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Challenging Negative Thoughts (2)

When a negative thought enters your mind carry out this exercise:

  • Whatever the negative thought was, replace it with the positive opposite. For example, if your negative thought was one of failing, then now visualise you winning. Try to put as much energy as you can into the picture, try and feel what the sensation of winning feels like. Hold this for as long as you can.

  • Don’t be concerned if you can only manage this for a brief second or if the picture is not very clear. This will come in time with practice. It doesn’t matter whether you hold the picture for a second or ten you will still be training your mind to change from negative to positive.

  • A method that many people have found useful is the use of a thought diary/journal. Writing down you negative thoughts brings them into perspective. Putting their positive opposite across from them focuses your mind on what you want to achieve.

 

Source: http://hubpages.com/health/How-To- Challenge-Negative- Thinking-And- Anxiety


Article Comments

  • "I found this really helpful"
  • - saishaw1 (30th of June 2016, 04:57:25 PM)
  • "speedwagon is my waifu"
  • - wryyyyy (30th of June 2016, 05:33:33 PM)
  • "I'm gonna try this."
  • - suededaze (6th of July 2016, 06:56:55 PM)
  • "Only site where Treatment and Real "
  • - arshad (13th of July 2016, 08:25:41 AM)
  • "found this helpful"
  • - snowball (19th of July 2016, 06:00:57 PM)
  • "I have not tried this yet , but it honestly sounds like the most straightforward method and sounds promising. Going to give it a try!"
  • - CeeSide (20th of July 2016, 02:33:15 AM)
  • "God bless u all stay strong x"
  • - Nickymary (23rd of July 2016, 12:58:07 AM)
  • "It sounds like a good thing to try. Thank you"
  • - pauldtn (24th of July 2016, 07:06:26 PM)
  • "Will try this, simple and hopefully effective"
  • - Applecore (28th of July 2016, 07:36:16 AM)
  • "I will try but i,m a negative and pessimistic person most of time i look for the bad in everything it might be a challenge."
  • - Darius (29th of July 2016, 01:05:35 AM)
  • "Sounds good and it works you just need to keep on training"
  • - Maxo745 (30th of July 2016, 09:54:07 AM)
  • "Gonna give it a try. Whats there to lose"
  • - Confused100 (1st of August 2016, 06:45:32 AM)
  • "lemme give it a try"
  • - Rhadie (1st of August 2016, 01:41:15 PM)
  • "food"
  • - SteveHughW (3rd of August 2016, 06:49:29 AM)
  • "Does anybody ever feel like it's almost impossible to do these kinds of exercises?"
  • - jamesfildes (4th of August 2016, 04:30:06 PM)
  • "Oh when I am feeling sad, just stop feeling sad! What a crock of bullshit."
  • - RahOrNah (7th of August 2016, 04:05:53 PM)
  • "This would probably be harder at sometimes than others but I think it would get easier if I keep trying, becoming a habit, thanks, it's helpful :)"
  • - Freya (17th of August 2016, 02:46:01 AM)
  • "That's helpful."
  • - reformism (1st of September 2016, 09:03:53 AM)
  • "Its hard to think positives sometimes they seem inevitable :/ glad its working for others x"
  • - jessstevenson (4th of September 2016, 03:33:51 PM)
  • "it does not work at all"
  • - JayP36 (15th of September 2016, 03:31:56 AM)
  • "im sure there is a tablet for it or something "
  • - JayP36 (15th of September 2016, 03:32:09 AM)
  • "I will try this and hopefully it can start to make a difference"
  • - Marky1 (18th of September 2016, 10:38:53 PM)
  • "I try this, but then by lifting my mood slightly, I have further to fall. And that only makes me worse."
  • - LizAlfie (28th of September 2016, 07:17:19 AM)
  • "Hi is there any1 I can talk to"
  • - Berniehannan (4th of October 2016, 11:42:04 AM)
  • "I forget and get so involved in my memory that this may not work"
  • - Shyongirl (8th of October 2016, 06:29:44 PM)
  • "It's bit difficult in the begging but it helps alot..!!"
  • - Aima (26th of October 2016, 05:24:41 AM)
  • "i dont see how this could make me feel better i cant just replace my life for the better"
  • - aftermath4562 (4th of November 2016, 05:53:41 PM)
  • "Good idea....the simplest solutions are often the best ones."
  • - petebestfan (16th of November 2016, 03:08:46 PM)
  • "wow thats helpful"
  • - nuts999 (19th of November 2016, 05:37:09 PM)
  • "wow thats helpful"
  • - nuts999 (19th of November 2016, 05:37:10 PM)
  • "wow thats helpful"
  • - nuts999 (19th of November 2016, 05:37:11 PM)
  • "Hi Nuts999"
  • - Scotty12346789 (20th of November 2016, 01:04:45 PM)
  • "Thank you, I will try this"
  • - Vero (21st of November 2016, 06:36:05 AM)
  • "Thankyou, I will definitely try this"
  • - Chiv (1st of January 2017, 09:12:21 PM)
  • "Yes, this will hopefully help, will give anything a go."
  • - JulietKelly (16th of January 2017, 11:01:58 PM)
  • "This was helpful, but is there anyone I can talk to so like can I text someone when I need help, as I find it really difficult to talk to someone face to face but also even over the phone!"
  • - teddybear245 (30th of January 2017, 12:58:13 PM)
  • "may god give us strenght to chase negative thoughts and keep fighting beacause at once when you're tired you feel giving up on everything"
  • - itsbirdy (7th of February 2017, 09:07:38 PM)
  • "I'll try this once I feel anxious again won't be long but I'll try I need to focus"
  • - Tom.s (9th of February 2017, 09:00:06 PM)
  • "im confused and i need help!"
  • - je26 (16th of February 2017, 08:30:42 AM)
  • "Can I speak to someone on the phone?"
  • - Brythonic (19th of February 2017, 12:38:38 AM)
  • "I don't see any reason to turn my negative thoughts into positive. They are negative because of some reasons. And by reasons I mean horrible and convincing reasons."
  • - Najam (5th of March 2017, 01:00:56 PM)
  • "I don't see any reason to turn my negative thoughts into positive. They are negative because of some reasons. And by reasons I mean horrible and convincing reasons."
  • - Najam (5th of March 2017, 01:01:00 PM)
  • "It sounds a simple task to do, but will require a lot of effort for those surrounded with negative thoughts. It is worth giving it a try."
  • - skyhigh (22nd of March 2017, 05:34:47 PM)
  • "Impossible if you're really down"
  • - goldie11 (20th of May 2017, 08:12:17 AM)
  • "Thanks for this"
  • - Cara123 (7th of July 2017, 07:58:45 PM)
  • "Will give this a go...I do believe in positive reinforcement. Sometimes it's best to keep things simple stupid! Probably why I have never even thought about it. "
  • - Savanna (27th of July 2017, 10:36:02 AM)
  • "Quite hard to push the negative thoughts out sometimes. Will keep trying to replace with positive ones though"
  • - Maw013 (17th of August 2017, 09:26:50 PM)
  • "Quite hard to push the negative thoughts out sometimes. Will keep trying to replace with positive ones though"
  • - Maw013 (17th of August 2017, 09:26:51 PM)
  • "Yes, i've tried this and it works. no matter how hard it may seem, if i dig deep enough i can chase away the negative and replace it with positive. "
  • - Ovidiu (20th of August 2017, 06:31:29 PM)
  • "Trying "
  • - Margarites (22nd of August 2017, 05:56:30 PM)

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