How do I stop thinking about death?

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Last Updated: 04/25/2019 at 11:31pm
How do I stop thinking about death?
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Top Rated Answers
lovingWords70
May 25th, 2016 4:59pm
I stopped thinking about death when I started thinking about the simplest things that make me happy while I'm alive. Try it.
Anonymous
July 2nd, 2016 7:10am
I would surround your self with people that care and that give you strength to be strong again to focus on the positive things in life to make you feel safe and secure. Keep your mind on something that you love and enjoy that makes you happy ......hobbies? .
silverBlueberry42
July 7th, 2017 1:37am
The first step is to be at peace with it. Once you are and you accept it as a part of the human experience, your feelings towards it will be much more balanced and less intrusive.
Anonymous
August 4th, 2017 10:01am
Make a list in your head/on paper about each and every single thing (big and small) that you are thankful for. Think about ways you could positively impact the lives of people in your local community, globally online, and through any volunteer work. Engage a hobby or interest you enjoy and pursue it. Try new and fun activities you have not tried before. Explore new areas of interest to learn about. Find your passion in life and let that be your motivation. Find an activity that not only makes you feel good, but makes you feel part of something important or part of a community.
Anonymous
August 12th, 2017 12:16pm
You have to try to focus on the things that you love. It can be anything from a sport, to your friends/family members. You have to keep in mind that life is a precious gift and that you being here is a 1/100000000000000000000 chance, I mean when you think about it, that's amazing to be able to experience life. Also, you have kept it going all those years, don't stop now! You mean something to a lot of people even though it may not seem like it !
lifefighter1012
April 8th, 2018 7:25pm
Think about all the reasons you enjoy to live even if they seem small. You can find those reasons within people, places or even things. Also keeping yourself distracted with things you like also helps repel those thoughts of death.
LoveIsLife94
April 26th, 2018 11:42pm
Fill your time with meaningful activities and surround yourself with good people. Idleness is an enemy..
Anonymous
June 8th, 2018 1:04pm
To be honest there isn't a simple answer to it. You can't stop thinking about dying because some time in your life you'll feel burdened by your problems and again you'll feel like dying. Just don't let it overcome you.
Anonymous
June 24th, 2018 10:51am
Death is a part of life. No point fearing it as we all gonna face it one day. All we can do is focus on our now life. Cherish it and make the most out of it.
zealousSun36
April 29th, 2016 9:35pm
You can engage yourself in various works you like like painting, cleaning dishes, exercise, meditation. But if it bothers you more than normal then immediately without hesitation contact someone who can help you maybe he/she is your relative or your health care provider.
betsy2019
May 5th, 2016 12:53pm
Ask for help it's okay to need it. If you want to die your best option is to get help from an adult.
eternalWriting37
May 15th, 2016 11:12am
Try thinking of the opposite, if that doesn't help try figuring out why you are obsessing to begin with and try to face that fear.
ShiningWolf
May 28th, 2016 5:10pm
By thinking of all the people who care about you. Think how they would react if you passed away; and even if you don't think anyone would care, they would. A death affects so many people, some that you might not have even known.
Anonymous
June 2nd, 2016 11:21pm
Think about life? Think about how well you are doing in the life your living now and how it would hurt people of you wasn't around
Sindi00
June 3rd, 2016 4:01pm
Start thinking about life! The amazing opportunity you have to live. Appreciate every moment that u have, every memorie. When u learn how to be thankful to the life that u own, u don't have anymore space on your mind to think about death 💕
peacefulWinter66
June 7th, 2016 11:06pm
Figure out how it makes you feel when you think about it, figure out why you think about it and what causes you to think about it. Adress those feelings and situations. If you want to stop thinking about death it's up to you to make the mind-move from where you are right now to where you want to be.
Zebrasarcastic
June 10th, 2016 1:33pm
Death is inevitable it has to come when it does don't think about it how just think it will when it will and live the moment
Alexa101
July 6th, 2016 2:33am
Think of all of the positive and things you are thankful for. Think of the people who love you and would be devastated when you left.
LifeenRiched
July 30th, 2016 6:05am
The best way I have found to stop thinking about death is to first distract yourself with anything art, cooking, cute puppy videos on YouTube and then continuing to be mindful and present.
SongBird7
October 5th, 2016 4:49am
Look to the present, and look to the things you cherish. You have to know that you are significant and valued, and that you are surrounded by people who are very endeared to you.
BeforeDawn
October 7th, 2016 12:52am
Start thinking about life. Everything and everybody dies. There's no way of avoiding that. Living is a bit difficult, yes, but you get to live only once. Better to live, try and fail, then give up and die forever.
purpleRaven76
January 22nd, 2017 1:43pm
Do you feel you absolutely need to stop thinking about death? I ask because, life and death, dark and light, can't exist without each other. Thinking about these things can lead you to finding your inner wisdom and learning about who you are. Obsessive thoughts about dying, however, can be dangerous. Do you idealize suicidal thoughts, or do you think about plans to die? If you're making plans, please reach out for help. Here or anywhere. You can't think about death if you're dead.
avocadoallyson
February 6th, 2017 7:13am
Thinking about death can be very time consuming and very detrimental to mental health. When you find yourself thinking about death, try to replace those thoughts with thoughts about people you love and care about. Remind yourself that you are important and valued.
Anonymous
March 11th, 2017 3:13am
think about life and what you love about it and just go and enjoy the simple things like your lover's laugh or a nice sunset
kazzin
September 17th, 2017 12:49pm
Take a moment of your day to just lay on bed, and listen to your surroundings. Close your eyes if wanted. Then, stand up and look out a window. Look at trees, look at the clouds, look the people walking. You're feeling like there's no point to any of this, but look closely to a bird, or perhaps a butterfly. Look how beautiful this world actually is, and realize that without you, it wouldn't be the same.
Schultzy
September 21st, 2017 10:24pm
Death is something that comes for everyone, and will of course be something that you think about. That being said, We don't know what happens for sure after death. That's why I like to try and focus on the living. For all we know, We've only got one chance at life, So might as well try to make the most of what were given. Enjoy the little things in life like sunsets, or a good song. Cherish the people around you that make you happy, Just take things one day at a time. If today is a rough day, Tomorrow is always a brand new day to try again. Things might look like all rainy and thunderstorms, But at the end of every thunderstorm, The sun always comes up and a rainbow might just make it's appearance.
huggerLover14
September 22nd, 2017 6:31pm
In my opinion, in order to get through depressive thoughts and stop thinking of things such as death you need to turn to the people who will support you and take your mind of such things. Go and do something you have never done before, explore, read, write, or just take some physical activity which will get you moving or going. It is always better to do it with someone else of course.
bluedark
November 20th, 2017 9:03pm
make new targets in ur life .. try to love .. love any thing .. love and hope only can beat the fear of death
Anonymous
February 8th, 2018 9:19pm
If I tell you not to think about pink elephants! .... what’s the first thing you think about? It’s natural to want to avoid thinking about things that worry, upset or scare us but, death is something that all of us will face one day. We’re all likely to feel grief at the loss of a loved one, and one day we will all experience death. So rather than avoid thinking about it, I’d encourage you to think and talk about what death means to you. Talk about how you feel when you think about it... what your thoughts are about what happens after someone dies? What has been your experience of death, life or loss so far? If you’re thinking about death a lot then it might be that your beautiful brain is telling you there’s something you’re processing, so let it. Maybe by talking, writing, painting, playing music...however you express yourself and process feelings. It’s better out than in. And once you’ve allowed yourself that space, you may may find you’re not so preoccupied with death.
Anonymous
February 22nd, 2018 10:14pm
You can start by doing stuff you like and finding stuff that helps you forget about it you can also find somone to help.