We have all been there.Those times when you feel lost – negative – struggling – weighed down.
And it can be hard. Really hard. To think that there will be brighter and better times. Or that what’s bothering you will settle and not take up so much space in your thinking. Or that you will be able to push through the fear that’s pulling at you and do what your heart is calling it to do.Sometimes when we feel so overwhelmed we can think that there is ‘no way out’ but there always is – and for the better.
And in my experience coaching and counselling people it’s not always the big, grand and bold steps that make the biggest difference. It’s often the little ones. The baby steps. That when all strung together add up to firstly subtle, then not so subtle, then beyond subtle changes in your life where you feel like you’re BACK. BACK baby! And if you’re reading this and feeling ‘Gawd – she’s talking about me’ – then I totally want you to get that sense of self back.
Here are 10 ways to stop thinking negative thoughts I often give or encourage within my clients who are dealing with things such as fear or negative thought patterns. Take them and run beautiful you….
Ways To Stop Thinking Negative Thoughts
Slow down and question your thoughts. Ask yourself ‘What’s really going on here?’ instead of blinding believing that negative thought that’s telling you you’re not good enough or can’t do something is right. Is it really right? Really? Give yourself the chance to find out by at least questioning it.
Breathe. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and stuck inside your head, put down what you’re doing or shift from where you are and take five big deep breaths in and out. Fill your lungs with oxygen. If you can step outside and do it – there’s big bonus points for that.
Write it out. If you’re having trouble expressing out loud what’s deeply troubling you, pick up a lovely notebook and pour your heart out in words. Read over it gently and without self-criticism. Where can you see options for taking positive action?
Break the cycle. You will never get a different result if you keep doing the same thing over and over again. So have a brainstorm with yourself or simply make the decision to go about your day or the solving of a particular issue differently. Switch things up. You’ll be amazed at what might happen – for the good.
Ask for help. It’s a courageous, self-caring and positive thing to do. A friend, a loved family member, a professional – go to your ‘go to’ people.
Clean up and out. It’s super hard to think positively and be action orientated if you are surrounded daily by clutter and mess. You need flow and space and energy to surround you if you want those things for yourself – so clean down that desk, freshen the house up and give away to charity things that are taking up space in YOUR space. Watch yourself flow and feel better as a result.
Get creative. When was the last time you did something fun and creative and soul giving just….because? Letting your creative juices come out to play through painting, furniture restoration, drawing, mosaics, writing – anything you love – so often lights up your brain cells in a way that then allows you to think about things differently and with more clarity and positivity.
Move your body. Turn up your favourite tunes and dance. Strap on your sneaks and go for a walk. Pump it out at a gym class you love. Wrstle with your dog in the backyard. Talk your kidlets to the park and PLAY with them – not just watch. Get your blood and endorphins pumping. It’s a total thought and mind shifter.
Make a vision board. If you’re stuck and thinking there’s no way out – create a beautiful pin board filled with images, quotes, textures and trinkets you love and a vision of where you truly want to be when you are unstuck. Let it increase your manifestation mojo and give you a beautiful representation of where you want to go and how you want to feel. The chances of it happening when you can visibly see it increase stratospherically!
Be compassionate and caring. Towards you. So often when we are dealing with a negative mindset we then beat ourselves up for HAVING the negative mindset which only makes things worse. Ease up on you ok? Think and act compassionately and with love and care towards yourself. Ask yourself what someone who loves you would recommend? And do it.
Wishing you many posetive thoughts beautiful you. What are your ways to stop thinking negative thoughts or a down mindset? I’m sure your wisdom could really help others.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get rid of unwanted mind thoughts?
Slow down and question your thoughts.
Write it out.
Break the cycle.
Ask for help.
Clean up and out.
Move your body.
Be Compassionate and caring.
How do I stop my thoughts?
Think and act compassionately and with love and care towards yourself. Ask yourself what someone who loves you would recommend? And do it.
What is meant by negative thinking?
Sometimes when we feel so overwhelmed we can think that there is ‘no way out’ but there always is – and for the better.