Are negative thoughts controlling your life? Do you know how to stop negative thoughts from spiraling out of control? As providers of counseling services in Tucson, AZ, our team at In Balance Counseling will hear your struggles and help you find new ways to gain control.
Call 520-722-9631 to set up an appointment for individual counseling. Then, continue reading to learn better ways to cope with negative thought patterns.
First, take a moment to find a quiet space to reflect. Sometimes, the hustle of your daily routine can get in the way of your mental health. But your health is important, and you deserve the time and space to reconnect with yourself and change negative thinking.
Then, identify the thoughts by giving them names. Some examples of appropriate labels include:
Once you’ve labeled the thoughts, try to understand what they’re actually telling you. Use the catastrophizing thought as an example. You think the worst-case scenario will certainly take place. Yet, it hasn’t happened, and what actually takes place might differ completely.
The following examples demonstrate how you can have a negative thought and transform it into something more positive or balanced:
Learning how to stop negative thoughts requires self-affirmation. After replacing each thought with a new, more balanced thought, follow up with an affirmation. If loved ones approached you with the same thoughts about themselves, how would you respond?
You would reaffirm their value to your life and the rest of the world. Practice doing something similar for yourself.
As you practice this pattern of mindfulness, try to track your thought process in a journal. You can use the following tracking template.
You might notice that your thoughts slowly begin shifting away from the old thought patterns that controlled your life and happiness.
Discovering how to stop negative thoughts can help you cope with negative experiences in a more productive manner. At In Balance Counseling, we offer therapy for anxiety, depression, and other issues that cause destructive thought patterns.
Call 520-722-9631 to find mental health resources that fit your needs today.
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