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How do I stop thinking about death ?

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Last Updated: 07/02/2018 at 8:45pm
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MrWhiteSuit17
December 22nd, 2015 11:22pm
I used to often think about death way too much. I found that something so beautiful, untamed, and mysterious as death should be something we think about every once in a while, but not obsess over. The journey and every day moments we share with ourselves and loved ones should be enjoyed and cherished. Death will have it's time, and when the day comes we will all discover it's true meaning. Until then find the ways to get the most out of the life you were given.
strugglingone
September 7th, 2015 11:50pm
Think about your goals (if you think you haven't any, then figure it out) and busy yourself acheiving them. Then you'll have no time for thinking about death.
Anonymous
August 4th, 2015 12:52am
The same way you stop thinking about anything else--start thinking about something different that takes all your concentration. Also, pet a cat or dog if you're not allergic.
Anonymous
March 3rd, 2015 12:54pm
You can start filling your days with an activity, if you set your mind on that activity you'll get less bothered with those death thoughts.
Anonymous
June 7th, 2015 10:36am
Try thinking about something n your life that makes you truly happy, like someone or something that you hold very dear to yourself.
daisychristabel
July 12th, 2016 12:41am
You can't force yourself to stop thinking about something- unfortunately, trying to stop thinking about something is its own cognitive process and therefore still centres your thoughts on that thing you want to stop thinking about. It's like the white bear. Being told not to think about it or trying to avoid thoughts of it will only bring you back to the white bear, and the white bear will be intrusive. The best thing you can actively do is try to occupy your mind with other things. That's not to say to swap one obsession with another. It's just that if you give your mind more things to occupy itself with, it won't find itself caught up on one debilitating thought, or set of debilitating thoughts about one thing.
Elli
May 15th, 2017 12:59pm
Whenever i start thinking about death and i get all anxious, i start to try instead to think about life, the present and the future and all good that life will give me even though it may come some ups and downs now and then. It may also help to talk to someone about it.
bouncyHeart79
January 8th, 2018 7:45pm
I don't think we will ever stop thinking about death. We can distract ourselves from the thought by using coping skills. Coping skills are very important when it comes to distracting ourselves.
Anonymous
November 17th, 2015 4:11pm
Read poems, read writings and articles. And then there's seven cups of tea. Connect with your friends and family, reconnect with old friends. Think about your highs in life.
blandsouplistens
June 28th, 2016 1:14pm
To stop thinking about death, think the opposite way - to live. Do more things in life. Experience as much as you can.
Anonymous
October 11th, 2016 9:12am
Maybe you should start thinking about LIFE! Think about how you matter in this world, and your family, and friends, and your job.
goldJazz77
November 7th, 2017 9:22pm
Instead of thinking about death, think about ways in which to improve your life. Think about positive, exciting things that you have not done yet in life and hopefully, go out there and complete them. Find positive hobbies, such as painting, skating, or cooking. And if you do not know how to do any of those, find people who do and perhaps, you will not only learn a new hobby, but also gain a new friend. Life has so many rewards, so grab hold to them all and live a beautiful life! =) Stay encouraged!
Dee1419
December 4th, 2017 12:42pm
By making myself busy, enjoying life, hanging out with my family, friends and my boyfriend. And also by giving thanks to God almighty for giving me a wonderful life.
Anonymous
July 2nd, 2018 8:45pm
Death is an inevitable part of life and we all have had such thoughts. Yes, we all are born and we all eventually die, that's how it works. However, death is not all there is. When such persistent thoughts arise you can try to distract yourself, recognize these thoughts, but don't concentrate too much on them; acknowledge them, accept them and let them go. Focus on what you love about life instead, even if it may be hard sometimes, there is always something good about life.