A lot of us tend to experience negative thoughts now and again. One minute we’re going about our day and all of a sudden a negative thought pops into our heads. You might suddenly think “Should I be doing this?” “Why did I talk about that?” “Did I make a huge mistake?”. Sometimes these negative thoughts go on and on. You might even find yourself replaying some conversations to see whether you sounded stupid or whether you grasped what the person you were talking to actually meant. 

Negative thoughts can put you into a downward spiral, leaving you feeling anxious, and as if your world is going to cave in. And all of this takes place in your mind. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Our survival instincts evolved so that they can keep us alive. Our brain detects threats and we’re designed to use more negative information than positive when it comes to creating a picture of our world. 

Our distant ancestors had to rely on their survival instincts a lot more than we do. They had to be aware of predators a lot more than we do. However, we still have some of the same survival instincts as our distant ancestors, no matter how technologically advanced our world is. 

How to Stop Negative Thoughts 

You don’t have to be stuck in a negative cycle all the time, with a bit of work, you can turn these thoughts around. 

Imagine a Stop Sign – Imagine a stop sign as soon as negative thoughts appear. This can help you to move away from the thoughts. Try to distract yourself, go for a walk, listen to some music, think about positive things. These methods can help you to become absorbed in something else, which could help to build your self-esteem. 

Pay some attention to the thought – When you continuously push these negative thoughts away you become stronger. When you accept the thought and distract yourself from it, you deal with it in a constructive way. You might occasionally wish to notice the thought without jumping to any conclusions. Ask yourself if the thoughts are accurate and are they helpful. Doing this can encourage you to have a more helpful and accurate way of feeling and thinking. 

 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk