3 Ways to Stop Negative Thoughts and Improve Health
By Genevieve Cunningham
Negative thinking is a really tough habit to break. Most of us speak negatively to ourselves sometimes, but many of us do it almost incessantly. The problem is that we rarely do it aloud, so we often don't notice the negative tone that we take with ourselves. Unfortunately, negative self-talk can lead to serious declines in mental and physical well-being. If you're ready to end these cycles of negativity in your life, take a look at these tips that may help you do it.
Find an Interruption
Once you notice the negative voice in your head, you'll begin to notice it more and more often. Then the trick becomes to interrupt it. Come up with a phrase or sound to make in your head every time the negative voice whispers in your brain. This might be a phrase such as “I hear you but don't believe you" or it could be a sound like a whistle or funny noise. Do whatever works for you because everyone is different. The more you recognize and interrupt the negativity, the fewer times you'll notice it popping up in your head.
Practice on Purpose
Sometimes the best approach is to practice positive language on purpose. Instead of waiting for the negative voice to show up, tell yourself positive things as much as possible. Tell yourself something positive as soon as you wake up. Tell yourself something positive when you get dressed or when you cross paths with a mirror. Be nice to yourself, which is unfortunately easier said than done. The more you speak to yourself in a positive manner, the more of a habit it will become.
Get Some Help
It's always OK to ask for help, even if your biggest problem is negative self-talk. Get help from a therapist, a health coach, or a life coach. Get help from family or friends. Just get help! Getting outside help can change the way you speak to yourself and how you relate to others as well.
Speaking to yourself in an unkind way is a habit, and it's one that can and should be broken. Use these tips to get your negativity under control, and you may find that everything in your life takes a turn in a positive direction.
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