Everyone has negative thoughts. It is entirely normal and part of being human. What matters is what you choose to do with those thoughts.
Negative thoughts are just that – thoughts. They can be changed or acted upon depending on the situation at hand, your surroundings, how much sleep you’ve had recently, etc.
7 Tips to Overcome Negative Thoughts and Take Action
If you are looking for ways to deal with negative thinking so that it doesn’t control you anymore, try these seven tips below:
- Use Affirmations
- Take Action
- Change Where You Are
- Do Something You Enjoy
- Get Support From Your Friends
- Learn To Let Go Of The Little Things
- Meditate To Clear Your Mind
1) Use Affirmations
Affirmations are positive statements about the things we want in life and what we believe in. They help us get past our negative self-talk and beliefs about life by telling us something different than what we hear in our heads.
For example, you could say: “I am strong and capable” or “today will be a great day.” Choose statements that resonate with your deeper self and use them when negative thoughts come up.
2) Take Action
When you feel negative, it is often because you are thinking of something that hasn’t happened yet. Pretend like the bad thing never happened and take action anyway.
For example, if you are meeting new people at a party and find yourself thinking: “they aren’t going to like me” or “I won’t have anything in common with them,” take action by introducing yourself and making small talk. Don’t let your negative thoughts stop you from moving forward!
3) Change Where You Are
Sometimes the environment you are in is triggering your negative thoughts. For example, you are sitting alone in an empty room feeling lonely, sad, or anxious. Try changing where you are. Sitting on the front porch or by a window can help. Being outside or in nature is also soothing for many people.
4) Do Something You Enjoy
When we spend time doing things that make us happy, our minds tend to wander away from all the terrible we are thinking about ourselves or life in general. Try enjoying a hobby or activity that you enjoy. It will make you feel better and perhaps shift how you think in the process.
Reading a book that makes you laugh, taking a walk by the ocean or river, reading a blog that inspires you, spending time with a friend or family member who loves you will help get your mind off negative thoughts.
5) Get Support From Your Friends
Friends are great for listening to us talk about our problems, but sometimes we need someone to tell us that everything will be okay and hug us! Try texting or calling your friend(s) if something is bothering you. Have them remind you of all the reasons why things will eventually get better and what good qualities do have as a person.
6) Learn To Let Go Of The Little Things
Life is too short to spend time worrying about the little things that don’t matter in the long run. But, unfortunately, sometimes we overanalyze small situations and turn them into much bigger problems than they are.
Try practicing acceptance and letting go instead of focusing on negative things (what could go wrong) or obsessing because you feel slighted by a specific person. For example, if someone isn’t responding to your text or social media post, don’t sweat it. Life is too short, and there are more important things to think about – like how you can turn that negative thought into positive action.
7) Meditate To Clear Your Mind
Meditation is a great way to clear out all the negative thoughts that get trapped inside our heads from time to time. It also helps us be more present and less caught up in the past or future.
Meditation can be as simple as sitting in silence for five minutes, listening to your breath, and letting thoughts come and go without judgment. It gets easier to let go of negative thoughts over time, and you may find that practicing meditation every day helps tremendously.
Negative thoughts are inevitable, but they don’t have to hold us back! As long as we deal with them quickly and move on, we will be happier in the long run. So, remember these tips next time you feel like negative thoughts are taking over. Also, don’t forget to remind yourself why positive things matter too!
Comment below if you’ve got any other tips that help you get out of a negative mood.