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5 Strategies for Overcoming Negative Thinking

Updated: Dec 19, 2023

Do you ever find yourself trapped in a downward spiral of negative thoughts, plagued by self-doubt, anxiety, and worry? It's a frustrating experience, and it can often feel like there's no way out.

These negative thought patterns can become like a broken record in your mind, replaying the same disheartening messages, such as "I'm not good enough" or "I can't do this." They can weigh you down and drain your motivation, making it challenging to focus on anything positive.

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The good news is that you have the power to break free from this cycle of negativity and start anew. In this blog post, I'll share some effective techniques for banishing those negative thoughts once and for all. So, let's dive in and explore five strategies to help you overcome negative thinking.

How to Overcome from Negative Thinking?

1. Cultivate Self-Awareness

The first step in overcoming negative thinking is to become more aware of your inner dialogue. We often engage in self-critical talk without even realizing it, using phrases like "I'm terrible at this" or "What was I thinking? I can't do this." This is your inner critic at work.

Psychology Today defines the critical inner voice as "self-limiting thoughts and attitudes that exist in all of us and keep us from achieving our goals." To gain awareness of these thoughts, imagine that your inner monologue is being recorded on an invisible tape recorder that only you can hear.

As you go about your daily activities, pay attention to how you talk to yourself. Are you treating yourself with kindness? Are you using pessimistic language? Are you berating yourself? Write down your thoughts, as this can bring subconscious beliefs to the surface.

Remember that your thoughts shape your beliefs and attitudes, which, in turn, influence your behavior and outcomes. It's not just the words you use but also the mental images you create that impact your actions.

2. Surround Yourself with Positivity

Your environment has a profound influence on your thoughts and emotions. To combat negativity, make a conscious effort to create a more positive environment:

- Home and surroundings:Declutter and organize your living space. Surround yourself with items that bring you joy. Consider displaying positive quotes or affirmations to uplift your spirits.

- People:Limit your time with negative or toxic individuals and seek out those who inspire and uplift you. Connect with friends who make you laugh and support your well-being.

- Media consumption: Be mindful of what you watch, read, and listen to. Avoid overly negative news channels and mindless content on social media. Instead, engage with content that inspires and motivates you.

3. Incorporate Physical Activity

Exercise is a powerful tool for improving your mood and reducing stress. While it can be challenging to establish a consistent exercise routine, even small steps can make a difference. Research from the American Psychological Association shows that physical activity can significantly decrease stress and enhance your overall mood.

Start by incorporating movement into your daily life. Put on some upbeat music and dance when no one is watching, create an exercise playlist for walks or chores, or try out short workout videos online. Consider joining a class or sports club in your community for added motivation and accountability.

4. Seek Support

If negative thinking persists and affects your well-being, don't hesitate to reach out to someone you trust—a friend, family member, or even a therapist. Talking about your challenges can provide relief and offer new perspectives.

As the saying goes, "A problem shared is a problem halved." Humans are inherently social creatures, and connection with others is essential for our mental health. Don't underestimate the power of having someone listen, empathize, and provide guidance when needed.

5. Harness the Power of Hypnosis

When negative thoughts seem relentless and keep you awake at night, consider using hypnosis as a tool to reprogram your mind. Marisa Peer's "Getting Rid of Negative Looping Thoughts" self-hypnosis audio can be particularly effective.

Hypnosis delves into the subconscious mind, addressing the root causes of negative thought patterns and rewiring them for positive change. Our subconscious beliefs, formed mainly during childhood, often don't serve us well in adulthood. Hypnosis can help you unearth and replace these outdated beliefs, leading to lasting transformation.

By accessing your subconscious mind and inducing deep relaxation, self-hypnosis allows you to install new, empowering beliefs. It's a way to take control of your thought patterns and create a more positive inner dialogue. As Marisa Peer puts it, "Hypnotherapy works by investigating the scenes and interpreting how they affect you. Changing how you feel on the inside will change how you feel about external events more than you can ever imagine."

Incorporating these strategies into your life can help you break free from the grip of negative thinking and pave the way for a brighter, more optimistic future. Remember that you have the ability to shape your thoughts and beliefs, ultimately influencing your actions and outcomes. Embrace these techniques, and you'll find yourself on a path to greater positivity and personal growth.


Hello,I'm Simin Liang, a subconscious rewiring therapist.  

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