6 Tips to Eliminate Negative Thoughts

Written by Dr. Veena Madhankumar and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team

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Negative thoughts can never do good for you or the people around you. Too many negative thoughts can end up making you feel a lot worse and this will become a vicious circle. If you are a person who constantly has negative thoughts and are not aware of how to let them go, we are here to help you today.

Here are a few specific techniques that can help you get rid of negative thoughts.

 
 

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1. Live in the moment

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Staying in the past and making uninformed assumptions about the future is what usually gets us anxious. Getting anxious about the present is something scarce. Remember the fact that you cannot change what happened in the past and you have very little control over what can happen in the future. The present is the only time period which you can have control over. Thinking about how you can deal with the present is the only logical thing to do. Make sure you let go of the past once you have learned from it and give your best in the present so that your future will be great.

 
 

2. Practice positive affirmation

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Keep reminding yourself what a strong person you are. Try to remind yourself of situations where you have been proud of yourself. Wake up on a positive note every morning. Make sure your first thought of the day is positive. Irrespective of whether it is a tedious Monday morning or a lazy Saturday morning, make sure you start off with a positive note. This will set your mind in a good mood and help you get things sorted out.

3. Don’t dwell

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Focus on what is upsetting you, and look for ways to fix it. If fixing is not a possibility, learn your lesson, move on and make sure not to get into a similar situation again. Constantly rethinking the situation as to what you could have done to not make it happen will only waste your time and get you in a bad mood. Learn to accept the reciprocations of your actions and move forward.

4. Get moving

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A good workout session can always make you feel better since it releases a lot of endorphins into your system. A minimum of 15 to 20 minutes of rigorous physical activity will make you feel a lot better. It can be anything from cycling or weight lifting, whichever you are comfortable with.

5. Face the fear

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Never hesitate to deal with your fears. With increasing fear, your negative thoughts also increase along with them. Henceforth make it a point to do things you fear as a first priority. Fear is always a part of our life, this is a fact that cannot be changed. Facing our fears and learning how to deal with them can build your self-esteem.

6. Try new things

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New experiences in your life, whether big or small, helps you build your self-esteem and provide satisfactory feeling. Make sure you say “yes” more than you say “Yes, but”. Go out today and do something you were too afraid to do before. This will make your life more exciting and keep negativity at bay.

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