How To Stop Negative Thinking


If you are one of those people who simply cannot refrain from negative thinking, this is a
must read. Unfortunately, this type of thinking can badly affect all aspects of your life; it can
consume you, drag you down and overwhelm your mindset.

Negative thinking can be challenged and changed through strategy, knowledge and behavior.
You have to understand the cause of your negativity and change the way in which you see
those situations. Remember: Even those who seem to have it all perfectly put together in
“happy land” have to resist negative thinking in it’s tracks. It takes work, but once you make
it a part of your life to be more positive it becomes easier and easier. How we think shapes
our lives, so naturally we want to do everything we can to make the best of it.
Here are a few things that psychologists suggest may help in our quest to combat negativity.


Negative thinking is exacerbated by an irregular sleeping cycle or by the lack of sleep. There
is a link between depression, negativity and sleep deprivation. Try to develop a sustainable 8-
hour sleep cycle for a prolonged time. If 8 hours is just not possible, it’s worth trying to
rework your schedule to get the most shut eye you possibly can.

Keep a journal

Keeping a journal is not only for teenagers. Adults are encouraged to keep a journal in which
you can write your negative thoughts. How is this helping? Negative thoughts are ambiguous
and formless in our minds, making it hard to solve them through verbal reasoning.
Translating your negative thoughts into words and giving them an actual meaning, you will be
able to review them and identify common themes or specific triggers. Sometimes just seeing
our nonsense written down on paper will be enough to make us laugh! This process will also
make you feel comfortable with expressing your thoughts openly, making it easier to solve
interpersonal issues and manage relationships.

Do not think in extremes

Life is not black and white, so stop thinking of the worst scenario when you are faced with a
problem. You will not be able to see the positive side of any situation or embrace the subtle
nuances of life.
Try to find a middle ground and see both the negative and the positive possibilities that exist
within any given situation. You will find it easier to create a list that will guide you through
this process.

Accentuate the positive

Negative thinking clouds your judgment, even when a situation ends with a positive outcome.
In this case, your mind will minimize the positive outcome or it will prevent you from seeing
any positivity at all.

Let's say for example that you are given a pay rise, but one that is lower compared to your
colleagues. Instead of focusing on the negative part, why not be happy for the offer and also
consider the fact that others have received less or no raise at all?
Perception is key. Try to instantly balance a negative observation or thought with a
contrasting positive one. This will help you get into the habit of widening your sense of

Actively seek out positives

Life happens. We must admit that there are situations that can be instantly perceived as
being wholly negative and this is the worst scenario for a person who is prone to negative
thinking. BUT, it’s also one of the things that can help lift our mood instantly and help us deal
with life in a happier way.

For example, you are at the airport and your flight has just been delayed. Obviously, this is a
negative situation. Instead of focusing on what is negative, turn to the positive side. You have
time to eat something, to finish your work or to enjoy some retail therapy. I usually end up
going a little deeper and tell myself that maybe I am being protected from something harmful by getting home hours later, or am supposed to meet someone impactful while waiting. Giving my guardian angels the credit. The key here is to distract yourself from negative thoughts.
Always do your best to seek out the positive side and perceive any negative situation as an
opportunity. It really is amazing how we can harness the power of our own thoughts to create a happier, more positive life just by guiding our thinking.