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How to overcome unwanted thoughts
How to manage intrusive thoughts
How to change your attitude towards intrusive thoughts
I ask myself:
Should I take you seriously?
This most often leads me to say: well, no, I honestly shouldn't.
Because at that moment in time I’m tired. Or hungry. Or overworked and so negativity can try to cloud my mind.
Or I am getting too focused on one small mistake or one bad day. Instead of focusing on the other 95% of my life that tends to be positive.
Sometimes this question helps you to see that just because you did one small thing wrong doesn't mean that you did poorly overall.
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Because the truth is that people don’t have that much time, attention or energy to think or talk about what you do.
They have their hands and minds full with their kids, jobs, pets, hobbies and their own fears and worries (like for example what people may think of them).
If you get stuck in negative thoughts or victim thinking then one of the simplest ways to get out of your own head and the thoughts bouncing around in there is to focus outwards and on someone else.
By adding positivity to his or her life in some way you too can start to feel be...
...to counteract that ask yourself better questions.
Questions that will help you to feel better but also to learn so you can grow.
What are the top 3 sources of negativity in my life?
It could be people, websites, magazines, podcasts, music and so on.
Then ask yourself:
What can I do to spend less time with these 3 sources this week?
If you can’t f...
When we get negative it’s easy to forget the positive things in life. Especially the ones that are just a normal part of life that we may take for granted a bit too often.
When you start to ground a fear and begin to look at it with your feet firmly planted on the ground then you most often realize that the worst that could happen isn’t really that bad.
...you can also probably start listing and taking action on a few things that will reduce the likelihood of...
Start making it a habit to spend more of your time in the present moment and you’ll, in my experience, naturally have less negative thoughts and be more open and constructive.
A couple of ways to bring yourself back to being mindful and this moment are:
Focus only on your brea...
To stop a small negative thought from becoming a big monster in your mind confront it early.
Do that by asking yourself a question like:
Will this matter in 5 years? Or even 5 weeks?
...answer is likely in most cases that it won’t and that you were only star...
A pessimistic or negative start makes it hard to turn things around. But a positive start makes it a lot easier to just keep going with that emotion and the optimistic way of thinking until it is bedtime again.
A couple of simple ways to get your day off to a positive start is:...
...go for a 20-30 minute workout and lift some free weights.
This helps me to release inner tension and worries. And it makes my mind focused and constructive once again.
Keeping negative thoughts that are starting to cloud your whole mind bottled up won’t help.
So let them out. Talk the situation or your thoughts over with someone close to you.
Being an INFJ... " Every soul has to taste death' one day, so be kind to everyone, even when he's your enemy "
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If you feel like you're influencing others for the wrong reasons, ask:
If I do the right things today I feel really good about myself. If I don't then I don't feel good about myself.
A common question is: “How can I raise my self-esteem?”. The answer is not an easy answer of course (otherwise people wouldn't have so much self-esteem problems in the world today...
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