How to Overcome Negative Thoughts
Let’s be honest; 2020 has been a pretty tough year. Naturally, as the year draws to a close, most people are thinking about 2021. Some are ready to move on and excited for a fresh start, while others find themselves worrying about what the new year has in store. Unfortunately, those negative thoughts can drain your energy, keeping you from enjoying experiences, and distract you from the wonderful things you have in your life. However, with a bit of practice and effort, you can overcome negative thoughts and focus on the positive as we move into a new year.
Make Space for Negative Thoughts, Then Replace Them
It sounds counter-intuitive, but allow yourself 10 minutes a day to think negative thoughts. If you have a negative thought in your day, write it down and let yourself know that you can think about it later at that time. This helps you to regain control over negative thinking. Then, start replacing those negative thought patterns. Take those negative thoughts you have and reconstruct them into more positive thoughts.
Question Your Thoughts
When you have a negative thought, question it. Should you take that thought seriously? Maybe you’re hungry, tired, or stressed, and that thought is a reaction to that. Perhaps you are just focusing on one bad day or a small mistake when the other 99% of your life is positive. Questioning negative thoughts gives you a reality check and can help you overcome those thoughts.
Eliminate Sources of Negativity in Your Life
What you’re allowing into your mind daily affects you, so begin eliminating sources of negativity. What are the top sources of negativity in your life? Watching the news? Social media? People? How can you spend less time with these sources of negativity weekly? Fill that time you free up with more positive sources.
Practice Gratitude Daily
Practicing gratitude daily boosts happiness and positivity, and it actually has the potential to rewire your brain to overcome negative thinking. Even when times are challenging, you can find things for which to be grateful. Try writing a couple of things down each day that you’re grateful for to keep your thoughts focused in a positive direction.
With some regular practice, you can overcome those negative thoughts and enjoy a more positive way of thinking. And while you’re working on your brain, don’t forget to add your Prevagen brain health supplement to your day to boost brain health as we move into 2021.