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Think: Put An End To Your Negative Thinking

Negative thinking is something that plagues all of us at one time or another. As we progress in our recovery journeys, we must practice self-love and self-care. Self-love is about being kind to yourself. Self-care is actively doing kind things to take care of yourself and reinforce your self-love. A big part of self-care involves self-talk, and how we speak to ourselves on a day to day basis.

According to the author of “Stop negative thinking” for Wellness Journal magazine, Jo Bisseker Barr, “Our inner chatter can run like a never-ending soundtrack in the background, often unconsciously, yet informing and guiding so much of our conscious thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.” Barr elaborates on the idea, stating, “A huge chunk of these words can be negative, increasing our anxiety and stress levels, restricting our ability to step out of our comfort zone and hindering the chance of bringing positivity into our lives.” Putting an end to your negative thoughts and replacing them with loving and kind self-talk is crucial to sustaining a healthy and happy recovery.

Negative Thoughts

Negative thoughts flow through our minds often and we may not even notice that they are there. Our negative thoughts may become so routine to us that we consider them normal and allow them to live rent-free in our minds. It’s time we put a stop to that. Negative self-talk “can emerge in moments where we feel we’re not fully in control, casting doubt over our ability to take a risk, go for it and emerge successfully,” says Barr. “Over time, these thoughts become entrenched, breeding anxiety that latches itself onto an increasing number of things in our lives.” In other words, unchecked negative thinking can lead to anxiety, which creates self-doubt and the subsequent inability to get things done. We become overly worried, thus we don’t have the ability to think clearly about the things we should be focusing on.

Tools to Have in Your Toolbox

One thing that can be extremely helpful for stopping your negative thinking is writing down those negative and intrusive thoughts. Jotting down what you’re thinking about can help you “capture and take control of [your] negative thinking,” says Barr. Once you get the negative thoughts out on paper, you can write down replacement thoughts. What can you write down that is comforting or encouraging? What can you write down that will help you succeed? These are the things you should carry with you to help you stop the negative thinking.

Villa Tranquil Recovery wants to help you clear your head of negative thinking and replace it with loving and kind self-talk that promotes healing and supports growth in your recovery. If you feel like your thinking is holding you back and keeping you stuck in the same old patterns, we’re here to support you in making a change. Reach out to one of our professionals today to learn more about how we can help, at 214-799-3080.