Negative Thinking – 5 Exercises to Get Rid of Thinking Negatively
Just as I do, you most likely find yourself contending with negative thinking and it seldom turns out well. But, there is a solution to get rid of that “stinking thinking” (as Zig Ziglar calls it) and move on to a more positive existence.
Bad Thoughts? Use These 5 Exercises to Stop Negative Thinking
Let’s get started with some exercises to stop negative thinking in the bud!
Remember those scenes from “The Exorcist” when the priest tries to get the ghost out of the possessed child?
Driving away negative thoughts doesn’t take as much effort, but it’s not easy.
You can’t just tell them to go. You have to create a long-term strategy to becoming positive and upbeat.
#1: Admit You Have Trouble with a Negative Mindset
We don’t often pay attention to our own words or body language. A chart with two sides is a helpful way to gauge how self-defeating and negative you are.
Write down all your positives that day on one side. Write down all your negatives on the other hand. It’s amazing how much negativity people keep in their heads.
#2: Exercise Your Body First
Moving your body and your mind can make a big difference in your mood and your attitude. You don’t have to run a marathon or swim across the English Channel to get that kind of change. Instead, you just have to step up, take a walk, do some jumping jacks, or dance. Try putting on your favorite music and grooving for a few minutes; see if you feel negative afterwards.
#3: Practice Gratitude
If writing down your thoughts was the first step to recognizing your negativity problem, building a positive list could be the first step toward fixing it. Make a list of everything you’re grateful for. It’s a challenge to come up with a list. Think about things like your breath, your pulse, your sight, and all the other things we take for granted. You’ll find that your list snowballs into positivity once you start writing it out.
#4: Talk to Others about Your Negative Thinking Challenge
You can ask a friend, family member, therapist, or even a helpful ear to listen to your problems without judgment, and without any recommendations (unless you want them). Pray, journal, or make an art project about your feelings, and once they’re out there you’ll feel strangely (maybe magically) free.
#4: Flip the Script & Change Negative Language into Positive
Eliminate negative phrases and words, and watch your thoughts change.
Look at your posture and body language as well.
Don’t slouch, and smile!
I cover much of this and more information in my book: “Flip the Script“.
Take Action and Stay Positive
I hope you enjoyed this short piece and exercises to stop negative thinking so you can feel “up” more often at work or at play. Oh, be sure and get my free report on creativity here before you go. – Bob Pardue