or the order of songs in an album or playlist you like to listen to, for example. You don't have to do it for long—maybe 30 seconds or a minute, but the key is to be disciplined about it and do it each time that negative thought comes back—even if that means doing it 20 times an hour.
Anxiety , Featured , Stress , Worry comments. Do you ever struggle with negative thinking? If you have a harsh inner critic or get caught in worry, stress, anxiety, depression or wrestle with low self-worth, then you know some of the symptoms first hand. Negative unhelpful thinking patterns can have a strong and sometimes devastating impact on our relationships, our health, our work… our lives. With the four keys listed below, and a little practice, I believe anyone can break free of negativity for good. Why do I believe that? It can feel like a real internal battle.