Pep Talk

How to tackle negative thoughts

Positive and negative thoughts are a part of everyone’s life. Yet most of us get worried as to why we had negative thoughts creeping into our heads. Nonetheless, here are some tips to tackle negative thoughts.

Identifying A Thought

Firstly, we need to identify the kind of emotion that has crossed our mind. Is it a thought, feeling or action? A thought is a most common phenomenon. For example, a negative thought could be stealing money from a friend’s wallet. Now you need not worry about this. Just because you thought of this, doesn’t mean you will do it. A feeling is where you want to go and pick out money from your friend’s wallet and action is the part where you have given into your negative thought and gone and done it. In all this, there’s good news. All negative thoughts can be controlled, converted and replaced with a happy or a positive thought.

What To Do When A Negative Thought Creeps In

Simple, take it in and throw it out. Some can do it as simply as this, while for others it can take some time. People who worry take a bit longer to overcome a negative thought than non-worriers. But it is not to say that negative thoughts cannot be overcome at all. As soon as you get a negative thought try and identify it – is it a thought, feeling or action. As soon as you identify the negative emotion, you can objectively view it and discard it. Get busy with things like studying, sports and reading or hobby classes and don’t allow negative thoughts to creep in. And even if it does, so what? Develop a ‘So what!’ attitude and you will notice a difference.

Negative Thoughts And You

Most of the times, we end up blaming a situation or a person for our negative thoughts. But the fact is we ourselves are responsible for our own happiness. You can choose to be happy or sad. Hence, you can choose to think positive or negative. Remember it’s all in your mind and to overcome it, you need determination and will power. Having faith in the almighty is another weapon against negative thoughts. Imagining the worst case scenario allows you to look at negative thoughts in the face and it will stop bothering you.

For, published on May 28, 2007.

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Tanya is a graduate in Sociology from Sophia College, Mumbai, a post-graduate in Communications and Media from SNDT Women’s University in Mumbai and holds a Master's Degree in Journalis & Mass Communications from Chandigarh University. A former writing mentor and a seasoned lifestyle writer, Tanya writes columns on The Lifestyle Portal of life and living.

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