We all have our highs and lows at a specific point in life. No one’s life is solely a bed of roses. In the influence of such events, our mind also goes through a continuous load, unload, and reload process of thoughts—sometimes positive, most of the time negative. Not to surprise, our mind attracts negative things more easily. Our mind has the power of convincing that is not really true every time. These false narratives ignite negative thinking.
Then what makes us different from others if everyone’s life is swinging at the same point? The difference that makes us different neither the looks nor the environment; it is the perspective to see the problems and our move towards the thoughts.
The study says, an average person’s mind crosses 6,200 thoughts per day; suppose if thousands of views would only be negative per day, what would be the status of Mental Health. Similarly, what would be the impact on Mental Health if the mind grasps only positive thoughts? With the entry of negativity, the very first thing that goes at stake is our Mental Health.
Negative thoughts can vanish the mental peace in a fraction of a minute by taking over it in the form of Jealousy, Over-competitiveness, Superiority/ inferiority complex, fear, anxiety, regret feeling, greed, blame on self or others, and so on.
Reasons Of Negative Thoughts:
1). Overthinking: When we start thinking of others’ actions more than ours, gradually we start expecting someone to do things in our way, which is absolutely a wasting of time and energy.
2). Jump To Conclusion: Presumptions of negative outcome without paying heed to the facts, has optimum chance to invite the disasters of irrationality.
3). Mental filter: When one focuses on single negative thing by becoming blind from all the positive aspects.
4). Polarized Thinking: When person starts to see the things in extreme way either perfect or a total failure. He fails to balance himself under the banner of average.
5). Personalization: One starts taking everything on him/her or we can say starts believing whatever happens around because of him/her.
6). Always Being Right Tendency: ‘You are right’ or ‘ you might be right’ are the things that gives space to conversation. Negativity encounters when person has firm belief in ‘Only I am right’. Opposite to this everything become unacceptable for person.
Ways To Deal With Negative Thoughts:
The best thing is that things are still under our control. By magnifying the self-assessment lens to spot the change and turning it into better engagements, we can save our energy and Mental peace.
Identify Your Distortions: Make a list of your negative thoughts that come to mind as an effect of a cause. Scan the options. Tick anything that is more than a life, a family, or a friend. Then think of the outcome of the incident. Is that really going to ruin your identity personally or professionally? If the answer is NO, you will find how to bring back the mountain of irrational thoughts to molehills.
Practice Gratitude: Feeling grateful has a significant impact on the mind and body. Keeping a gratitude journal writing every day is the best way to do this.
Focus On Your Strengths: The more you focus on your strengths rather than paddling in blame game, the easier it will be to breathe in the breeze of positivity.
Listen Positive Audio: Trusted and tried. While taking a walk or while nap time or any relaxing moment, give few minutes in listening to something positive, affirmative audios, that roams all day in your mind restricts the space for any irrational thoughts.
Mindfulness Meditation: The Practice of Meditation make us learn the art of ‘Let It Go.’ Meditation isn’t about becoming a different person, a new person, or even a better person. It’s about training in awareness and getting a healthy sense of perspective. You’re not trying to turn off your thoughts or feelings. You’re learning to observe them without judgment. And eventually, you may start to better understand them as well.
Renovate The Thinking process: Block the end that enforces your mind to flow in the negative direction. Try to project the positive side of the picture; if it brings positivity to your mind, dwell in it. Conversely, if it turns you to the dark side of negativity, play smart, put the board ‘Road Blocked’ up-straight there.
The most excessive cause of negative thinking can be mental health conditions such as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) or Anxiety Disorder (GAD). Again here I would repeat, negative thoughts may lead you to the dead-end, but you have more ways to save yourself from the trap of the devil’s thoughts before that end. Only the thing you have to accept it, assess it, and work on it. Nothing is above the wellness of your Mental health.
Have you ever found yourself trapped in any form of negativity? How did you escaped from it? Do share!!
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