Negative thoughts can quickly spiral out of control, leading you to make snap judgments and doomsday-type predictions about your future. You're not alone if this sounds familiar. Research suggests that most of our thoughts are habitual; we think the same ones every day. Even more concerning, 80 percent of those repeated thoughts are negative.
The following tips will help you turn negative thoughts into positive ones.
Employ Favorite Affirmations
Positive affirmations strengthen your resolve and turn your self-talk toward the positive end of the spectrum. Instead of thinking, "I'll never get this project done," you might replace it with a positive affirmation: "I have all the tools and resources I need to finish this project." Write down several affirmations that help you focus on the positives and keep them with you at all times.
Start the Day Right
Negative thoughts occur to some people as soon as they wake up. You might find yourself thinking about all the chores on your to-do list or a dreaded meeting with your boss. To eliminate these thoughts, stay still as soon as you wake up and force yourself to find one thing to get excited about. It could be a favorite breakfast food or the chance to play with your kids.
Question Your Negative Thoughts
In many cases, negative thoughts have no roots in fact. Psychologists call these intrusive thoughts. You might worry about things that could happen in the future, but are unlikely to. Practice questioning your thoughts just like a journalist interviewing a subject. Practice your skills at finding the opposite of the intrusive thought to negate it.
Call a close friend or participate in a psychic chat when you become inundated with negative thoughts. Sometimes, an objective third party's perception helps you transition from negative to positive thinking.
Every time you pass a mirror, pause to smile into it. The act of an intentional smile contradicts negative thoughts and puts you in a joyful frame of mind. It can also reduce stress levels and inspire others around you to smile back.
Focus on Solutions Instead of Panic
When something bad happens, you might feel compelled to focus on your pain, fear, anger, or sadness. To curtail negative thoughts, turn your attention to potential solutions. How can you fix the problem or right the wrong? Using your mental energy to resolve a situation puts you in control and forces negative thoughts from your mind.
Practice Self Forgiveness
You might suffer from negative thoughts if you feel as though you deserve them. In order to forgive others, you must learn how to forgive yourself. Instead of concentrating on your weaknesses or failures, look for the positive aspects of your personality, work ethic, and relationships. Treat yourself kindly just like you treat your friends and relatives.
For many people, negative thoughts inform every moment of every day. If you suffer from negative thoughts, confront potential reasons with your psychic network and work hard to turn every negative thought into a positive one. If you can put an uplifting spin on any situation, you'll watch negative thoughts disappear into the rearview mirror.