Driving away negative thoughts doesn’t require as much effort, but it can be a serious battle. You can’t make it go away, but instead, need to develop a longstanding strategy for driving them away and keeping them out for good.
#1: Admit you have a problem
It can be downright impossible to do self-reflection on this topic because we often don’t pay attention to your own words or body language. One helpful way to be aware of your level of self-defeat attitude and negativity is to create a chart with two sides.
- On one side, write down all your positive thoughts that day.
- On the other, write down all your negative thoughts. You’ll be amazed by how much negativity the average person keeps in their head.
Getting your body moving is great for changing your mood and your thoughts. You don’t have to run a marathon or swim across the English Channel to make that kind of change…you can just step up, take a walk, do some jumping jacks, or dance. That’s right…dance. Try turning on your favorite music and moving and grooving for a few minutes; see if you’re feeling negative afterward.
#3: Practice Gratitude
If making a list of your thoughts was the first step to recognizing your negativity problem, building a positive list could be the first step toward solving it. Make a list of all the things you’re grateful for. Having trouble coming up with a list? How about your breath, your pulse, your sight, and all the other basic amenities we take for granted? Once you start writing your list out, you will find that it snowballs and fills your mind with positivity.
#4: Talk about it
Find a friend, family member, therapist, or coach to listen to your problems without judgement, and without recommendation (unless you want it). You could also pray, journal, or craft an art project around your feelings. Once they’re out there, you’ll find yourself magically unburdened of negative thinking.
#5: Change your language
Take stock of the vocabulary and phrases you use regularly, as you did in point #1. This really helped me since my own coach helped me realize that just to change your mindset about our thoughts really helped! Eliminate negative phrases and words from your lexicon, and watch your thoughts change as well. You should also take note of your body language and posture. Try not to slouch, and above all, smile!