Each and every one of us has faced the phases in our life where negativity has taken us over and we feel depressed and feel like we have no more life left.
Whether it’s failing in a subject, getting your heart broken losing your job, or shutting down of your business, negativity affects everyone at some point of time.
The very first thing to do is to accept these thoughts that come into your mind. Now I don’t mean that negative thoughts are good but the first step to change is by accepting the things as they are.
Accepting and Dwelling are two different things.
Accepting means that you have completely accepted the situation as it is instead of making it your identity and attaching yourself to it whereas dwelling means you are not getting over it and just constantly thinking about it, which eventually makes you even sadder.
It is only when you accept things, whether negative or positive, that you will be able to live peacefully throughout your life.
I have purposefully kept the title as “5 Ways to Face Negative Thoughts” and not “5 Ways to Avoid Negative Thoughts” because avoiding it is not a good long term solution.
So let’s look at 5 ways to face any negative thoughts that might come your way:
Most people don’t like to feel sad. But you should completely feel the emotion that you are facing right now.
If you are sad right now, feel it with your whole body! If you are feeling happy, again feel it completely!
Know that you are greater than your emotions. Feeling the sadness doesn’t mean that you will become sadder. It simply means that you know that sadness is not your life. It is just here for a brief visit and it will not stay with you forever.
Sometimes, the best thing you can do is changing your mindset. Mindset alone can transform a negative thought into a positive thought. See the positive in every negative.
Consider for example: If you are at an airport and your flight gets delayed by 3-4 hours. Don’t get upset or angry.
Use this precious time to do some good work like calling your family, calling a long lost friend, or just giving this time to yourself.
This is what is known as accepting the situation as it is instead of dwelling in the thoughts and giving more power to these negative thoughts.
Most of the negative thoughts are just relative. Consider you feel sad because someone else just bought a brand new phone which you can’t afford.
Now, you won’t feel the same amount of sadness if you see someone who can’t even afford a simple mobile phone.
Thus, instead of comparing yourself to someone else, be grateful, and count your blessings. Think about how you are blessed with your healthy body, how you can walk and talk, how you can see this beautiful planet with your eyes because there are sadly many people out there who are not privileged enough to have these blessings that you have.
Instead of getting angry or jealous of someone, strive to make yourself a better person, and help the people to make our world a better place to live in.
Moving around your body doesn’t allow the negative thoughts to stay in your mind for long.
Sitting alone in a corner of a room will make you feel sadder. But, instead, if you just move your body by walking around or dancing a bit, it will release happy hormones which will make you face the negative thoughts strongly.
Try and see it yourself the next time you are faced with any negative thoughts.
Whenever you remain stuck in any negative thoughts and don’t find a way to get out of it, simply write it all out on the paper and throw it in the trash or burn it (with care).
If you don’t want to use paper, write all your negative thoughts out in a mail and delete it like you are deleting it from your life.
This solution is best if you have any deep grudges for anyone. Writing it out makes you feel light and it is very effective.
Everyone has faced times when their mind is filled with all the negative thoughts and even if you haven’t, you will face it soon.
But, now you don’t have to worry because now you know the ways to face these thoughts.
Live life to the fullest because life is too short to keep worrying and spending your time on negative thoughts.