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7 Ways to Clear Your Mind of Negative Thoughts

Negative thinking can be a habit of mind.  Thoughts sink in and linger there until you take action to get rid of them.

When you first start thinking negatively, it can be tempting to try and force those thoughts out of your head.  You try as hard as possible to stop thinking about them and push them out.

But this approach often backfires.  Resisting those negative thoughts can actually reinforce that thinking pattern and just make things worse.  The more you try not to think about something, the more you actually end up thinking about it.

To get rid of negative thinking, you need to try a different approach – something that will clear your mind of those negative thoughts once and for all.

Here are seven ways to clear your mind of negative thinking.

1. Change your body language

Take a moment to observe your body language.  Are you slouching with a closed stance?  Are you frowning?

If you are, you’re more likely to think negatively.

Bad body language can lower your self-image and lead to a lack of confidence.  In that emotional state, it’s only natural to start having bad thoughts.

Sit up straight in a confident manner.  Open your stance and smile more.

Fix your body language and you’ll feel a lot better.  It might be just what you need to clear those negative thoughts.

2. Talk it out

Sometimes negative thinking occurs because you have issues or emotions you need to get out.

It’s not good to keep things to yourself.  If you have something that needs to be addressed, you should talk through them with someone.

Putting things into words gives your thoughts shape and form.  That can help you put things into perspective so you can deal with them at the root of the problem.

3. Spend one minute calming your mind of all thought

When your mind is running a mile a minute, it can be hard to keep up.  With everything racing around your head, it can be hard to control the thoughts going on inside – especially the negative ones.

Slow things down.  One minute of calming is often all it takes.

It’s kind of like meditation – you’re emptying your mind.  Think of it as a reboot.  Once it’s empty, you can fill it with something a little more positive.

4. Change the tone of your thoughts

Sometimes negative thinking is the result of poor perspective.  Take a look at the point of view you take on the things going on around you.

For example, instead of thinking, “I’m going through a difficult time and I’m having trouble,” think “I’m facing some challenges, but I’m working on finding solutions.”

You’re basically saying the same thing, except the second way has a more positive spin to it.  But sometimes that little tonal shift can make a huge difference to your thinking patterns.

5. Be creative

When negative thoughts come, it can pay to spend some time creatively.

Find a creative outlet for your thoughts.  Write things out.  Draw or paint something – even if you have to use a crayon.  As long as you’re using your creativity to get your negativity out, it can work.

Exploring your emotions through creativity acts like auto-therapy and can elevate your mood.

Creativity can feel like a release.  When you put your emotions through an art form, you get them out of your system and clear them out.

6. Take a walk

Because thoughts arise in the mind, it’s easy to assume that’s where they’re formed.  Well, that’s only partly true.

Sometimes our thoughts are a product of our environment.  For example, if you surrounded yourself with negative people and negative imagery, you’d probably start to think negatively in turn.

Stepping away from a negative environment can help immensely.  Take a walk alone away from your usual atmosphere.  Head somewhere uplifting like a park or museum.

Time spent distancing yourself from those negative influences can bring you great peace of mind.

7. Start listing out what you’re grateful for

Have you forgotten all the good things you have going for you?  Sometimes in the daily grind, we lose focus on all the ways things that are going right in our lives.

If that’s you, then you need to re-train your mind to focus on all the good happening around you instead of the bad.

List off everything you’re grateful for no matter how small they seem to be.

Don’t take anything for granted anymore.  Sometimes the good things in our lives are right in front of our faces and we still fail to see them.

Stop being blind to the positive things you already have going for you.

Steve is the writer behind Do Something Cool where he blogs about travel, motivation, personal growth and adventure.  He’s always looking for ways to make life more interesting.  Get tips on living life to the fullest through his Facebook fan page and Twitter.


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46 Responses to 7 Ways to Clear Your Mind of Negative Thoughts

  1. Anonymous says:

    This isn’t helpful whatsoever I can’t stop thinking about my ex + missing him although I’ve tried all of these things

  2. Anonymous says:

    Only way to deal with missing an ex is to talk to him/her.

  3. Lolo says:

    The way he talks with me,i always feel like it something that he want or he will do but he says just telling the truth and i can’t stop thinking about it

  4. Pankaj says:

    U hv to outgrow this feel, evrything happens fr a reason, if anything is meant fr u it surely will cm back fr u. Be strong within n develop urself, rembr to smile always.. who knows…
    U r a reson fr smones smile =)

  5. Anonymous says:

    I’ve been though a 3 year break up, its going to hurt for a while but then it gets better. Time heals all wounds 🙂

  6. Anonymous says:

    Do you know that one negative comment beats the entire purpose of this post? The points may not have helped you but might help someone else going through a lot. One negative comment saying they don’t work will take them back to square one. It’s psychological and just, don’t write things like that.

  7. Neil says:

    Completely agree. I’m looking for advice for my young son and I think the points noted are Excellent. Is it possible to get rid of the first comments and responses?

  8. Katie Looney says:

    If a person been hurt by and Ex and if they want to move on. Ask God to wrap all the love you had for that person in him.When my mom died i felt like dying my self.But I prayed to him to help me to love him the most.wrap all the love I had for her in him.God did that and I was able to move on with my life.God love us so much and we suppose to love him the most. And everything else will fall in line. God wanr us at peace at all time.If we keep our mind on him he will keep us in perfect peace.

  9. Anonymous says:

    interesting discussion
    Thanks for writing and sharing

  10. Nabanita says:

    Hii..thanks 4 d post..but its not working 4 me..m sme1 who constantly thinks negatv 4 my close or near n dear 1..i hate those thoughts..even when m praying god too those negatv thoughts comes into my mind..lyk something bad ll happen typ thoughts n at d same time i imagine it too..now continuously m thinking dat if my thoughts leads something bad den why i m living..i should die..m taking mdcn..but not working..is truely my imagination n thoughts ll lead somthing which m thinking?? Pls help

  11. Aayushi says:

    Thanks a lot for this.
    Just reading these options makes me feel better and hopeful

  12. sam says:

    wtf kinda post is this. When people feel like crap there’s no switch to just suddenly “be positive”

  13. Anonymous says:

    It’s not about suddenly becoming positive. Elimination of negative thoughts and becoming positive takes time, and that is exactly what they are trying to say.

  14. Anonymous says:

    It was helpful thanx

  15. Molly says:

    It was helpful thanx

  16. Iris says:

    Thanks this is really helpful to me, i just talked out loud to myself in the garage and it did kinda help me, it just that it takes a long time for those thoughts to vanishfrom your mind. And another point is that if you do have a diary, write in that about your thought, it’s just like you’re escaping the thought out of your head and onto the pages of the diary, trust me it really helps. Smile all you can and choose what is best for YOU because we all have choices to make. Also make people and yourself smile!!!

  17. Iris says:

    And just to make those thoughts go away the best option is to be who you are! Be creative as well, like it says up there

  18. Anonymous says:

    Its was kinda helpful thankyou

  19. safal says:

    I have a bad feeling’ total thinking negative something wrong happening to me I can’t sleep knight full thoughts insaid my brain

  20. Anonymous says:

    Reading this hasn’t done anything to help me. I still have the traumatizing images in my head from my childhood. They won’t go away as long as I’m still breathing. I’ve tried everything to heal it. Nothing has worked. It’s been like this for 5 years. I can’t deal with it anymore. During the 5 years i been doing nothing but hurt myself and/or been involved with drugs and alcohol. It’s been ruining my life and i don’t know how to handle it the right way.

  21. Stephen says:

    I believe that repetative negative thoughts can resemble a groove that we allow to etch away and so the groove gets deeper and deeper,the deeper the groove the harder to erase it, like we are playing a video over and over again, therefore we need to 1 accept that we Will have negative thoughts,and 2 be Alert and ready to instantly think of something positive,maybe a holiday approaching,get into a habit of counter attacking the negative thoughts,the more we can apply this approach the less we are playing that video,and it will start to be less intense,

  22. Robert says:

    The decision`s ours isn`t it? If we want to feel depressed or down, well that`s what we`ll
    achieve,right? If we want to feel positive or happy, well that`s what we`ll achieve, right?
    Problem is , we are so caught up in our thought`s of self pity ,its taken over our bloody mind lol. Maybe we should start thinking about people who really struggle,People that work hard and still can`t afford to put descent food on to the table,that`s if they have a roof over their heads! Funny thing though, these people still find time to have a laugh and think positive !!! On a daily basis we are influenced by the media,news and what not.The world isn`t all doom and gloom ! Its a great place no matter in what country you live.It all depends what you make out of it because its your choice!!!!

  23. Aswathi says:

    Thank you its nice

  24. Erica says:

    How do i snap out of all negavite emotions after 2 failed ivf? The negative emotions started after i got unemployed i have too.much time to think because not being busy the failed ivf is lingering , torturing me and the thoughts does my husband still love ? my emotions are driving me crazy
    When i was working i didnt have time to think
    Please help

  25. jannali says:

    Do not be so hard on yourself, take a break sometimes everything happens at once, and feel we are not in control, and thus spiral down to negative and unhappy thoughts. I would suggest a routine at home, set times and goals, for instance, go for a walk at the sametime everyday, if you like cooking plan some meals for the evening, check out some hobbies, knitting or crochet, to relax the mind, Music can help, or listen to the radio, perhaps share some of your experience with others. We all fail, its part of being human, and although life seems chaotic sometimes, its because we are living and learning, time heals and when you are stronger it will all fall into place, most important take care of yourself. Your partner maybe feeling helpless as well and not able to express their pain. take care.

  26. Sidney says:

    Its never easy when you have negative thoughts going through your brain each and every day i suffer from bi polar manic depression some days you wanna go out all day others you just can’t get outta bed;; never the same day twice.

  27. WAS says:

    Very informative set of working guidelines. Always remember people, life is a process. It does not evolve over night but instead over time. There is no such thing as instant gratification. You have to work hard for where you want to go and who you want to be in a practical, drama free and patient way and as you do this you will always “love your brain.”

  28. fahed kazmi says:

    imam ali(as) farmate h jaha khuloos(pure) niyat dekhe waha doste k haat bhadao warna tumhare tanhai(aloneness) he tumhari bahatreen sathi h.
    it means that do freindship with a positive people makes ur life happy and avoid negativity

  29. Ronal says:

    Thanks ,coz now am preparing a holiday trip to western Uganda as you said about traveling may be it will help me God bless you

  30. Sunny says:

    Missing on x
    Only best way out is start dating somebody else
    And keep urself busy
    U will get out easily
    And keep saying to yourself that you r strong enough to handle this

  31. Sunny says:

    Every1 plz continue watching motivational videos everyday .make it a habbit
    .it will help u recover very fast .do make it a regular go
    N keep urself busy::::::::::::::

  32. Vijay says:

    Write all your negative thoughts about what you don’t like in your ex or anything troubling you.for two days and in detail
    Keep aside for two days and then read .it will be the most useless piece ever written
    Tear into small pieces or burn the paper. You will be having a clear mind try it it is tried and tested..for develop positivity write only only positive things about yourself truly. .you will be a new person write positive things about others but that should be from your heart.things will change.beautifully
    .

  33. Arun Agarwal says:

    I think that it is good article.

  34. anushka says:

    I was very sad my mind is full of negativety please help me what l do

  35. Marissa says:

    Finding something that allows you to get away from negative people or things around you could range from taking a walk to get away from them or maybe working to eliminate the negative things. If a person is being negative make a comment about it don’t ignore it and let it bring you down, if see something makes you sad get rid of it so you don’t have to see it anymore, and if all the negativity is just in your head just take a minute to breathe then smile, because good things come from smiling <3

  36. Great post indeed. I love this blog and would like to thank pickthebrain.

  37. Anonymous says:

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  38. Thomas says:

    I have too much worry and low moods because at recents times that I’m turning my social life down because I haven’t had any courage to face the atmosphere because of my social habits. So I’m fed up of being too social wihdrawl after all the years I never had any friends.

  39. Thomas says:

    I have too much worry and low moods because at recents times that I’m turning my social life down because I haven’t had any courage to face the atmosphere because of my social habits. So I’m fed up of being too social wihdrawl after all the years I never had any friends.

  40. Rachael says:

    For sure thx very mush esp da point ov being creative c’se for any creative personel is also sharp and intelligent so such aperson chhanges all negati ves into positives ,ever excited by smiling all da tym so u be free from stress ov negative pple together with their words ,we shouldn’t be problem solvers
    due to the fact dat problems ar everywhere and we cannot avoid them,wat u see as aproblem for it kknows dat its not a problenm and u yr da problem to it but remember all things ar in thei normal sta
    Ik

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  42. Austin says:

    sincerely!this act is so hard to dispose,i thought i’m the only one stucked in this act but viewing peoples comment makes me relieve alittle…the only person that can solve this problem for you is God,talk to him he will surely deliver you.

  43. Edu says:

    I’m also shocked by how many people are caught up in this trap of negative thoughts ( i wrote this in tears). I thought i was the only one beating myself up for not being able to channel my mind into positive thinking. I date someone I love and often run around in circles thinking negatively about her just because of a few issues which were small anthills but I actually a made a mountain out of in my own mind. At the back of my mind I know she loves, respects and has never cheated on me. But I can’t just stop with the negative imaginations…

    Anyway, what I like about this post is its practicality. t says do this when this happens! I think al give it a shot

  44. Akhila says:

    I’m Alone In my home since 1 year with my back logs
    Now backlogs completed I’m so happy but I can’t trust this happiness I’m feeling like it’s just temporary. I have my aim. Im feeling that I will die after completion of my dream

  45. Dhiraj says:

    Don’t forced to negative thought.. if negative thought are come in mind..first don’t be attention and don’t gives interest in thes thoughts..dailly practice.

  46. Dhiraj says:

    If we doing dailly thise practice i think we overcome negative thought and beliefs.

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