Once you start entertaining negative thoughts, t’will be hard to escape or shift focus to positive ones. Is it really necessary giving enough space to such thought to breed, and to drag you down to the painful path which would only take miracle for you to escape?
At times, our minds are just been bombarded with negative thoughts of horrible things to come, and often accompanied by dreadful reasons not to believe things is or would ever be well. What if at the end, these terrible things never happen. Imagine the wasted precious moment! It’s time to reconfigure our thinking.
We are all subjected to this act of negative thinking, but only those who know the pain it brings and its repercussion afterwards do struggle to overcome at the very start of it. But, how easy is this? Indeed, it’s not always easy, Mind you! The more you welcome your negative thoughts, the stronger, bigger and more destructive they become.
A research on negative thoughts shows that the more you are cautioned not to think of a particular thing, the harder the thought get stuck in your mind. Guy Winch, Ph.D., psychologist and author of Emotional First Aid: Practical Strategies for Treating Failure, Rejection, Guilt, and Other Everyday Psychological Injuries, relates negative thoughts to a needle in a groove: “As the groove gets deeper and deeper, the needle has a harder time getting out of the groove.”
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Thus, when you are lost into ruminating (rehearsing negative thoughts) or can no longer focus your attention to positive thoughts at will, then you are already on a lonely street to chronic depression. It’s high time you stop tormenting yourself with those imaginary movies. Make use of any of the tips below: