Change Your Negative Thinking With These 7 Tips

7 tips to kick your negative thinking habit

As someone who suffers from anxiety, and in particular negative thinking, I know how hard the challenge of changing this thought pattern around is. And I also know how emotionally draining it can be as well! If you suffer from negative thinking I have 7 little tips for you that may help. I would always advise professional support for this as well, as that really does help, and has helped me.

But give some of these a go and see how you get on.

7 Ways To Change Your Negative Thoughts

Challenge Your negative thoughts:

One way to change negative thinking is to challenge the thoughts that are causing negativity. Start by identifying the negative thought and then ask yourself if there is any evidence to support it. Often, negative thoughts are based on assumptions or irrational beliefs. By challenging these thoughts and looking for evidence to the contrary, you can begin to shift your thinking towards a more positive outlook.

For example, if you find yourself thinking I'm never going to succeed at this, challenge that thought by asking yourself if there have been times in the past when you have succeeded. Look for evidence of your past accomplishments and use them as a counter-argument to the negative thought.

Practice gratitude: 

Another effective way to change negative thinking is to practice gratitude. Take time each day to reflect on the things you are grateful for, no matter how small they may seem. This can help shift your focus from what is going wrong in your life to what is going right.

You can start a gratitude journal and write down three things you are grateful for each day. This simple practice can help rewire your brain to focus on the positive aspects of your life, leading to a more positive mindset overall. [Read my guide to the 5 minute journal]

Surround yourself with positivity: 

The people we surround ourselves with can have a significant impact on our mindset. If you find that negative people or situations are contributing to your negative thinking, it may be time to make some changes.

Seek out positive influences in your life, whether it be friends, family members, or even online communities. Surrounding yourself with positivity can help counteract negative thinking and provide support during challenging times. [Read my guide on how to say no to toxic people in your life]

Practice self-compassion: 

Negative thinking often stems from a lack of self-compassion and self-criticism. Instead of beating yourself up over perceived failures or shortcomings, practice self-compassion by treating yourself with kindness and understanding.

When negative thoughts arise, remind yourself that everyone makes mistakes and that it is okay to not be perfect. Treat yourself as you would treat a friend who is going through a difficult time, offering words of encouragement and support. [Read my guide on how to learn to love yourself]

Focus on solutions: 

Instead of dwelling on problems and negative thoughts, shift your focus towards finding solutions. When faced with a challenge, ask yourself what steps you can take to overcome it.

By focusing on solutions, you are taking an active approach to problem-solving and empowering yourself to make positive changes. This can help shift your mindset from one of negativity to one of possibility and growth. 

Practice mindfulness: 

Mindfulness is the practice of being fully present in the moment and non-judgmentally observing your thoughts and feelings. By practicing mindfulness, you can become more aware of negative thinking patterns and learn to let go of them.

When negative thoughts arise, instead of getting caught up in them, observe them without judgment and let them pass. This can help break the cycle of negative thinking and create space for more positive thoughts and emotions. [Read my guide on positive thinking]

Engage in positive self-talk: 

Negative thinking often involves negative self-talk, where we criticize ourselves or put ourselves down. To change this pattern, consciously engage in positive self-talk.

Replace negative statements with positive affirmations or statements that reflect self-compassion and self-acceptance. For example, if you catch yourself thinking I'm so stupid, replace it with I am capable and intelligent. [Read my guide to affirmations]

I hope you have found these tips useful. Let me know if you have any tips to help with negative thinking.