Negativethinking is a mental attitude of anticipating the worst possible outcomes on situations, events, and circumstances. It is the ability of the mind to produce thoughts that are not deemed favourable to what we all want. In turn, all of these thoughts really disturb us. It is really difficult for all of us to ignore them. We all need to learn how to change negative thinking and lead a positive life.
Negative thinking appears to be more prevalent than positive thinking. It seems that with most people, positive thinking requires some effort, whereas, negative thinking comes easily, and often uninvited. This has much to do with education and the environment one has been living in.
“It’s better to be an optimist who is sometimes wrong than a pessimist who is always right.” Unknown
You can’t do anything, but worrying or getting angry while facing some tense situation. It happens as negativity surrounds your mind in such situation. It narrows and focuses your thoughts only on one thing. It means that you forget to try to find a way to sort out the problem. The only thing your brain does is worry.
Disadvantages Of Negative Thinking
Lessen Our Self Confidence: Negative thinking lowers down our self confidence and we start believing that we cannot do things. We all stop even trying. We all stop believing in ourselves.
Stops Us From Achieving: Negative thinking hinders us to achieve anything in life.
Happiness: Less happiness and less enjoyment becomes a part of our lives. We are no longer able to enjoy in the social gatherings.
Peace Of Mind: We are not able to have a peaceful mind. Our mind starts being disturbed which in turn affects our other activities. The clarity of our mind goes away.
Feeling Down: The extent of negative feelings can go from anger, frustration, irritability, to even anxiety and depression, passing through many other feelings, none of them pleasant.
Physical Effects: The body lowers its defences , as negativity subtracts from our energy. Because of the emotional negative state we’re in, it’s also easier to see oneself less attractive and not care for our physical needs.
Closing Oneself Down To Possibilities And Flow Of Abundance: When we are in a negative state we do not attract those elements that would make our lives advance; rather we attract the circumstances that support us in thinking something is wrong, and we get stuck.
How To Change Negative Thinking
Meditate or do yoga: One of the first things we can do is that you can join a yoga class. It will take focus away from the thoughts and will bring attention to your breath. Yoga is also very relaxing, which will help u ease your mind.
Smile: Smile is the expression that helps us to be relaxed. U all may have noticed that whenever we see a person smiling, we really feel nice and positive. It really changes our mood and helps to relieve stress. Also by a fact, it takes less muscles to smile than to frown.
Believe in Yourself: Instead of saying, “I cannot”, say, “I can”. Most of the time we can, but we choose to say “cannot”, due to fear, laziness or lack of self esteem.
Stop Over Generalising The Negative Aspect: Whenever something happens, we all analyse the aspect. The thing that we all do not understand is that we all stop seeing the positive aspects and start over-analysing the negative aspects. We all should stop doing it.
Acknowledge Your Progress: Mostly, we all are not happy by what we are and where we are, as we aspire to be somewhere else but its completely okay. Try to acknowledge your progress instead of negative thinking. Aspiring to be more is not bad, but over pressuring ourselves is. So aspire to be more, and do hardwork for it too but don’t forget to analyse your progress. Also never mix analysing oneself for good with ego, they are different.
Stop Forcing Your Own Rules On Life: We start making very tight rules for ourselves and start blaming ourselves for everything. We should stop this. Be a little flexible and try to not be so rigid on yourself.