If you do not master the art of controlling the thoughts that go through your mind, soon enough they will begin to control you. Every criminal activity first stated as a thought..A wise man once said ” it is not the water around the ships that sinks it but the one that gets inside it” . You may not be able to control the thoughts that cross your mind daily, but you do have the power to not allow just any thought get inside of you, take root in your heart and consequently yield action
More,than that worrying about the future, replaying events in the past, and generally focusing on the parts of life that leave us dissatisfied. Negative or unwanted thoughts can prevent us from enjoying experiences, distract us from focusing on what’s important, and drain your energy. They can also make you feel anxious and depressed.
The good news is that with dedicated practice, you can replace negative thought patterns with thoughts that actually help. This can make a huge difference in your day-to-day happiness and comfort.
Here are helpful ways you can achieve this as provided by www.psychologytoday.com
1. Recognize thought distortions. Our minds have clever and persistent ways of convincing us of something that isn’t really true. These inaccurate thoughts reinforce negative thinking. If you can recognize them, you can learn to challenge them
2. Challenge negative thoughts. Whenever you have a distorted thought, stop and evaluate whether it is accurate. Think about how you would respond if a friend spoke about herself that way. You would probably offer a good rebuttal to his or her negative view. Apply the same logic to your own thoughts. Ask yourself if you are assuming the worst will happen or blaming yourself for something that has not gone the way you wanted. And then think about other possible outcomes or reasons that something turned out differently than you hoped.
3. Take a break from negative thoughts. It is possible to learn how to separate from negative thoughts. One way to do this is to allow yourself a certain amount of time (maybe five minutes) with the thought. Then take a break from focusing on it and move on with your day.
4. Release judgment. We all judge ourselves and others, usually unconsciously. Constantly comparing ourselves to other people or comparing our lives to some ideal breeds dissatisfaction. When you are able to let go of judgment (not easy, but possible), you will likely feel more at ease. Some ways to take a break from judgmental thoughts include recognizing your own reaction, observing it, and then letting it go. Another helpful technique is to “positive judge.” When you notice you are negatively judging a person, yourself, or a situation, look for a positive quality, too.
5. Practice gratitude. Research shows that feeling grateful has a big impact on your levels of positivism and happiness. Even when you are experiencing a challenging time in your life, you can usually find things (even small things) to be grateful for. Noticing the things that are going well and making you feel happy will keep you in touch with them. Keeping a gratitude journal and writing a few things in it every day is one easy and effective way to do this.
6. Focus on your strengths. It’s human nature to dwell on the negative and overlook the positive. The more you can practice focusing on your strengths and not dwelling on mistakes you’ve made, the easier it will be to feel positive about yourself and the direction your life is taking. If you find yourself thinking harsh thoughts about your personality or actions, take a moment to stop and think about something you like about yourself.
7. Seek out professional support if you are unable to manage your thoughts or find they are interfering with your ability to meet your daily responsibilities or enjoy life. counselling and therapy can help you weather life changes, reduce emotional suffering and experience self-growth.
I hope you find this useful,Good luck.