“I think I’m starting to think that I’m more messed up than I thought. What do you think?” This is exactly the kind of thought process that can result from constant negative thinking. The only answer to that question is to stop negative thinking, and here are some tips to do just that.
Stop Negative Thinking
For many people, negative thinking is a defense mechanism. If they always expect the worst, then nothing can surprise or hurt them. The reality is that difficult life occurrences are still painful, and the cycle of negative thinking is a constant hurt. To help stop negative thinking, you can try to:
- Know your triggers and watch for and avoid them when possible
- Find the best in every situation and person
- Practice mindfulness and consider the whole picture
- Achieve active acceptance—all things and beings for what they are
If you are engulfed in negative thinking, it may take work and time to change your thought patterns, but it can be done. Don’t yearn for certainty—if you are certain something bad will happen, it will certainly happen.
You can stop negative thinking and still be ready when tough situations arise. Prepare for the worst, hope for the best. You cannot change other people, so it is all about changing how you react to other people and predicaments.
When to Seek Help
Sometimes negative thinking is heightened by other mental health issues. At Dallas Behavioral Healthcare Hospital, we can help you identify concerns and develop a treatment program to deal with them. If you are ready to break the cycle and stop negative thinking, contact us today for an assessment, appointment, or more information about our facility in Dallas, TX.