How to Fight (and Win) a Battle Against Your Negative ThoughtsNone By Derrick Carpenter
I recently led a webinar for Happify on Overcoming Negative Thoughts, where I outlined four strategies for loosening the grip that negative thinking has on our minds. This article is part three of a four-part series reviewing these strategies in more detail.
In my previous articles, I discussed how negative thoughts can often be false, leading us to negative feelings that are unwarranted. Distraction can be a great first strategy to try, but when our negative thoughts are persistent, a tougher approach might be needed. Combatting our negative thoughts head-on takes a bit more practice, but proves to be a worthy opponent for even the most tenacious negative thoughts that aren’t grounded in reality.
The foundational assumption that we often make when listening to our negative thinking is that our inner critic knows what it’s talking about. The truth is, our minds feed us messages that range from mild embellishments (“My boss doesn’t like me”) to outright lies (“I’m not qualified to do anything”). This doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with us. It just means that we’re human, and that we have to be particularly cautious when tuning in to our inner monologue.
Once we realize that the negative thought grabbing our attention might not be true, we have the power to combat it. Fighting against our own thoughts swiftly and decisively demands focus and discipline, but it’s a practice we can develop an