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When something’s bothering you, getting your mind off of it is easier said than done. Knowing how to avoid negative thoughts and get away from them is very important. It can help you feel better, avoid dwelling on negativity and improve your overall mood. Moreover, constantly replaying negative thoughts over and over in your head, can be unpleasant and counterproductive, and even lead to more anxiety. It’s a vicious circle with a downward spiral, so it’s best to nip it in the bud when possible! Luckily, there are a few ways you can learn how to avoid negative thoughts and refocus your mind onto something positive and pleasant.
How to avoid negative thoughts and feel better
- Do a brain dump
- Delete your negative thoughts
- Channelise positivity
- Show yourself some love
Do a brain dump
When feeling anxious, you will have a lot of negative thoughts that cause fear, worry and concern. A brain dump can help you evade and avoid negative thoughts quickly. For a few minutes, write down all the thoughts that come into your mind and let it all out. Once you’ve dumped out every thought in your brain, you will feel lighter and more relaxed. Moreover, seeing your thoughts out there in a tangible form might even bring you some relief and balance. It will give you a chance to gain perspective and take actionable steps on how to avoid negative thoughts and look at the positive side.
Evolve’s journal section helps you journal your thoughts and can help you do a brain dump if you ever need it!
Delete your negative thoughts
This is a fairly simple activity. You can do this on paper or your phone if you want to be environmentally friendly. Write down all the negative thoughts that are bothering you one at a time. As you finish writing it, clump up the paper and throw it away! In case you’re using a notes app on your phone, once you write it down, delete it. As you delete it or throw it away, let out a sigh of relief. You will feel better and for a while, you can let go of all the negative thoughts in your mind.
Evolve’s guided audio ‘just let go’ helps you avoid negative thoughts and let go of them with an enjoyable and simple visualisation meditation!
Channelise positivity to avoid negative thoughts
Whenever you feel overwhelmed with negative thoughts, try and think of the positives in life. While that is easier said than done, this exercise might help you avoid negative thoughts. Here’s how you do it:
- Take a piece of paper and divide into 2 columns
- On the left side, write down all the negative thoughts in your mind and whatever is bothering you
- Once you’re done, on the right side, write down all the things you are happy about, grateful for and whatever has gone right during the day
- Slowly, start to cross out all the things you wrote on the left side of the paper
- Focus on the right side where you’ve written all the positive things
- Start thinking about these points and realise that even when you were feeling so negative, you were able to find so many positives about yourself and your day
This will help you gain perspective, spread positivity into your day and help you learn how to avoid negative thoughts in the future.
Evolve’s guided audio on ‘channeling positivity‘ helps you feel good about yourself and reduce anxiety within minutes.
Show yourself some love
A simple way to avoid negative thoughts is to fill your mind with love and positive thoughts. Think about your positive qualities and compliment yourself for them. Then, take a moment to acknowledge the fact that you’ve gotten through yet another day. You can even show yourself some love by eating food you enjoy or doing things you are passionate about. These usually have positive and happy memories attached with them, so it floods your mind with positivity and you can get rid of negative thoughts!
Listen to Evolve’s guided audio ‘show yourself some love’ and avoid negative thoughts today!
Knowing how to reduce anxiety instantly, being positive and practicing gratitude can help you avoid negative thoughts over time and feel better.
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How To Show Yourself Some Love & Overcome Anxious Thoughts