Squashing negative thoughts can be a difficult task. Everyone, at one point or another, deals with unwanted thoughts. They may be about ourselves or other people. They may be as quiet as a whisper or as loud as a microphone. They may even be slightly concerning. What’s important to remember is that you are not alone. Everyone will deal with negative thoughts at some point. You must also learn the tools to deal with the thoughts. Try to separate yourself from your thoughts — you are not your thoughts. Here are some questions to ask yourself to help stamp out those negative thoughts.
What triggered me?
A trigger is an event that occurs that causes you to feel a certain way. Once you have been triggered, your thoughts and feelings have shifted, usually from positive to negative. Try to identify what caused that shift.
How does my body feel?
Once you realize which emotion you’re feeling, try to realize what you are feeling physically as well. Usually, there are physical symptoms to what we are thinking. Identify what those are and where you are feeling them. This will help you know what area to try and calm down.
What are my thoughts specifically about?
These negative thoughts are usually automatic thoughts. You may feel like you have no control over them, but you can help to stop them. Try and write down everything going through your head. This will help give you a sense of control over what you are thinking. This will also remind you that you are not your thoughts.
What’s the root of these thoughts?
Try to figure out why you are thinking what you’re thinking. Maybe you’re repeating things you’ve heard from others. Or, maybe you are reliving traumas from your past. Getting to the root of the problem is a step in the right direction of stopping these thoughts.
Do I have any evidence that these thoughts are true?
Ask yourself if these thoughts are true. If they aren’t true, put an end to them now. List out the evidence for and against your thoughts. Talk with a trusted friend and ask them their opinions. This is also helping to get to the root of the problem.
Do these thoughts help or hurt me long term?
If your thoughts are not beneficial to you in the long term, get rid of them. You want to be speaking kindly to yourself. If what you are telling yourself isn’t something you’d tell a young child, it’s too harsh for your inner being to hear. If it doesn’t serve you long term, it doesn’t have a place in your mind.
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