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Stopping Negative Thoughts

When something’s bothering you, you know that getting your mind off of it is easier said than done. In fact, research shows that when people are instructed not to think about a specific topic, it makes it even harder to get that topic out of their minds. But rehashing negative thoughts over and over in your head, also known as rumination, can be unpleasant and counterproductive—and in some cases, it can even lead to chronic depression.

Even though it may be hard to stop negative thoughts entirely, you can still learn to cope with them.

Here are 11 tips on how to stop negative thoughts. Give it a watch and leave a comment below. 


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  1. Great video and excellent tips you’ve chosen to include in it. I also came to some similar conclusions through difficult experiences in life, and while studying psychology, I’ve noticed some schools of thought actually support some of the same claims.
    I also really, really appreciate how you’ve actually explained negativity through a physiological point of view first, focusing on its origin and later explained how nothing more than chemicals and bio-electric processes shape our lives with nothing more than thoughts.
    Thoughts are those that hold power to both happiness, sadness, success and failure. As psychology usually suggests- it really IS all in your head.
    Great work, hope to hear/see more from you!

  2. Amazing video/videos. This video not only covered all the different areas of negative/pessimistic expression but gave well detailed tips on how to cope with them. They’re also reliable in the most part. Personally I believe that we should never try to aim to eliminate negative thoughts because they will never go away as they are part of us but I also feel that we should control them as well. This video can help do that. Ill be sure to share this video with many others.

  3. Helpful video. I’ve also been there and the tips are really helpful. I’m also doing/ or did the things that should help you feel better. Overthinking, drawing conclusions and not talking about your feelings can stop you from feeling happy. I am also keeping a journal to see my progress later. I tried talking to someone from school but that didnt really help, looking for happiness is also something i think you should do on your own, look what works best for you and try to apply it in your life, you will get better, have patience and enjoy life!

    Things that worked for me: keeping a journal, reading books, spening time alone (take yourself on dates), talk with friends, mindfulness, looking for a hobby (singing, dancing), staying away from social media for a while and eating great food (:

    I hope that everyone who is having problems with their thoughts get over it quickly and find their own way of making themselves happy 😊

  4. It’s a wonderful video to add to help others out of their cycle with negative thoughts. It’s great that it focuses on self-care and focusing on what the individuals love such as “Netflix.” Thoughts that persist can be difficult to navigate, especially when advice such as “Just don’t think about it,” comes from others. Personally I have noticed the focus when being told this advice, and this video does serve to provide different methods to help the brain focus on self-care methods: exercising, listening to music, and many more. Thank you making this post and sharing this video!

  5. Reappraisal of a situation is one of the best things to do, I have found, but eating better is also a major factor. Processed foods are filled with sugar, which corrode the brain, and I have found that is I stay away from those foods, I feel healthy and well. However, when I begin to eat them again, I tend to relapse.

  6. This was a great video! I really liked the format and it was really descriptive. Watching it made me realize that I’m actually pretty dang negative sometimes. I also like that the video pulled from personal experience, it really helps to hear how someone else has gone through something similar and what they did to change.
    I agree with what other commenters have said about how distracting may lead to just ignoring reality. I think it depends on where the negativity is coming from and if it’s from a situation that you have control over or not. I also think that in certain situations it’s good to get to the root of the problem – where is the negativity coming from? Why does it keep popping up? That can help someone to figure out the best mode of action to fix the negativity and properly deal with it.
    Over all, this was really good. It gives you your power back, you don’t have to be a victim to your negative thoughts and negative thought patterns.

  7. I really liked the layout and the content that was included in this video. The scientific basis gave valid reasons, in a tangible manner, as to why negative thoughts become such a problem and are hard to stop. Just like how giving specific existence to particular negative thoughts can help with letting them go, I believe making the reasons behind them more tangible does the same trick. I also especially liked the inclusion of the warning that applying personal perspectives to other people largely perpetuates negative thoughts. We live in a social world and the people around us are often the root of negative thoughts when we cannot, but help compare ourselves to them. Like the author mentioned, when we think about how a good reaction looks like to us, but it does not match the reaction that the other person just gave us we may be inclined to think that there’s something bad going on when most likely we just do not understand their POV.
    I do agree with Klaudia though in regards to the fact that an over-dependence on distractions could easily lead to the individual avoiding reality. Although the same could be said about all sorts of tricks that can be used to help manage negative thoughts. Another example is the journaling trick. Journaling could be helpful when needing to clarify certain thoughts and to get things off your chest, but from personal experience it can also lead to an overemphasis of the problems being mentioned. Additionally, when progress is minimal or slow it could be frustrating to read entries that pretty much repeat the same general problems over and over again. In the end, I think that it’s always better to take things in moderation even if it seems to be working really well as a solution at first and of course, like the author mentioned, have patience as proper discipline and change take time.

  8. It really helps solidify credibility and empathic connection with the readers, when a written topic is based on personal experience. At the same time, as a pessimist, these methods are easy to apply in daily life and also make a difference. I know this because I am also a pessimist who have been trying to stop negative thoughts and have been using the same methods. Also, making a video was definitely a much better choice than writing a whole article considering the topic. The video being short conveyed the main purpose of the article.

  9. Very nice video! I really like the psychological explaination of thinking pessimisticly, as well as the information about the resulting illnesses that negative thinking can cause.
    The tips are really good and really helpfull. My therapist gave me a few of those tips as well, and I find that especially telling yourself affirmations everyday can really help you a lot in copeing with negativity.

  10. Great video! You presented really good tips. A big plus for including a study source at the beginning. When it comes with coping mechanisms, it is important to remember that distracting yourself too often means avoiding and that can lead to Avoidant Personality Disorder (I learned this the hard way). So this should be applied with moderation. There is also a great tip from CBT that says beliefs are not the same as facts. Many negative thoughts come from distorted opinions and are not necessarily based on facts. It helped me a lot to ask myself whether something can be confirmed as a fact and if so, what can I do about it.
    Have a positive day! 🙂

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