Letting Go of Negative Thoughts

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Do you often have to battle with dispiriting or negative thoughts in your mind? If yes, know that you are not alone. In our day-to-day life all of us battle with negative thoughts in our mind which prevents us from doing any creative thinking. Generally negative thoughts arise from worry, fear or doubt. At the beginning we look at a problem or an issue and as our mind starts to ponder over it we begin to worry or lose our cool. And if these thoughts go unchecked, it will quickly take control of our feelings and drain our soul of energy.

The problem is not that we have negative thoughts; the problem is that we accept these thoughts as true. These thoughts grip our mind so strongly that we don’t even step back to get a better perspective.

Releasing the negative thoughts…

The first step in getting rid of your negative thoughts is to acknowledge them and releasing them. If you just try to push those thoughts out of your mind, it is not going to work. You need to acknowledge those thoughts and peacefully let them move out of your mind. You will notice that they will come back again. You need to accept that they are returning and again let go of them. You don’t need to fight them to go away; you just need to tell them to keep moving. This “letting go” approach is also practiced in meditation and yoga to improve the ability to focus on the present.

By letting go of your negative thoughts, you have opened your mind. Now you can stay more relaxed and your mind is also open to receive other thoughts. The whole process may take time especially if you have a habit with negative thinking, but eventually your mind will begin to receive more positive thoughts.

Another approach to let go of negative thoughts is to create your own positive patterns of thought. The idea is to make these thoughts come naturally like the negative ones. Try to repeat these thoughts as often as possible. Like say “I am capable of doing this” or “I can handle this” etc. These positive affirmations should knock out your negative thoughts whenever any negative thoughts enter your mind. And with practice, you will be able to do it effortlessly.

Perhaps the most important thing is to let your thoughts simply be. You don’t have to do anything about them because even when you are anxious you can still function well. So when you find yourself battling with thoughts, don’t fight them with more thoughts. Instead use thought that are more positive and If repeated it will become a natural habit.

If you still feel anxious, smile your way out of negativity! The energy that is used for a smile is always positive.

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