For most people, when something bad happens, or when they are anticipating something bad, they easily get lost in their negative thoughts.
However, when we do this, we deny ourselves the enjoyment of present happiness.
There are different methods by which you can avert negative thoughts. Below are some of the ways to rid yourself from negative thoughts:
1. Cultivate The Art Of Mindfulness
Learning how to stop thinking negative thoughts starts with learning to cultivate mindfulness. Why? Because if you aren't mindful of your thoughts, then you are simply allowing them to roam free and distract you from what's going on NOW.
By being more mindful, you are more present which means you are living in the moment and not distracted by the past, future, or any 'circumstantial' situations.
Become the observer of your thoughts, question them, and you'll soon come to realize that you control your thoughts - not the other way around.
2. Make Meditation A Daily Ritual
Meditating is an effective tool for gaining control over your thoughts. Through daily meditation, you'll learn to shut out that nagging voice in the head and instead focus on being more mindful and in tune with your consciousness.
Basic mindful meditation is perfect for mastering your thought processes as you'll train your mind to acknowledge thoughts without allowing them to distract you from being present, focused and most importantly - POSITIVE.
3. Empower Yourself With Positivity
Have you ever stopped to consider how external sources affect your own state of consciousness?
Negative programming is detrimental to your own thought processes. Aim to surround yourself with positive people who make you feel good and raise your vibration, but more importantly, you need to be mindful of external sources of information.
Switch off the news and other negative media and empower yourself with feedback and solicitations that are positive in nature such as watching motivational seminars, reading positive quotes.
4. Stop "Labeling" Yourself
If you're constantly ridiculing yourself with negative thoughts such as "life is so unfair,” “why does my life suck," then you are negatively programming your belief system.
The problem is that this can become a vicious cycle in which you lower your self-worth, opening doors for more negative thoughts to surface.
Again, use mindfulness to alert yourself to these thought processes and refrain from labelling yourself. When self-destructive thoughts do surface use affirmations to correct them.
5. Challenge Your Thoughts
Oftentimes, your thoughts are future tense meaning they carry little significance in terms of truth, they are hypothetical. So when negative thoughts do surface, challenge them.
Ask yourself, "Is there any significance or truth behind what I'm thinking?" You will soon realize that your negative thoughts are a manifestation of your imagination.
Also, by questioning your thoughts, you are training the mind to habitually stop thinking negatively through mindfulness.
6. Learn From Past Mistakes
The past is the past and there's nothing you can do to change it. We all make mistakes and have regrets that creep up on us from time-to-time but using the past against yourself resolves nothing.
Each mistake presents an opportunity to learn and grow as a person. So instead of getting bogged down and focusing all your mental energy on past situations, learn to accept past mistakes as a learning curve and leave them where they belong - in the past.
Negativity denies us the possibility of present happiness and we should strive to get rid of them by following our suggested tips.
Hence, making it possible for you to take control of your inner dialogue and be able to think positively.