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How to Avoid Negative Thinking / Tips to Avoid Negative Thinking

Updated on November 29, 2017
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Muhammad Rafiq is a freelance writer, blogger, and translator with a Master's Degree in English literature from the University of Malakand.

How to Stop Negative Thinking?
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Difference Between Negative & Positive Thinking

Negative Thinking is a state of psyche wherein an individual thinks that something unpleasant, horrible and awful will happen rather than pleasant things. He is constantly possessed by the idea that this world is a place of woes, glooms and hardships and he will not have the chance to see happiness, joy and jocundity. He takes a gander at the negative part of everything. He is blind to the bright side of future. That is the reason; he feels sad and desolate all the time.

On the other hand, positive thinking is a psychological condition wherein an individual sees the bright side of future. He has a solid conviction that he will have a luxurious, cheerful and happy go lucky life within a brief span of time. He is confident about his accomplishments in future. He generally imagines that something great will happen rather than awful things. He digs out positive things out of bad things. We can likewise call positive thinking as optimism. On the other hand, there is negative thinking.

You can achieve what you want with positive thinking. Positive thinking boosts up your encouragement, energy, and will power. It shows you the bright aspect of your future. Let’s play the devil’s advocate!


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Effects of Negative Thinking

Negative thinking is the most lethal weapon that destroys your life in every respect. It’s not something that will affect only one part of your life, it is just like a virus, which affects every part of your body. It not only destroys your life and health but your relationship as well. When you have pessimistic musings, you consider yourself subpar to other individuals. Whether, you are a student, a worker, an athlete, or a player, negative thinking can undermine your courage and confronts you with failure. It constrains you to think about your capabilities as not in line with the standards. It compels you to brood over that you are not worth to contend with your rivals in the field. That’s the reason; you face ultimate failure. It’s a great hindrance in achieving your goals and objectives.

Negative considerations may take a toll on your health as well. You may be subject to severe anger, stress, depression and anxiety. It may also disturb your stomach, which is the root cause of all diseases. You suffer from insomnia and lack of appetite. Negative thinking also gives rise to nocebo effects. Nocebo effects are called negative reactions, which give the patient an impression that the medicines he is taking have no positive effects on his health. In more critical cases, nocebo effects can harm your health to a great extent.

Besides, your success mostly depends upon your thoughts. If you think positively, you will experience pleasant moments in your life as this dictum indicates well: “Speak of the Devil and he will appear". Remember!! If you think negatively, negative things will happen to you and you will consider yourself unlucky. Positive thinking will boost up your energy, confidence, efforts and performance and you will better.

How to Avoid Negative Thinking?
How to Avoid Negative Thinking? | Source

How to Deal With Negative Thinking

Following are the steps that may help you get control over negative thinking:

Step 1

To avoid negative thinking, try to engage yourself a great deal in some fruitful activity. It will change your mode of thinking and you won’t resort to negative thinking. The more you are busy, the more you will have control over negative thinking.

Avoid Negative Thinking: Never Underrate Yourself
Avoid Negative Thinking: Never Underrate Yourself | Source

Step 2

Never underrate your abilities and potentialities. Always imagine that you are superior to others and you can do what you want to do. Assure yourself that you can perform any difficult task. For example, if you are going to appear in a test and you are feeling nervous about your test, then convince yourself that you can pass the test. Come what may come. Never care for the results! Just take the first step and never think to retreat back.

How to Stop Negative Thinking

Step 3

Negative thinking may also be the result of taking things very serious. If something is very tough and you feel that you won’t be able to finish the work in time or deliver your first lecture or attempt your test, take it easy. Don’t take any activity as a game of life and death. Failure is an integral part of life and every failure teaches us how to succeed in life. So, take things light and hope that everything will be fine whatever the situation may be.

Stop Negative Thinking: Take Things Lightly
Stop Negative Thinking: Take Things Lightly | Source

Step 4

Remember that time is momentary and nothing will remain for eternity. Any trouble that you are stood up to with might not last forever. It will pass away and will be displaced by something great. Assure yourself that the present obstacle or issue is not a lasting thing. It will reach an end in no time. Try to hunt down positive things in every minute and each circumstance. Be positive every time and let others feel positive.

Importance of Positive Thinking

Heldi Klum says:

"I think it's important to get your surroundings as well as yourself into a positive state - meaning surround yourself with positive people, not the kind who are negative and jealous of everything you do."

Step 5

Remember that time is momentary and nothing will remain for eternity. Any trouble that you are stood up to with might not last forever. It will pass away and will be displaced by something great. Assure yourself that the present obstacle or issue is not a lasting thing. It will reach an end in no time. Try to hunt down positive things in every minute and each circumstance. Be positive every time and let others feel positive.

Step 6

Try to join the company of those people, who hold optimistic approach to life. Avoid those people who are pessimists and cynics. Optimistic people will give you encouragement and confidence, which may result in broader changes in your mode of thinking. The more you are encompassed by such individuals, the more you will feel positive. You will rise like a phoenix in the sky.

Stop Negative Thinking: Join the Company of Optimistic People
Stop Negative Thinking: Join the Company of Optimistic People | Source

Step 7

The words like should, can’t, won’t, could and might are the words which demonstrate your negative thought. Try to replace these words in your daily life with words like I can and I will. Erase these words from your daily life. Rather use such sentences: I will pass the exam with flying colours. I will stand first in the next examination. I can attempt this question. It’s very easy. Replace the above-mentioned words from your daily life so that to get control over negative thinking.


Step 8

One of the best panaceas for avoiding negative thoughts is that you should keep full trust in God. You should not forget that whatever you are going to do is already ordained in your fate. Whether it is good or bad, it’s already predicated. You should follow this famous dictum: Trust in God and keep your powders dry. You should prepare yourself for every exam or trial and leave the results to your God. When you cultivate this idea in your mind, you won’t think negatively. You will think positive.

© 2014 Muhammad Rafiq

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      Muhammad Rafiq 3 years ago from Pakistan

      Thanks FlourishAnyway for your comments! I'll review the steps as you mentioned. Thanks for correcting me.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      I try to surround myself with fun people who can make me laugh. It helps me take things not so seriously. I believe steps 4 & 5 are accidental repeats.

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      Muhammad Rafiq 3 years ago from Pakistan

      Thanks Bill for your comments. Remain blessed.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I am a firm believer in the power of positive thinking so I'm with you all the way with this article. Well done!