“I’m not going to get it right;” “everything always goes wrong” “I always have such bad luck…” Happiness can be elusive with this kind of negative thinking, and constant negative thoughts can impede your progress in all areas of life. It’s normal to have those moments of negativity when going through some hard times, but if you let those negative thoughts get to you at just a hint of a hard time, they can eventually start to become habits. Thinking negatively can lead to low self-esteem and can make you more susceptible to depression and anxiety.
1. Write your negative thoughts down
The first step to ditching negativity and becoming a more positive person is realizing when you’re having negative thoughts throughout the day. If you’re aware of when and why you have these kinds of thoughts, you’ll be more able to reflect and change them.
What can you do? Keeping track of when you fall into this bad habit is a great way to learn about it. Keep a notebook with you and write down when you’re having one of these negative thoughts. You can simply write down the negative thought that you’re having, but you can also write about the event that caused you to start thinking negative thoughts, how it made you feel, and what you did afterwards.