Negative thinking is a common human condition; unsettling ideas can easily creep into the mind before a person even realizes the presence of these thoughts.
The first step in challenging negative thinking is recognizing the presence of negative (or intrusive) thought. Monitoring and recognizing frequent thought patterns can help you manage these moments. Take note of the frequency and strength of the thoughts when you’re experiencing them. Be alert to any associated moods and emotions. Observe if a certain topic tends to speed the negative thought process.
After acknowledging those thoughts, you can begin to handle them. Rather than ruminating on stressful or anxiety-ridden ideas, eventually you will be able to dismiss them as just what they are — passing moments.
Stopping the flow of negativity takes time. The brain builds up patterns, and a brain can become hardwired, over time, to regularly produce negative thoughts. Yoga, meditation, (or any activity that helps to clear the brain), can be useful in combating troubling ideas. If the brain can achieve a neutral stage, then positive or peaceful thoughts have room to develop.
Mediation works when the brain is taught to release thoughts instead of recirculating them. The practice allow tension to float away and give the brain an opportunity to relax. When we recognize the existence of negativity, we can let it go instead of focusing on it, giving us power over those anxious moments.
Caring professionals can help if you find yourself awake at night, unable to let go of stressful thoughts and anxiety-ridden dreams. Contact York Region Psychological Services at (416) 602-3230 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org; we want to help you develop the personal tools to handle these moments and feel content.