5 Profound Ways to Control Negative Thoughts
by PL Chang / OmniThoughts
For many of us, controlling our negative thoughts is extremely difficult. Many of us aren’t even aware that we can control them, because our thoughts seem to stream through our mind without us even noticing. In some traditions, this has been referred to as the “monkey mind” because thoughts jump from one to the other without much rhyme or reason. This type of erratic mind can really make us feel exhausted and stressed, because our negative thoughts are running wild and we aren’t able to get control over thoughts of anxiety and worrisome events.
This is due to the fact that we have been conditioned to think like victims since the day we were born, which is why we rely so much on our government and generally lack personal responsibility. Having a victim mentality often produces a lot of negative thoughts, which is why victims often feel stressed and depressed. To stop thinking like a victim, you need to take personal responsibility for your actions. Once you become more responsible, you should be able to reduce, stop or control your negative thoughts.
2. Become aware of your negative thoughts
At our current level of evolution, it is impossible for us to completely stop our mind from thinking negative thoughts. However, if we learn to become more aware of them, we can reduce and control them. If you want to become more aware of your negative thoughts, learn to focus your attention to the present more often. This will help prevent your mind from drifting off into space, causing you to daydream less and allowing you to be more aware of your thoughts.
3. Avoid concentrating too much on the past and future
For many people, the mind will play out situations that have happened in the past, or situations that could happen in the future. These thoughts, especially about the future, can be seriously stressful and disabling. If we continuously play out possibly outcomes for a situation, we may be scared into even acting and making a decision on a particular issue.
The constant thoughts about what could happen can create anxiety over a situation that hasn’t even happened yet. Can you see why this would be exhausting? If you are feeling constant stress and anxietyover the future, you are never able to fully engage in the present. So, begin noticing when your thoughts have led you too far into the future, or way back into the past. Of course some forethought is necessary, and reminiscing is nice, but not if it causes you anxiety over things you can’t change in the moment. The key is to find a balance between the past, present and future, so that you aren’t constantly bombarded with negative thoughts.
4. Develop a plan to manage negative thoughts
When you are able to catch your mind and thoughts wandering on a regular basis, then it is time to implement a plan and begin making a change. This can really be whatever works for you and inspires you to stay present. It could be as simple as saying to yourself “be present” or “this moment is all we have.” These simple phrases remind us that we can only make changes and decisions in the current time and with the resources we have. We can have hopes and dreams for future decisions, but we can only get to those future moments by acting rightly in the present. If you catch yourself thinking a lot of negative thoughts, or you are engaging in a long thought train of events in the future, you can use your plan to bring your mind back to the present. You can say, “I am releasing these thoughts and worries, and the answers will come to me when the time is right.”
5. Surround yourself with positive people
People who like to think positive thoughts often emit a happy vibe that is contagious. As a result, when you are around them, you feel happy, causing you to let go of negative thoughts. Positive people often behave and act in ways that don’t generate a lot of negative emotions. Because of this, you will experience less stressful situations when you surround yourself with positive people. With less stress, you should be able to stop and control negative thoughts better.
This article was written by Jacqueline and PL.
This article was share with written permission from author.
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