How to Cope with Negative Thoughts?

April 28, 2017 by admin0

Everyone has negative thoughts running inside their mind from time to time. From worrying about the future to replaying some unpleasant event from the past, negative thoughts often prevent us from viewing the positive aspects of life. While having negative thoughts for a while is normal, but if it becomes persistent, then it can distract you from focusing on what’s important for you and leave you fatigued. Constant negative thoughts often lead to depression. Fortunately, you can fight them and replace them with happy thoughts. Here are a few ways you can cope with your negative thoughts:

1. Recognise the pattern of thought distortion

The mind has its way of convincing you that something isn’t right. This is when you get negative thoughts. Try to identify the patterns. The most common patterns are:

* Personalisation: you assume that you are to be blamed for anything that goes wrong.
* Catastrophising: assuming only the worst outcome
* Black and White thinking: Seeing everything the other way
* Filter thinking: seeing only the negatives
* Once you recognise the pattern, challenge them.

2. Let it out

If you suppress your negative thoughts, it can further push you into depression. Don’t bottle them up but release them. Talk about the situation with someone close to you. When you vent your feelings, you gain new perspectives and see things in different light. Moreover, talking about it with someone can help you get an action plan to overcome the situation. If this doesn’t help, then consult a psychologist or a psychiatrist. They are experts in guiding you towards the light. Want to consult the best psychiatrist in Kolkata? Get in touch with us at

3. Don’t be judgemental

In our mind, we are always judging and comparing ourselves. Whether consciously or unconsciously, we are always comparing ourselves with others and this often causes dissatisfaction. Do not be judgemental. Always take a situation positively and look at your positive attributes.

4. Be grateful

Being grateful for things or situations has a significant impact on your attitude. When you are feeling down or going through a tough phase, try to remember things for which you are grateful. From the help offered by your friends to having a loving family, it can be anything. When you begin to notice the things that make you happy, you feel positive.

We hope that these tips will help you manage your negative thoughts and replace them with happy ones.

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