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You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh I was visiting a friend in New York City this past weekend as we discussed various elements of all things spiritual. Discussion of teachers, techniques, paths and so forth culminated into some personal and candid sharing with one another. As I went to sleep in my friends cozy guest bed, I reflected on those dark times and how truly transformative the following technique taught by Thich Nhat Hanh has been in turning my life around. It’s extremely simple and can be done anytime, anywhere and in virtually any circumstance. The following is my translation and is not verbatim. So with that being said, I’ve broken it down to seven simple steps for you. How To Stop Negative Thoughts From Getting You Down.
Have you ever thought about the things that go through your mind on a daily basis?
Most of us are consumed by a great deal of negative ideas and scenarios due to stress, fear, and anxiety. While not all negative thoughts are bad, majority are. Long-term negative thinking can develop mindsets and habits that can be extremely difficult to break or overcome. In fact, it can even create problems that aren’t real! 8 Ways to Defeat Persistent Unwanted Thoughts.
Repressing thoughts doesn’t work so here are 8 ways to get rid of negative thoughts.
It’s one of the irritations of having a mind that sometimes it’s hard to get rid of negative thoughts. It could be a mistake at work, money worries or perhaps a nameless fear. Whatever the anxiety, fear or worry, it can prove very difficult to control. The most intuitive method to get rid of negative thoughts is trying to suppress them by pushing it out of our minds. Unfortunately, as many studies have shown, thought suppression doesn’t work. So, what alternatives exist to get rid of negative thoughts we’d rather not have going around in our heads? In an article for American Psychologist, the expert on thought suppression, Daniel Wegner, explains some potential methods to get rid of negative thoughts (Wegner, 2011). 1. The natural tendency when trying to get your mind off, say, a social gaff you made, is to try and think about something else: to distract yourself. 7 Ways to Change Your Attitude When You Can’t Change Anything Else.
Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.
Sometimes changing your circumstances isn’t possible – or simply not possible soon enough. You can’t get to a new job in an instant. You can’t make someone else change against his or her will. And you certainly can’t erase the past. So what options do you have left? Change your perception, belief or opinion about your circumstances. The Greek philosopher Epictetus said it perfectly more than 2,000 years ago: “People are disturbed, not by things (that happen to them), but by the principles and opinions which they form concerning (those) things. Modern behavioral science agrees too. Have no clue how to change your perception of things – and improve your attitude? Still your mind. – In order to gain conscious control of what goes on in your mind, you need to develop a keen awareness for this process.
Afterthoughts I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the mind is your battleground. Your turn… How about you? Photo by: Kren Related. Trapped by your Mind? Learn This Five Step Process for Releasing Limiting Beliefs - Social Anxiety Disorder: Impressive Study. Large study reveals the most effective treatment for social anxiety disorder.
Social anxiety disorder is most commonly treated with antidepressants, but these are not the most effective treatment. A new study finds that cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is more effective and the benefits continue after the initial treatment has finished. The disorder is thought to affect around 1 in 8 people, and is more than just being shy. The condition often strikes at important moments in people’s life and usually leads to a significant reduction in their quality of life. Evan Mayo-Wilson, the study’s lead author, said: “People with this disorder can experience severe impairment, from shunning friendships to turning down promotions at work that would require increased social interaction.The good news from our study is that social anxiety is treatable.Now that we know what works best, we need to improve access to psychotherapy for those who are suffering.”
Mayo-Wilson concluded: Image credit: Kevin Dooley.