How to stop negative thoughts from entering your mind?

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Roadie
December 31st, 2014 6:59pm
I used to find that trying to control negative thoughts by blocking them out in my mind.. fighting them in essence.. was unsuccessful. A small change that I may and that I find works for me is having something outside of my mind that is a trigger for cutting off a negative thought. When a negative thought enters my mind, I click my fingers and recite to myself words to the effect that I am not going to entertain that thought. I then try and think of something positive. Something that makes me smile; some time of being cared; some positive thought to replace it with on an unrelated subject. Works for me anyway and now the negative thoughts are controllable.
smileitswhit
December 31st, 2014 8:24pm
for every negative thought try to think one positive one. Sometimes we think everything is horrible because we focus only on the bad.
Anonymous
August 10th, 2015 4:32pm
Let's be straight - you can't stop thoughts from entering your mind sometimes. If you deliberately try to supress certain thoughts you can actually make them more likely to surface! (It's known as the ironic process theory) So relax, accept that you can't stop certain thoughts from entering your mind sometimes, but that's not a bad thing! We all have thoughts we don't like, but that's all they are - thoughts. They don't change anything. It's your actions that define you! So instead try spending your time in more productive and positive ways such as by getting exercise or hobbies, being mindful and in the moment.
MarkoP
December 14th, 2015 10:20pm
Simple, calm down. Take few deep breaths. Realize that is just your mind playing tricks. Accept them. And let them go. You need to learn to accept negative thoughts as a part of you, and learn to let them go.
WillBC23
March 11th, 2015 6:27pm
I have found that this takes practice and training, so what I've done is to ever day write down three things for which I'm grateful. That makes me generally more positive, and when something bad happens I'm more likely to see the good that's in with the bad.
Revill16
December 31st, 2014 5:00pm
The best way to stop negative thoughts from entering your mind is by keeping yourself distracted but also learning to love those parts of you which you may have previously considered flaws. Doing these things have really helped me prevent a lot of negativity entering my life.
TheFlowerGarden
March 13th, 2017 4:52am
Negative thoughts will come and go, you can't stop them. You should embrace them so you may learn from them and be more prepared the next time!
Anonymous
December 31st, 2014 5:58pm
I don't think it's possible to stop them entering but in order to dull them they must be shared or the person must come to a realization of their unimportance.
Anonymous
January 2nd, 2015 1:37am
By diverting your mind into something else in which you think can distract you most and also do things in which you think is fun and can enjoy the most and be happy about it. Think of a good memory that can also lead to positivity thoughts or dream about something you love or like :)
caprisun1011
June 17th, 2015 4:30am
This is a great question! The best way to stop negative thoughts from entering your mind is to find something that makes you happy! Maybe writing or watching a funny movie, talking to a good friend? There's loads of things that can stop these negative thoughts. Also, I would suggest writing down these thoughts on paper, so that when they do come into your mind, you can release them in a healthy way. And, maybe in order to "get rid" of those negative thoughts, you could burn, tear up, or throw away the paper?
Smrtbibliophile
April 9th, 2015 2:07am
I think it's tricky to stop them from entering, but when they do enter, I ask myself how I'd respond to a friend who had the same thought. It puts things into perspective for me.
Anonymous
February 29th, 2016 7:04am
Think of happy things, listen to uplifting music, take a walk. Do something that makes YOU happy!!!!
peacefulBlossom32
May 3rd, 2016 2:01pm
Try to understand the reality and don't underestimate yourself. Don't think that you can't do anything. You are also special and you've so many talents try to find out your passion and focus on it. Try to fulfill your dream but please don't get over realistic
Oscarthecat3
August 30th, 2016 12:34pm
From my experience, the best way to keep negative thoughts from straying into the mind, is to exercise frequently, organise frequent outings with friends, and to have occasional breaks to your daily routine, do something different.
Sauvimia
July 10th, 2017 5:59am
By not giving them any power over you, thoughts are just thoughts at the end of the day. Watch them pass by and go just the way clouds do.
Anonymous
June 23rd, 2015 8:10am
What I did and still do is doing things that I enjoy, e.g.: reading encouragement quotes, talking to my best friends, watching movies, etc
temporarycarla
January 25th, 2016 10:41pm
Do things that you enjoy, it will make you feel better and stop you from having negative thoughts all the time.
WalkinDownRapperBlvd
March 1st, 2016 6:23pm
Always think of something like Christmas. Think about what you want and what you've gotten. Maybe even who you wanna see or will.
DaughterofChrist
May 31st, 2016 12:25am
I struggled with this for quite some time. I still do. Try your best to engage your mind in the physical. Feel a fabric and really think about it, feel the weight of gravity on your body. In my opinion, most of the time, what happens physically is much more enticing to the senses than mental.
fasterturtlespls
July 12th, 2016 9:54pm
I'm an over-thinker, to stop the negative thoughts I need take a deep breath, count to three and focus on what I can do in the present moment.
Anonymous
September 12th, 2016 3:35pm
You can't. You have to find ways to channel it. Distract your mind by doing art (coloring. drawing, painting).
RewindTheClock
November 27th, 2017 5:36am
I like to do what is typically called a self-check in but I call it taking my thoughts to court because I am about to disprove my thoughts by telling them basically the reality of the situation and that i am ok. I acknowledge that they are there but I put them in the corner of my mind and forget about them and distract myself.
Anonymous
December 31st, 2014 3:56pm
I like to do exercise, it's the best for stopping bad thoughts, also hug my dog or think about something that makes me really happy.
Anonymous
December 31st, 2014 4:18pm
I always crowd out the negative feelings and thoughts with positive ones. Don't give the negative thoughts room to manifest.
Anonymous
August 24th, 2015 10:56pm
i usually distract my self... like ill go and cook or excersie or maybe go for a walk with some friends....
tranquilStar13
January 4th, 2016 10:33am
The best prevention in keeping your mind away from negative thoughts is by careful and focused conditioning. For example, sublimation could be one effective method. Doing something that peak your interest such as playing basketball, answering a crossword puzzle, or even sharing your quality time with true, good friends could ease those negative vibes step by step and in turn, it would be replaced with some optimism.
SereneBeauty820
March 28th, 2016 5:21am
I try to detour my thoughts into meditation, yoga, breathing excercises, getting emotional support!!!!!!! You must be in a healthy environment as well for your well being!
Anonymous
March 18th, 2017 11:15am
When you start having bad thought, write each one on a paper. Then you have to annotate one possitive thought for each negative one. Try to look for the possitive side of every bad thought. The objetive is transform little by little this type of thoughts in possitive. By tthe you will can make this without writing in a paper :)
Laubfrosch
July 18th, 2017 6:59am
I'm not trying to delete my dark thoughts, I accept it that very moment, that they are there. But then I free myself not FROM them, but WITHIN them. I imagine them like a magnet. I am the positive side, the thoughts are the negative side. They always try to cling to me. I imagine that I grab them and pull them off my mind, so they can float away or even get some distance. I also imagine my thoughts like a parrot, brabbling all day. It's not me who is thinking these thoughts, it's the parrot. And I love him. He needs care and caressing. It's called self-care and self-love. By the way: there are no needs to worry about the past or the future: the past has been long gone and can never return, and the future is yet to be build. All things in the future will ever turn out in another way than you thought of it. So thinking about it and worry is not necessary. All is going to happen as it should be. What counts, is now. That very moment you breathe in. You can't breathe in belatedly, nor in advance. You only can breathe in NOW. This very moment. Now. It's good to know that you are on Earth. You are great. Have a nice day and: Breathe :) If you think too much, you might muss all that colorful beauty that surrounds you :) Be well.
SoulfulSam
November 20th, 2017 3:29pm
To stop negative thoughts you need to think positive. Sometimes you might even want to face those negative thoughts and try your best to eliminate them.