How do I stop thinking about death?

160 Answers
Last Updated: 08/02/2019 at 8:44am
How do I stop thinking about death?
1 Tip to Feel Better
United States
Moderated by

Veronica Wade-Hampton, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

I enjoy working with individuals of all capacities as I view the role of therapist as one in which you help the client learn to cope with the pressures of daily life.

Top Rated Answers
Anonymous
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.'
Anonymous
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
OpenedEyes
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 :)
ListeningOak
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.
Leenient
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.
peacefulkat
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.
Anonymous
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.
Anonymous
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.
wonderousHero97
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...
itstimetodance
September 1st, 2017 2:50pm
Death is a terrifying thing indeed, one of my worst fears. I choose to embrace it, however. To do something worthwhile during my life that will make me proud and not afraid to die. To leave my mark engraved on the universe, to live every moment like my last.
Bleppa
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!
MissLuthien
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.
TheRipplingPond
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.
Anonymous
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.
Anonymous
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 ^_^
soliviahilton
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.
Anonymous
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☺💛
CarissasHereToTalk
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.
XanderDream
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.
IsabellaUnicorn
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.
Anonymous
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.
AprylFools
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.
Anonymous
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
Anonymous
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?
Thislittlelightwillshine
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.
SirMaDDaM
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.
Anonymous
July 18th, 2018 12:27pm
Well, what helped me was to start thinking of the complete opposite, life. What I like about life, what I hate about it, what I live for and how I want to live.
Anonymous
August 2nd, 2018 11:48am
by holding onto the one good thing you have. By holding on and thinking about that one good thing that makes you happy. Then those 100 reasons will look very small to end your beautiful life.
Lyfx0x0
August 24th, 2018 2:39pm
Suicidal thoughts , are so overwhelming and powering majority of the time . It’s just impossible to ignore them right ?. Don’t let them take over who you are . Show them that your in control !. You can do it ! I know you all can . Just by picking up one of your favourite all time books , listening to music , baking a few delicious , stomach wrenching treats or even going out on a 5 min walk can do the trick . As the saying goes “ every little helps”. You may not think this now but the impact these little tasks have on you , are so incredibly fulfilling and effective. You won’t even think about suicide . Even if it’s just for a little while :))
frostymango546
September 5th, 2018 10:53am
You can stop thinking about death by thinking about the happiness and success you have gained in this life with the help of your friends and loved ones. Once you leave this world you do not get an option to return. And this is your life. You should not be thinking to give up on this life because of some issues which will be solved sooner or later. These issues are not so worthy that one may start thinking about death in order to get rid of these issues. You are precious and worthy and you can not that to yourself