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Thursday, June 3, 2010

5 Tips to Get Rid of Your Negative Thoughts


By Trevor Johnson
Negative thoughts are natural. We all have them from time to time. But when they start to take over your life, you know that it's time to do something about them and stop thinking negative thoughts so often.
1. Catch your negative thoughts early
You probably know when you start to think something negative - you'll know the early warning signs. Nip that thought in the bud! Don't give it chance to breed and fester in your mind.
2. Mind your language
I don't mean the kind of language that you wouldn't hear on television before the watershed. Certain words are just automatically negative. "I could never do that", "There's no way..." and so on. You're thinking those words so swap them out for something more positive whenever you get the chance.
3. Turn off the news
News is almost always negative. Scandal and disaster sell. Happy stories don't get the ratings. Which means that the news is probably the most regular thing you're exposed to on a regular basis. Switch it off or change channel. And don't read the paper either, except maybe for the sports pages.
4. Wear a rubber band on your wrist
And flick it every time you catch yourself having negative thoughts. We react to pain, even small amounts like this. Over time, your body will start to associate negative thinking with pain and will begin to change how you phrase things in your mind.
5. Don't panic when you're not perfect
You likely won't be able to stop thinking negatively all the time. That's fine. Just aim to stop as much as possible - you'll find the quantity of positive thoughts increasing over time as a result of the other tips.
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2 comments:

  1. I just checked out a "talking book" at the public library titled "A Complaint Free World". I haven't listened to whole thing yet; it is a 4 disc set, but Will Bowen, the author, does something similar with rubber band bracelets. When you catch your self complaining, you switch it from one wrist to the other. I like this blog. It's very informative.
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