Annette over at Annette’s Place hosts a Self-Improvement blogshare. This week, she proposes:
I encourage you to write a post and link it back here to share with us some negative thoughts you live with and how do you place them under arrest?
I don’t have nearly as many negative thoughts these days as I have had in the past. So I am going to list the ones I used to have, the ones I still have and then how I combat them.
Past Negative Thoughts:
- I am a burden to everyone.
- No one could possibly love me.
- I am fat and ugly.
- I am a phony.
- I would be better off dead.
- No one understands me. Therefore, I deserve to be alone.
- I have nothing of value to contribute to others.
Current Negative Thoughts:
- My writing sucks
- I’m still fat and ugly
- I am still unlovable
It took me years of therapy to overcome most of those past negative thoughts. The current ones don’t creep in very often, thankfully. But when they do, what do I do? I keep a journal of positive and motivational quotes and read them often. I also switch to Mindfulness mode and will concentrate on one small thing until the thoughts subside. If both of those fail, I will put in some inspirational music or watch a good movie. If I still cannot relieve my mind of the negative, I do the Ho’oponopono meditation. Generally, the thoughts go away fairly quickly when I do that.
How about you, dear readers? How do you combat negative thoughts? Share your thoughts with me in comments.