When life becomes stressful many individuals, both young and old, resort to negative thinking. Using statements that start with, “What If or Never” can be a sign that your mind is becoming stuck in a negative pattern. This negative thinking pattern or thought distortions can lead to disruption in your daily life, anxiety and difficulty coping with life’s stressors.
When you notice negative statements creeping into your daily thoughts, there are a few things that you can do to help change your mindset to a more positive outlook.
Take a moment to rephrase your thinking through examining the facts. What evidence is there that supports the perceived catastrophic outcome? What evidence is there against your negative thought process? May times writing out a “For or Against “ list will help you gain a greater insight into your situation and dispel negative thoughts.
Focus on your strengths and positives! This can be done through making a list of all your positives, strengths, and utilize positive self-talk. Reminding yourself that you are special and in control can help elevate anxiety and negative thoughts surrounding a situation.
Talking with a trusted friend is a good ways to combat the negative thoughts that can creep into our minds and allow us to feel support. Seek out support from other.
Although there is no quick fix to combating negative thinking patterns, these few steps will help put you on the right path to a more positive thought process.