Negative thinking never serves a purpose, other than worrying yourself needlessly over issues out of your control at times. Additionally, having negative thoughts has nothing to do with the kind of person you are. A toxic thought doesn’t define your character or what will happen to you in the future. But too many times we allow negative thoughts too much influence in our lives, causing damage that doesn’t need to be there.
Negative thoughts do not have to run or ruin your life. Cognitive reframing, or cognitive restructuring, is an essential practice when the negative thoughts won’t go away on their own. Read on for five ways to reframe and redirect your negative thoughts.
1. Observe The Thought
Take a few minutes and simply observe the negative thought you are having like you would sit back and observe a hummingbird at a feeder. Negative thoughts are the product of irrational thought patterns, an issue that many psychiatrists recognize. Simply observe the negative thought and then watch it dissipate.