Breaking the Cycle of Negative Thoughts
By Randi Morse
Look out the window after you've had a good day and the sun is shining, the wind is peacefully blowing the wind chimes, and the birds are singing a pretty tune. Look out that same window when you're having a rough day and the sun is too bright, the wind chime is annoying, and the birds just won't stop chirping. How we perceive things changes depending on how our mood is. If you are dealing with a cycle of negative thoughts, everything seems negative. Breaking that cycle can be tricky but it is definitely possible.
Your Best Friend
Often we're able to give our friends what we consider to be great advice. Taking our own advice is much more difficult. One way to break those negative thoughts is to be your own best friend. Ask yourself what you would tell your best friend if they were in your situation. Then try to take that advice. It can be hard to change your way of thinking and to be your own best friend, instead of your enemy, but it's a good way to help break the negative thought cycle.
Write It Out
Writing down your frustrations and issues can go a long way toward helping you to get rid of negative thoughts. It can seem strange to start writing everything down, especially if you're not someone who regularly writes. But writing down your thoughts is an excellent way to vent your frustrations and this can often help completely break the negative cycle of thoughts.
Look for Love
Fighting negative thoughts can be exhausting, so instead of doing that, look for things to love. You may have a pet that you love, or you may love reading. Maybe your idea of love is spending a few hours binge watching your favorite show on Netflix. Find something, or someone, that you love and focus on that to help drown out those negative thoughts.
Just Like Meditating
One of the things you first learn when you learn to meditate is how to push away your thoughts. If you think about not thinking, the only thing you can do is think. Instead you learn to acknowledge that you're thinking and then just let it float by. Doing this with negative thoughts is a very helpful way to break the negative thought cycle. Acknowledge that you have negative thoughts and then let them float by and try to reach for a positive thought instead.
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