The human mind and psyche are pretty fragile and should be handled with care. Although our brain can handle a lot of negative stuff, only positive thinking can keep it healthy and working at an optimal rate. And, although we all know about the importance of positive thinking, all of us get stuck in a negative zone more often than not.
Negative thoughts are like a train you can’t stop. They can come out all of a sudden and ‘attack’ your psyche relentlessly. Negativity begins in the mind and manifests in different ways, each one worse than the other. It often manifests in disturbing ways and as soon as it nests in our mind, it can take a life on its own.
Negative thoughts can lead to anxiety and most certainly depression and other problems. They are the root of all evil, but unlike positive thoughts, we can’t banish them in minutes. Luckily, the cool thing about the human brain is that it can be retrained. For example, you can learn how to handle negative thoughts like a boss and give way to positive thinking.
Here are a few ways to handle disturbingly negative thoughts:
Realize that Thoughts Are Only Thoughts
Whenever a slew of negative thoughts ‘attack’, you need to remind yourself that they’re only that – thoughts. Thoughts are essentially tiny secretions of neurotransmitters. We get thousands of these per hour and we give some conscious consideration and meaning. The only problem is that our mind picks to give the weight to negative instead of positive stuff. That’s a bit weird, but it’s the perfect example of negative psychological attachments at work.
This is what keeps us stuck to angst and they’re pretty powerful. However, if you keep reminding yourself that thoughts are nothing more than thoughts, you’ll learn how to deal with them better.
Critical and Blatant Negativity is Normal
Since negative thinking is not socially acceptable, many people don’t want to admit what goes on in their heads. What you need to realize is that even the most successful and happiest people in the world have negative thoughts every once in a while. It’s completely normal to have them no matter if you’re a man, a woman, young or old.
Once you realize that blatant and critical negativity is normal, you’ll give way to positive thinking. It’s easier when you know that you’re not alone. Acknowledge that it can happen to anyone, and you’ll be able to handle negative thoughts like a boss.
There’s Always a Way Out
No matter how bad things look, there is always a solution. There’s no magic wand that can help you make things better, but if you’re willing to work, you can get to the underlying problems and deal with your negative thoughts.
You will deal with them by working on the underlying issues. It might be hard, it might take a while, but you will defeat your inner demons and get rid of those bad thoughts. Working on your deeper issues will quiet your mind and help you focus on the positives.
Try it yourself – you’ll see how things will work out.