10 Quick Ways to Stop Your Negative Thinking

10 Quick Ways to Stop Your Negative Thinking


Key Points

  • When we’re stressed and unhappy, our thoughts go negative and can be incredibly destructive.
  • By observing your thoughts, you can interrupt the process and stop negative thinking in its tracks.
  • Many people suffer from negativity bias, or the tendency to focus on negative information more than positive information.
  • Using these techniques will change your thinking and your life. But you have to apply them if you want positive results.

Can You Stop Negative Thoughts?

We all know that when negative thoughts spiral out of control, they can lead us to depression or anxiety. But what if there was a way to stop those thoughts before they became a problem?

In this post, I’ll give you some quick and practical techniques to get you started.

Stop Your Negative Thinking

Your Mindset is Key

When we’re upset, stressed, or generally unhappy, our thoughts go negative and can be incredibly destructive. But by paying attention to when and how your negative thoughts start, you can work on interrupting them before they cause too much damage.

This can become an invaluable tool in managing your mental health and well-being. Using these techniques will change your thinking and your life. But you have to apply them if you want positive results. The power is with you – So let’s dive in!

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1. Observe Your Thoughts

Negative thinking can be a vicious cycle. If you’re not careful, it can spin out of control and dominate your thoughts. But by watching your thoughts, you can interrupt the process and stop the behavior. It takes practice, but with time and patience, you can learn to recognize when your thoughts are starting to turn for the worse and take steps to correct them.

“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.”Willie Nelson

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2. Use Emotional Leverage

Negative thinking is a habit and one that can be tough to break.

If you want to stop negative thinking, emotional strength is critical. If you’re feeling down, stressed out, or anxious, the thoughts that swirl around inside your head will be negative. Managing your emotions productively helps keep your negative thoughts at bay.

There are many different ways to be emotionally strong, and it doesn’t mean you have to be tough all the time. When you’re feeling good about yourself, it’s harder for negative thoughts to take hold. Emotional stability is a must if you want to start moving your life in a new direction.

“When I have these negative thoughts and feelings, I like to dig into them because I like to get under them and see what’s in there.” Baron Vaughn

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3. Harden Up

Do you know someone tough? Someone who never backs down, no matter what the challenge? Resilient people are unafraid of negative thinking. They know that intimidation and negativity will never stop them from achieving their goals.

If you’re struggling with negative thoughts, it might be time to learn from the toughness of others. Remember, being tough doesn’t mean being unemotional or insensitive. It means staying strong in adversity and refusing to let negativity get in your way.

“I try not to think about negative thoughts and possibilities and disasters and things like that.” – Rory Cochrane

4. Flip the Script

Pessimism has disastrous impacts on your life. It’s essential to find ways to change your perception and stop the negative thoughts from snowballing.

Pessimistic thought is when your brain is constantly focused on the bad parts of any given situation. It can be exhausting and overwhelming. It often causes us to spiral into a bout of depression or self-loathing. There are ways to break free from your negative thinking, and one of the simplest is to change how you perceive situations.

By reflecting on the good that can come from challenging experiences, instead of the bad, you can start to see your life in a more positive light – no matter what pops up along the way.

“You should tell yourself frequently, ‘I will only react to constructive suggestions.’ This gives you positive ammunition against your own negative thoughts and those of others.” –  Jane Roberts

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5. The Big Red X

“What’s the Big Red X?” I can hear you say. The Big Red X is a pattern-interrupt strategy I’ve been using for years on myself and my clients, and it’s produced some fantastic results!

So how does the Big Red X work?

  • You have a negative thought, say you think about doing something you know you shouldn’t.
  • As soon as you think about it, you form an image in your mind of the unwanted thought/behavior/experience.
  • Immediately place a big red X over that image in your mind, like in a game show when someone answers a question incorrectly.
  • As the X covers the image in your mind, add a sound indicating “no” or “stop.”
  • As the X obliterates the image you had in your mind, hear and feel a firm “no” in your body.

I know you probably think this sounds ridiculous and simple, but guess what? It works!

“I make sure I cut down the negative thoughts and accept the reality there is. If it is going good, it is good.” – Shikhar Dhawan

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6. Swish Patterns

Breaking the habit of negative thinking can be difficult, but it can be done with the help of swish patterns. Swish patterns are a visualization technique that can help you replace negative thoughts with positive ones.

By imagining a scene or experience that makes you feel good, you can train your mind to associate those positive feelings with the thought used to trigger negative emotions. They can be a powerful tool for overcoming depression and anxiety and improving your overall mood.

A swish pattern is a mental contrasting technique that can help interrupt the flow of negative thoughts. Swishing involves visualizing the desired outcome while simultaneously creating an image of the obstacle or challenge preventing you from achieving that outcome.

This dual focus helps break the power of negative thinking and refocus your energy on more positive outcomes.

“If it’s worth feeling bad about, it’s worthy of amnesia.” – Richard Bandler

7. Verbal Override

Verbal overrides are techniques that can be used to control negative thinking. By verbally overriding your thoughts, you eliminate the negative train of thought and replace it with a more positive one. This technique can be helpful in situations where you are experiencing negative emotions.

And it can also be used to prevent yourself from engaging in unproductive or harmful behaviors, like self-sabotage or excessive drinking. If you struggle with negative thoughts, try using verbal overrides to replace them with better ones. You’ll be surprised how effective it is!

“The darkness, the loop of negative thoughts on repeat, clamors and interferes with the music I hear in my head.” –  Lady Gaga

8. Channel Your Negative Energy

Many people suffer from negativity bias, or the tendency to focus on negative information more than positive information. This cycle of negative thinking keeps you stuck, but there is good news: you can use your negative energy to your advantage by channeling it into a more positive direction.

So if your negative thoughts are spinning you out of control, try and channel that energy into something more positive. You can do this through practices like yoga or meditation or simply finding a way to express yourself creatively.

It’s important to remember that it’s okay to feel angry, sad, or frustrated – just make sure that you don’t let those feelings control you. It’s also important to accept yourself for who you are and forgive yourself when you make a mistake. When you make it a habit, you’ll find it easier to avoid negative thinking completely.

“I’m confident in all my fights. You have to be. You have to put any negative thoughts aside.” – Andy Ruiz Jr.

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9. It is What it is (Illusion)

See it for what it is and realize that your thoughts are nothing more than subjective perception, not objective fact. So if that’s the case (which it is), you have the option to choose a different perception. It can be challenging to stop harmful thoughts from creeping in, especially when feeling low or struggling with a problem.

But maybe you need to stop and ask yourself;

  •  “Is this really a problem?”
  • “How am I perceiving this situation/thought/desire?”
  • “How can I see things differently in a more empowering way?”
  • “What else could this mean?”

Running through questions like this puts negative thinking into perspective. You might even realize that it’s all in your mind. You can start to change your negative thinking like you change your socks; by deciding to do so.

“When the negative thoughts come – and they will; they come to all of us – it’s not enough to just not dwell on it… You’ve got to replace it with a positive thought.” – Joel Osteen

10. Write it Out

It’s no secret that writing is therapeutic. Putting your thoughts and feelings down on paper (or into a writing app) can help you make sense of them and even work through them.

By writing out your worries, fears, and doubts, you can take back control of your ideas and start to replace damaging thoughts with more empowering ones.

Simply writing down your worries and concerns can help to improve your outlook on life, putting negative thoughts in their place. When you find yourself trapped in a spiral of negativity, write it out and see the benefits.

“It takes but one positive thought when given a chance to survive and thrive to overpower an entire army of negative thoughts.” – Robert H. Schuller

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