4 Steps for Reducing the Intensity of Negative Thoughts

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Negative thoughts are almost impossible to eliminate from your cognition. Fear, doubt, anxiety, anger, and inadequacy are all emotions that we experience regularly. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to ending these negative thoughts, but there are steps that you can take in order to mitigate and sometimes excise these negative emotions from your thought patterns. It’s very easy to walk down a path of negativity, but here are a few ways to ensure that you always focus your energy back on the positive.

  1. Don’t Beat Yourself Up

If you make a mistake in any area in your life, it’s easy to place an enormous amount of blame squarely on your own shoulders. This, of course, can cause you to feel anxious, inadequate, and depressed. But, it’s important to understand that we all make mistakes. Mistakes are a natural part of life. It’s up to you to focus on the present and keep moving forward. You can’t let past mistakes drag you down. All you can do is keep going and pledge to do better next time.

  1. Change Your Vocabulary

You might not realize it, but the words you use to refer to yourself and your past behaviors or actions can have a marked effect on your state of being. If you say things like, “I’ll never be able to run a mile,” then that may sentiment may come true. But, if you say things like “I can run a mile” or even “I will run a mile,” then you’ll be surprised by just what you can accomplish. This runs parallel to the Law of Attraction. You have to speak what you want into existence. It’s also important to excise phrases like “I should have…” from your daily lexicon. Worrying about what you should have done will get you nowhere. It’s important to focus on what you can do now.

  1. Always Be Encouraging

Even if no one around supports you or gives you praise for a job well done, you should still be your own biggest cheerleader. Encouragement doesn’t have to come from external sources to be effective. Even if you didn’t get everything done how you wanted to, there are still instances in which encouragement is the best option. Say to yourself, “I didn’t get everything done, but I did get a lot done and I did it well.” You should also encourage those around you. Always find something that can be uplifting and constructive about a situation. Then you won’t focus as much on what went wrong.

  1. Accept Compliments Freely

If someone compliments you, don’t wave it away or trivialize its importance. It’s easy to drown yourself so far in a negative self-image that you can’t even accept praise from other people as legitimate. If someone is complimenting you, they mean it. It’s important to learn how to accept compliments as the legitimate gestures of goodwill that they are. Accepting compliments freely also improves your self-image and negates a lot of negativity.

Again, negative thoughts are a common facet of life, but they don’t have to take over your consciousness. Just apply these simple tips to your everyday life and you’ll start noticing a big change.