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Conquering Your Negative Thoughts

Written by: Rachael Burgess, Executive Contributor

Executive Contributors at Brainz Magazine are handpicked and invited to contribute because of their knowledge and valuable insight within their area of expertise.

 

Have you ever found yourself lost in negative thoughts? Perhaps you've been stuck in a cycle of self-doubt, depression, anxiety, or fear, and you can't seem to break free. Negative thoughts can be all-consuming, and they can have a significant impact on your mental health and well-being.

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The good news is that there are ways to bring back positive thoughts. By adoptingsome simple practices and making a conscious effort to shift your mindset, you can overcome negative thoughts and cultivate a more positive outlook on life.


1. Practice Mindfulness

One of the most effective ways to identify and conquer negative thinking is through mindfulness practice. Mindfulness is all about being in the present moment without judgment or distraction. When you practice mindfulness, you can observe your thoughts and feelings without getting caught up in them. To start practising mindfulness, find a quiet space where you can sit comfortably. Close your eyes and focus on your breath, noticing the sensation of the air moving in and out of your head and body. If your mind starts to wander, gently redirect your attention back to your breath. Over time, practising mindfulness can help you become more aware of your negative thinking patterns and learn to detach from your anxious thought processes.


2. Reframe Negative Thoughts

Negative thoughts can be incredibly powerful, but they don't have to control you. One way to conquer negative thinking is to reframe negative thoughts in a more positive light. For example, if you find yourself thinking, "I'm not good enough," try reframing it with words such as "I am capable of learning and growing." Don't let your cognitive distortion gain control of your life. By reframing your thought pattern, you can shift your mindset and maintain an optimistic outlook. It takes practice, of course, but with time and effort, you can train your mind to avoid negative thinking and concentrate on how to feel happy rather than unwanted thoughts.


3. Practice Gratitude


Practising gratitude is another powerfultool for conquering negative thinking. When you focus on what you're grateful for, you shift your attention away from negative thoughts and feelings. Instead, you cultivate a sense of appreciation and contentment.


To practice gratitude, start by making a list of things you're grateful for each day. It could be as simple as a sunny day or a good cup of coffee. Over time, you'll start to notice the things in your life more readily, and automatic negative thoughts will have less of a hold on you.


4. Surround Yourself With Optimistic People


The people you surround yourself with can have a significant impact on your positive thinking. For one, they won't make you feel sad. If you spend time with negative or depressed people, it can be challenging to maintain an optimistic outlook on life.


On the other hand, surrounding yourself with supportive people, even with a mental health professional, can help lift your spirits and boost your mood.


To take away the power of a negative thought pattern, seek out people who inspire and uplift you. Spend time with friends who make you laugh and feel good about yourself. Join a community or group that shares your interests and values.


By surrounding yourself with positivity, you'll be better equipped to conquer negative beliefs and stop negative thoughts.


5. Practice Self-Care


Taking care of yourself is essential for this kind of mental health condition. Keeping an optimistic attitude can be hard when you're stressed or overwhelmed. By practising self-care, you can reduce stress, overcomenegative thought patterns and avoid making the same past mistakes.


Self-care can look different for everyone, but some common practices include exercise, meditation, reading, and spending time in nature. Find what works for you and make it a priority in your daily routine.


Conclusion


Conquering your intrusive thoughts takes time and effort, but it's worth it. Stopping negative automatic thoughts can help you cultivate a better perspective on life.


With time and consistent effort, you can train your brain to focus on the good rather than the bad. This, in turn, can have a significant impact on your mental health and well-being, improving your overall quality of life and avoiding the same mistakes.


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Rachael Burgess, Executive Contributor Brainz Magazine

Rachael Burgess has been an inspiring entrepreneur for more than 20 years. At the age of 24, she has been serving more than 10,000 customers with her successful cake business, Rachael's DesignaCake. In Australia, she was a consistent small business champion state winner in 2007, 2008, and 2009. Rachael Burgess is not an ordinary entrepreneur. She struggled with dyslexia and became independent at the age of 18. She has faced grief, a 6-year divorce settlement, toxic family members, being a single mom of 4, and even more. But that doesn't stop her from pursuing her passion of helping others who may have gone through the same experiences or even worse. Now, she is a passionate Business and Spiritual coach.

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