Everyone experiences negative thinking from time to time. However, for some, especially those who have low self-esteem and/or struggle with depression, overcoming negative thinking can be a massive and difficult task.
Fortunately, there are effective methods you can use to help you move past negative thoughts to a more positive mindset. Here are 6 tips for overcoming negative thinking.
1. Replace Negativity in Your Surroundings
What you let into your mind in your everyday life can have an impact on your thoughts. Identify the top sources of negativity in your life. These sources can be people, websites, music, and so on.
Once identified, find a way to replace them with sources of positivity.
Exercising on a regular basis can have a profound positive impact on both your physical and mental health. One benefit exercise brings is that it can help relieve inner tension and worries.
You don’t have to plan an extensive trip to the gym to see results as far as your thinking is concerned. Even a simple walk around the block can help.
3. Talk It Over
If you find yourself struggling with negative thoughts and feelings, one way to overcome this is to find someone who is close to you and talk. Not only can this help you vent, but this also can be a great opportunity to reframe negative thoughts in a more positive light.
4. Find a Way to Serve
One way to deal with negative thoughts is to focus on helping someone else. By helping someone else, you give yourself an opportunity to bring positivity into your life. Whether it be helping someone move or merely listening to a friend, helping someone else is a great way to help yourself.
5. Find a Way to Be Grateful
When you are struggling with negativity, it can be easy to forget all the positive things in your life. Try looking through your life and surroundings and find things that you are grateful for.
6. Write Down What You Are Feeling
To rid yourself of negative thoughts, try spending 15 min a day writing down your thought process. Doing this can help you identify how your thoughts are becoming distorted.
Bakersfield Behavioral Healthcare Hospital
Bakersfield Behavioral Healthcare Hospital is dedicated to helping improve the mental wellbeing of our community. Our programs are specifically designed to help patients learn effective skills that can help combat negativity in their lives.
If you or a loved one is struggling with mental health, contact us today. Feel free to also view our free online resources.