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How do I stop thinking about death?

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Last Updated: 02/04/2022 at 1:12am
How do I stop thinking about death?
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June 3rd, 2016 7:45am
Thinking about death is not inherently a bad thing. Many of us sooner or later will reach a point where we reflect on how fragile we are and the unknown. If you find that these thoughts become unhealthy and start trending towards somewhere unhealthy, it would be best to talk to reach out to someone so they can help talk you through those feelings.
June 4th, 2016 7:09pm
maybe by thinking about death. see everyone of us has one such wild dream planned for life like i want to do bungee jumping at Royal Gorge Bridge, Colorado, United States, the highest bungee jump of the world so just think of what is yours and then just pledge to die only after doing and then just plan for it i know it wont be easy and that is why its a wild dream. so do whatever it takes to complete the mission.
June 5th, 2016 12:37pm
By thinking about it twice as much to cover the whole subject. Once there is so few left to think about it, you won't think about it as much or the process will be much quicker.
June 12th, 2016 1:17pm
Thinking about death and mortality is a very common thought and fear with people. Sometimes it is easy to become fixated on it and worry about what may happen, when 'your time' will be, what it is like in the afterlife (should you believe in one). Everyone handles the thought differently; sometimes people think that it is unavoidable, so make the most out of today while you can. Others just stop thinking about it. Often times one of the biggest hurdles to overcome is the thought of being human, being vulnerable, and being mortal. While it sounds cliché/undersupportive, the thought sometimes helps others wonder why they are thinking about death. If you are fixated on the thought of death or are worried about death and dying, speak with someone at 7 Cups or a mental health care provider.
June 15th, 2016 8:06am
I find what is most helpful to stop thinking about death, is telling yourself in your head, I really felt like dying right now, but not verbalising out in words. As you said that, move on forward with doing things that adds value to your life. The thoughts will always be there, but it's ok to feel like dying, maybe we aren't taught to think about living? :P
July 8th, 2016 5:57pm
Well, according to one of my perspectives on it, thinking about death is not necessarily a bad thing! Because it makes us want to make every moment count and enjoy life! But if someone thinks about it too much or frequently, develops suicidal tendencies, feel worthless and thinks he/she is gonna die soon or he/she should die, then thats not really good sign, and I really mean it. Not good! This type of thought is considered as a symptom if depression. So if you cant stop thinking about death and its affects you negatively, get help, talk to an expert, a physician or a psychiatrist about it. But if you think its not really that severe, you dont really think abou it but it comes to your mind and you cant ignore it, then I would say it is your subconsciousness that is trying to tell you that you are not thinking about your life enough and you are not enjoying life or not doing things that you planned on doing. So thats it, start enjoying life, making it beautiful, helping others and being the best you can be. Helping others can you happy instantly, songs like 'Best day of my life' or 'Happy' can do it as well! What I mean is listen to music as well! Songs that will lift your soul! Spend some time with your friends, spend more time with your family. If even that doesnt work? Consult a physician or an expert and keep smiling :-) ! And dont forget to listen to some jokes often and laugh!
July 16th, 2016 1:48am
You don't! All we can do is surround ourselves with family and friends we trust and talk about it when you can! Death tales time and there's no right or wrong way to go about. The only thing that's heals death is time...
July 17th, 2016 5:39am
Death is always in the back of my mind for sure. I know that anyone's life can easily be taken as quickly as the way it came if not quicker. The only thing you can do is use death to conquer your fears and to take risks. You may hesitate to do something risky but then if you remember that you're going to die anyway, it will really put things into perspective.
July 22nd, 2016 8:16am
I try to focus my thoughts on something compleatly random, or divulge in another activity such as music, writing, tv, something I know I enjoy.
July 27th, 2016 11:59am
Death is always going to happen no matter what and you cant stop it, however if you think about the positive things within your life, and think about the things that encourage you to see the amazing sections and parts of life and the things that make you smile behind life, this could stop this idea about you thinking about death, maybe even taking up a hobby.
July 30th, 2016 3:02am
Doing something that makes you happy to take your mind off of it. Listening to happy music or watching a tv show that makes you laugh.
July 30th, 2016 3:00pm
Having a goal and working towards it- an ambition..................................................
July 30th, 2016 3:17pm
The need to find the cause behind this kind of thoughts, is must. That is the first step. It maybe due to various reasons such as -low self esteem, self doubt, anxiety and so on. Whatever maybe the reason you know that these are unhealthy. And what do we do with unhealthy stuff ?- throw or replace with the healthy one. When you force yourself with something (like trying tostop thinking about death in this case) you are in return hurting yourself, and the thought is not even gone. It stays there to pop up again. So the best way to make this work is to accept the thought and analyse, on what basis you are thinking of death? Why you feel like dying and not face the problem? What is so difficult about it that you need to die ? And so on... Feeling sad or depressed is quite okay few times but death is not an option. We own the highest intelligence in the world and are gifted with thebest life. Utilize the precious time. If one thing doesn't works , go for something else. It's okay to fail until you are not willing to give up . :)
July 31st, 2016 5:40am
Well first, I want to let you know that it is not abnormal to think about death. Everyone questions their humanity and mortality at least once. Usually, when I want to stop thinking about something, I force myself to think about something else. I don't know if that could work for you because everyone is different, but I guess that's worth a try.
August 4th, 2016 8:50pm
There are numerous ways to stop thinking about death for a moment. It will only be for a moment though. I usually busied myself with tactile things. Things that took concentration and were hands on. I started out with writing how I felt since I tended to think about death when I felt completely alone. It was almost always my most mediocre writing. It was something I felt ashamed about; musings about taking my own life and I found it mildly interesting that I continually thought that my life would end on a silent note whilst I would cry rivers for the lives of loved ones. It then occurred to me, what made my life so much less important than the ones I'd cry for? For myself to stop thinking that death would be the end-all and stop my life from feeling so rushed, harsh, and hopeless...I accepted it as an inevitability. Life has worth. Every life has a purpose. After my stroke, realizing death will happen at any point and for any reason, it became easier for me to stop thinking about death as an answer for everything that hurt. For every time I cried, was let down, failed, was abused...death is rarely the first thing that pops into my head. My first thought is trying to see things from the other side. However, I understand that accepting death as an inevitability is not a way to stop thinking about it completely. So. You can busy yourself which will temporarily distract you from the thoughts or you can talk to someone you trust who won't invalidate what you're feeling about why it is you're thinking about death.
August 7th, 2016 5:52am
I would try to find a hobby, or outlet to try and keep myself busy. Music for me was the a perfect way to deal with some of what I was going through.
August 10th, 2016 6:08am
Death of yourself or death of a loved one? Death of yourself. Realize the worth of your life, give yourself reasons to live, make your life worth living
August 10th, 2016 11:56pm
Think of all the positive things you want to do and will be able to do, and you can't do it after you die.
August 17th, 2016 10:16am
every time it comes to your mind think about something else, like your day, your work, lover, wife or husband, friends, good moments you had in the past anything else, or you can even count from 200 to 0 so it distracts you. Good Luck.
September 4th, 2016 4:03am
Death is something people often feel scared of, yet it is something we must face in reality something. It's OK to think about death, but think of it as a reminder for us to always do good and be nice to others. Rather than thinking about death, it is better to focus on present; what kind of good deeds can I do today? Does anyone need my help today? Simply live a good life, and the thought won't bother you anymore :)
September 4th, 2016 9:45am
Do something you like to get your mind off it. If you can't stop thinking about it, you might want to talk to a parent or a school counsellor. Don't worry! Nothing's wrong with you. This might help solve your problem! :)
September 8th, 2016 4:36pm
We all have this in our final path. Know that we are all in this together. If it really makes your anxious and worried try to relax with some calming music.
September 11th, 2016 11:44am
Think about something that makes you happy. About your family, friends or even your lover. About your hobbies and the great things in life.
September 11th, 2016 7:13pm
I really don't know but I've been towards it and what made me stop thinking about it was depression. I've been so bad that I became desiring the death and today it doesn't feel like my heart is being squeezed anymore when I think about death ou contraire it's pleasant
September 17th, 2016 8:19pm
Thinking about death is very natural, especially if you experienced the death of a person being near to you. I would say, you never really stop thinking about death, it just gets easier to carry as you go on.
September 25th, 2016 11:55pm
speak to grief councellors or people that have gone through similar experiences so you can learn from them
September 28th, 2016 5:51am
In order to stop thinking about it all you really have to do is accept it. Everyone eventually dies and there is no if ands or buts about it is infallable. Accept what you cannot change and you'll live a happier life
September 28th, 2016 11:31am
Thinking about death can be a natural process but if you find that this is becoming all the time or that the thoughts or feelings are upsetting them maybe you could discuss this with someone you feel close to or trust? Maybe someone at 7 Cups or maybe even your doctor? But know that you will be supported and provided a space to share your views and find a way beyond this...
September 30th, 2016 2:46pm
By starting thinking about whats before it "life" by starting thinking about your dreams ,by focusing on why you dont want to die
October 1st, 2016 7:07am
"Live life in the moment and view each moment simply as a moment a point in time. In this moment we have a choice on what we're going to be and how we're going to react accordingly and be the person we want to truly be.”