Learn the art of stopping unhelpful thoughts.
There will be times that no matter how you much you want to do well and feel good, you kept getting pulled down by the negative and unhelpful thoughts inside your head. It can be a challenge to stop those thoughts from taking space in your mind, but there are effective ways on how to do it.
How To Stop Unhelpful Thoughts
1. Do relaxation exercises
Here is a relaxation exercises that can help you in stopping unhelpful thoughts.
Video: Stopping unhelpful thoughts
Visit our online courses page for more mind relaxation exercises.
2. Start your day right
The number one thing that works well in stopping unhelpful thoughts is by starting the day early and having a list of things that you want to accomplish. Have a satisfying and healthy breakfast, and while you are at it, make your to-do list.
This way, you are going to keep yourself busy and you have framework to follow. This is going to hit two birds with one stone. One, you get to be productive; and two, you get to have a feeling of accomplishment every time you cross something off your list. Both are effective ways on stopping unhelpful thoughts.
Learn more: How to Have Only Peaceful Thoughts Before Bed
3. Get moving
It will also help if you work out! Whenever you are crippled by unhelpful thoughts, push yourself to work out. You do not have to go to the gym; you can just go for a short run or a long walk!
This is going to be therapeutic because your mind will be focused on something else and your body will work its way to release the stress and breathe away all the negativity.
Stopping unhelpful thoughts through exercise is not just going to make you mentally healthy; your physical health will benefit, too!
Learn more: 6 Effective Exercises To Stop Negative Thoughts
4. Surround yourself with positivity
While pushing away negativity can be difficult, sharing positivity with others is very easy. Positivity is contagious, so if you feel like you are clouded with too much unhelpful thoughts, go out and do good to other people.
All you need to do is go out and look around you. It might be a kitten stuck in a tree that needs your help, or maybe a little kid in the park whose shoelace needs to be tied, or maybe your next-door neighbor needs a hand in getting the groceries inside her flat.
These small things will give a smile on other people’s face, and seeing their smiles and grateful eyes will be a good way to stopping unhelpful thoughts.
5. Abide by the Law of Attraction
Living by the Law of Attraction is also another way of stopping unhelpful thoughts. Every morning, fight the negative thoughts by affirming how beautiful the day is going to be. Look into the mirror, look into your eyes, and verbally say,
Today is going to be a good day!
…or if your negative thoughts revolve around your relationship, say
This too shall pass. Everything is going to be all right.
If you have just ended a very long relationship, release a deep sigh, smile, and tell yourself,
You are a beautiful person, you will get through this, and you will love and be loved again.
Saying these positive things out loud is going to help you convince yourself and believe that not everything has to be all negative. Something good is coming — you just need to be hopeful and positive about it.
6. Stop dwelling in negative and unhelpful thoughts!
It is always a good idea to not isolate yourself if you are having the blues.
Go out and have fun.
Instead of sulking at the corner of your room or sitting by yourself in the park, get connected with friends that you haven’t talked to in a while. Surround yourself with positive people.
Be with the people who you know cares for you genuinely. You just need to put yourself out there. As long as these people you’ll be spending time with are happy and have a positive mindset, then you’re going to come out successful in your quest to stopping unhelpful thoughts.
Learn more: 6 Techniques To Stop Disturbing Thoughts
7. Be grateful for the little things
Appreciating the little things around you will be a huge help in stopping unhelpful thoughts from taking over your life. Instead of magnifying the negativity, start on highlighting the good things.
Be thankful and grateful about the little things that you normally choose not to notice. It could be the fine weather, that you were right on time at work, or that the barista finally got the spelling of your name right!
8. It’s OK to rant. Really!
Having someone to vent all these negative thoughts will actually help. Aside from finally letting out all these bottled-up negative thoughts, you will also get someone’s perspective. It’s always a good thing to hear out someone else’s thoughts about the things that you are dealing with.
9. Just admit that you have negative and unhelpful thoughts, and then move on
One of the most effective ways to avoid these negative thoughts from taking over your head and your life is by facing them.
Be very honest with yourself.
What are these negative and unhelpful thoughts? Are there any valid reasons for them to be kept inside your head? Is there a reason for you to keep entertaining them? Can you actually do something about it? Is there a way for you to stop all these unhelpful thoughts?
The only person who has the answer to these questions is you. Maybe it’s also time for you to confront these thoughts. By doing this, you should be faced with two situations. First, you get the answers and use this information to finally push the negative thoughts away. Second, you will come up with the realization that these thoughts are not relevant at all and you will just stop thinking about it.
Remember that you are not alone. Everyone has their share of problems, but always remember that no matter how uncontrollable you think the negativity is, there are more positive things to be thankful for. Negativity does not deserve a space in your head, heart, and life. Just the mere fact that you woke up today is a huge positive thing already. That should be enough to give you hope that you’ll be able to stop unhealthy thoughts.