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How to Silence Negative Thinking

How to Silence Negative Thinking


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Perhaps you feel like an imposter as if you’re not qualified or cut out for your job. Or perhaps you spend a lot of time consumed by comparison. You worry that you’re falling behind. You judge yourself against colleagues, friends, and strangers on the internet who appear to be more successful tha...

Allow your thoughts and feelings to come and go like the weather. This helps you accept that negative thoughts are a temporary response to a situation, not a sign that you’re a bad or incapable person.

Pay attention to the stories you’re telling yourself, such as, “this always happens,” “I never do anything right,” or “I should have done….” You can choose a helpless narrative or an empowering one. Pick wisely by asking yourself, “What is within my control?”

Name the emotions that arise for you. Instead of, “I feel bad,” go deeper. Do you feel worried? Resentful? Scared? Research shows that labelling feelings are a powerful way to cope with stress and develop better emotional intelligence.

As mindfulness experts Dr. Bob Stahl and Steve Flowers say:

“You don’t have to believe everything you think. Why stay in a prison of self when the door is wide open? Let everything go. Let everything be.”

The final step in the AWARE framework is to practice self-compassion. Expect realistic improvement. Be patient with yourself. Changing your mindset isn’t an overnight process.

Negative thoughts will still appear from time to time. That’s OK! Think of them as an opportunity to practice your ...

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