Negative thoughts cause stress and pressure; you sense their weight in your body and mind.
Too much stress lowers your immunity. The cascade of chemicals released in your body (even on a low level) if pervasive, takes it’s toll and makes fighting off colds and the flu hard.
Negative thoughts are associated with anxiety. Too much anxiety can make you chronically exhausted and may increase your risk of developing depression. You can’t always think happy thoughts, but you can let go of irrational, critical self-talk. You can also learn to release the destructive imagery that can take hold of your mind.
Negative thoughts can arise as an inner voice. You may experience a constant inner dialogue that is destructive and damaging to your sense of wellbeing. At other times, anxiety-inducing images can occur quickly and without warning. Negative dialogue can also take the form of ongoing little movies that run in your head, offering sad replays of the past or a potentially unhappy future.
Even though you don’t want these thoughts, they are not your enemy. They are simply reflections of your mental state. You might imagine they create your mood, but feelings come before thoughts. For instance, you would not imagine a robber was likely to invade your home unless you already feared the possibility of the incident occurring.
Such a fear might grow from listening to stories of crimes on the news or hearing about a friend who was mugged. These stories present possibilities that may or may not happen. The first step to reducing such thoughts is to stop fighting them and see them for what they are.
Change your mental state
If you are plagued by fear, it’s time to learn how to relax and calm your mind. To achieve this aim it’s necessary to take care of yourself; you need to exercise, eat well and sleep get adequate sleep. A poor physical state does not help you relax. This is because your body and your mind have a bidirectional influence on each other.
Once you develop a self-care routine you will be ready to improve your mindset. Mentally step back from unhelpful thoughts.
Become a witness.
Realize you are not your thoughts.
Reduce the power of negative thoughts by labeling their content. Understand they are reflective of emotions that pass such as sad, angry, or fearful. Do not linger on the details.
For example, if you are upset about not making a good impression when you meet someone new, there’s no need to go over it again and again in your mind. Do not analyze what you did or said. Narrow the experience down to the emotion that it presents, and understand what you felt; such as insecure.
Discovering the sentiment or attitude behind a thought can help reduce stress. It can stop the ongoing repetition of painful memories. It can also help you understand what to do next. If you’re insecure like in the example, you can take steps to build your self-esteem.
Soothe your mind
You can ease your mind to change your emotions too. Laugh, enjoy the sunshine, and be among good friends and nature to reset your thoughts and make them upbeat. Likewise, lively music, meditation, tai chi, or yoga can do the trick.
When negative thoughts flow, name them, labeling them in terms of emotions. Those pesky details will disappear, and you’ll gain distance from them. At the same time, take care of your needs so you don’t contribute to pressure. Eat, sleep, exercise, and soothe your mind with calming or uplifting behaviors.
Bear in mind negative thoughts aren’t your enemies. They are just a reflection of what you are focusing on. Your psychological state is influenced by your physical condition and what’s happening in your life. Acknowledge your thoughts and feelings and be kind to yourself. As a result, the critical voice in your head will be calm and you’ll let go of anxiety.
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