10 Proven Ways How to Stop Negative Thinking

2. Find an alternative thought

Writing down when you have negative thoughts will help you become more conscious of when you have them, which will help you recognize when you’re having an “unrealistic” thought. When you notice one of these, you can think of, and write down alternative positive thoughts, which will help to enhance positivity.[1]

What can you do? If, for example, you’ve thought “This job interview is going to be a disaster. There’s no way I’m going to get the job. I’m just not qualified and there are tons of people who are better than me”, you can change it to: “Maybe I’m not the perfect candidate, but I’m going to do the best that I can.” As soon as you notice yourself having a negative thought, turn it into something positive.

Find an alternative thought

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