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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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Top Rated Answers
October 7th, 2016 9:02pm
if something doesn't kill you, then it is given to make you stronger. Death is not the end of a problem, deal with life, deal with problems, remember no problem is permanent. It breaks you and then it starts building you again.
October 14th, 2016 9:36am
You only have one chance at life, I believe. So, you better maximize what nature has given to you. I used to wonder what the point was as well, until I figured this out. Now, I'm trying to do as much as I can before I die. It may not mean anything in the end, but I don't want to be on my death bed wondering what could have happened. all the best !! :)
October 21st, 2016 7:35am
Instead of thinking about the future, or the past, think about the present. Whenever you catch yourself swimming in the shadowy depths of death, just think of the present moment, and what you could do right then to make it as good as it could be. Whether it be simply sitting up straight and breathing deeply, or lounging on the couch and having a "treat yourself" moment. Any type of healthy change is a good idea.
October 27th, 2016 1:49am
Sometimes seeing a therapist when you can't stop thinking about death helps, as they can offer different things to think about or plans to help you move on from the thought of it.
October 27th, 2016 1:41pm
Keeping your mind and body busy. Exercising, music, hanging out with friends and family, playing games, doing someting theraputic or a hobby you enjoy.
November 2nd, 2016 2:29pm
Death is not the answer. It is not cowardly to think like this. We all go through suicidal phases. But death may mean missing out on all the beautiful things that are yet to come further in life. Its just about holding on and drawing strength from the line-'This too shall pass.'
November 3rd, 2016 10:56am
Occupy yourself with things that you enjoy such as a hobby or a interest. Like reading a book or going out with friends and just pretty much enjoy your life
December 14th, 2016 8:05pm
Focus on life and the amazing things it has to offer, you just have to be willing to open your eyes and look within :)
December 22nd, 2016 2:23pm
I think the best way to stop thinking about something is to accept that you are thinking about it and then let your mind wander from there. If it keeps returning to that issue then an open conversation with someone you trust on the subject may be invaluable. Any fear can become less frightening if we shine a little light on it.
March 22nd, 2017 4:57am
Think about your purpose in life instead. You may not have one now but you can look for one. It can be anything like being on the journey of constant self-improvement or providing any help and support to certain communities in need. Introspect, ask yourself what is important to you that deeply affects you.
April 5th, 2017 5:00am
Thinking about happier things and being active. Talking about your feelings more and whenever you are feeling down try to think positive, think of the reasons why you do want to live and the people around you who care about you.
April 15th, 2017 1:58pm
As a helpful reminder, grab a notebook and write down all the things you should be grateful for in our life, the try to associate yourself with those happy things that will make you forget about death.
July 14th, 2017 4:11pm
You should talk to someone about what you're feeling - someone you trust and feel safe with. To continuously think about death can be unhealthy and potentially dangerous towards you and the others around you. It is healthy to talk your feelings out with someone and address the source of your continuous thinking of death.
July 19th, 2017 10:33am
Try to think about what makes you happy. Even if it's unreal and just something in your imagination, think about the good things that happened to you. Try to be stronger than the thoughts. You are stronger and you need to trust yourself in everything you do...
September 1st, 2017 6:35pm
Think more about reasons to live rather than to not. There is no simple solution to it, but rather than allowing pessimism to take control of your thoughts you must try to see motivation to wake up tomorrow. Look forward to things, plan!
September 17th, 2017 12:20pm
Death is an unavoidable, normal, part of life. Most people leave this world pretty comfortably, and there are ways to make it more comfortable too. Remember that it is just something that happens, and the world carries on but there'll always be memories so have as many nice times as you can.
October 26th, 2017 5:19am
I think the best way to do that is to recognise that you’re living right now. It might seem obvious, but most of us move through everyday in this state of trance, this unconsciousness. Go somewhere where there are no distractions, close your eyes, and just slowly focus on your breathing. The inhale, the exhale, the tiny flare of your nostril when you do it. And slowly imagine a sky filled with thousands of stars, and you see the earth revolving there, amidst all that million of miles and miles of space. A rock, and you’re there on that rock with it, going through this vast space, with other planets, with the sun showering it’s warmth. You are part of this galactic journey, a part of this universe and you know you will always be.
November 16th, 2017 7:47pm
Try and think about other things. Your hobbies, family, plans or anything to distract your mind for awhile. The more positive the better, but any distraction is better than none.
November 22nd, 2017 7:33am
By thinking about yourself that you are perfect and you can achieve any goal of your life if you just work on it ^_^
November 22nd, 2017 9:51am
By enjoying and appreciating life. This world has so many beautiful things to offer, even in it's seemingly most mundane days. The rise and fall of the sun. The glow of the moon. Rainfall against a window. A smile from a stranger. By focusing on death, you truly miss the beauty that comes with life. You'll have all eternity to think about death, but only a handful of years to live your life.
December 6th, 2017 6:02am
Think of good distractions.sports,hobbies,friends! Anything that'll make you happy😊 which is what you should be. Happy because you deserve to be.have a nice day☺💛
December 14th, 2017 7:06pm
Death is one of those things that most people try to avoid thinking about completely because it can be uncomfortable and depression or anxiety inducing. It does tend to help to have distractions like hobbies or TV shows to get really into just to keep your mind occupied with something else. I personally wouldn't recommend trying to completely avoid thinking about death altogether, though. Your experience is surely different from mine and everybody else's with this topic, but sometimes it's best to try and find a way to reach acceptance with something instead of pushing it down. This way, when you DO end up thinking about it again (because nobody can avoid the thought forever), while it might be a bit nerve-wracking, it might not affect you as much. I hope some of this helps.
February 7th, 2018 1:56pm
Get distracted by doing new things that interests you. Talk to your friend often or anyone on your close family member which you are comfortable sharing your thoughts and emotions.
February 14th, 2018 3:19am
I don’t think that one can completely stop thinking about death. It’s a natural part of life- but there comes a point where it consumes your day-to-day lifestyle and that is when you look for other things to attract your attention. For me when I would constantly think about something I would distract myself by reading a good novel or playing at the park with my dog. Eventually your life will fill with things that you would much rather think about than death. Writing a book is always my favorite. I am obviously not going to become a famous author but thinking about your possible new characters and their lives allows you to think and plan something and see an end result- which also gives you a sense of pride seeing your finished product.
April 5th, 2018 11:39pm
I had been thinking about death for the past week and I finally found a way for me to stop thinking about death. It's as simple as making your own afterlife that seems reasonable to you. This solution is mainly for atheists, such as myself. I can see people believing in god use this method, but they usually stick to what their religion says. If you come up with your own afterlife then it should make you feel better, even if you know it's probably fake. Just make sure it's at least reasonable and makes sense for you. My afterlife thought would be that after we die, we are all in a "paradise". After we enjoy that paradise after a long period time, we have the permission or chance to make our own universe, like a game, and live through it, and the only downside is that you don't know you are the creator. Another thought I hear is that this life is just a simulation or VR game. This is probably inspired by that one Rick and Morty video.
April 26th, 2018 1:22pm
First of all figure out why you think about death so much. Then once you've figured that out, you should be able to think of a solution to it. If however, it something more morbid that regards your health, you should speak to a doctor or a therapist.
May 13th, 2018 10:37am
Death is a thing that no one can escape no matter how hard we try and it will always be a lingering thought in the back of our minds. But excessive dwelling on this may lead to feelings of despair or even depression and that's a path you don't want to go down. Try talking to a close friend or professional about this
June 28th, 2018 11:21am
Think about the after life. Research on how to manipulate life. Research on how to resurrect. Has anybody got the book of death and teach me a few spells?
July 6th, 2018 10:17pm
When you find you have a preoccupation with death, ask yourself what it is in your life that is going on that you can control or change, if what makes you obsess over death is something related to your life, try removing the person or issue that is causing you to feel life isn't worth living.
July 18th, 2018 10:21am
By thinking about life, and it's worth. If you have nothing in result, then think about what you -could- have, and think about how to earn that. Setting up plans, and slowly executing them, will not let you have time thinking about death.