Negative thoughts can come to almost everyone, and they seem to come out of nowhere. You might feel distressed, anxious, or stuck when this happens, but having negative thoughts once in a while is a natural part of life.

When you find yourself thinking negatively, don’t let these horrible thoughts dwell on you! I know it’s often difficult to think positively when we’re surrounded by negativity everywhere we turn. And it’s taking a toll. There will be times when, no matter how hard you try to change your thoughts, you can’t.

But never underestimate the power of your thoughts!

What 𝐘𝐨𝐮 think is what 𝐘𝐨𝐮 become!

So how do you shift your mindset, especially when it feels like you’re drowning in negativity?

Research shows that we can protect ourselves from the devastating impact of negative thoughts by taking simple steps to ensure we are “thriving,”. Thriving, in simple terms, means feeling good about life and yourself and being good at something.

You can take many simple steps today to help you stop negative thoughts and bring more happiness, vitality, and harmony into your life. These steps include choosing positivity, being careful about the news and social media you consume, watching which negative thoughts you say out loud, and adopting a neutral mindset when faced with challenges.

1️⃣Be careful about the information you read, the music you listen to, and the people you spend time with. Spending too much time on social media and constantly watching the news can impact your positivity and expose you to negativity, which in turn may make it hard for you to stay positive. Negative thoughts seep into our pores through these sources.

2️⃣Be mindful of what you’re thinking and saying. Pay attention to your words and what you say out loud. Negative language is particularly stealthy and vigorous. Yes, the people around you affect you and your mood, but you have more control over your thoughts and emotions than anyone else. And what we say out loud also carries considerable weight.

So, always think twice about how you’re framing your thoughts and talking about a situation. Tweak your language to be more neutral. So, instead of saying, “This is the worst situation I’ve ever experienced,” or “It’s devastating or horrible,” you might say, “This situation is challenging,” which acknowledges the opportunity for learning or growth. Using positive language is the first step, but openly expressing it can also boost the morale of people around you and help you build an image of a positive and productive person.

It’s sometimes our own thinking that hurts us. Negative thoughts take us off track especially when we allow them to dwell on us. Long-term, spiral negative thoughts are associated with cognitive decline and mental illness. They also hurt people around us because they are then exposed to our negativity. Of course, it’s easy to dwell on toxic people or situations. It’s better to adopt a neutral mindset by focusing on what we can control and what we should do next.

3️⃣Go neutral: Neutral thinking just means that you accept that when something good or bad happens, it happens. So, instead of being hooked by the negativity, you accept it for what it is and move forward. It involves avoiding making judgments before assessing problems and analyzing challenges in a nonreactive way. This involves staying in the present moment and focusing on how you can change your next action. Take it one game at a time. Don’t get stuck in your past failures or hijacked by your fears, worries, or thoughts about the future.

4️⃣Practice gratitude: It’s no secret that there is much to be said about the power of gratitude. Gratitude helps us feel more positive by helping us focus on the good aspects of any event. It improves our health, makes us happier, helps us cope with adversity, and builds strong relationships. Being grateful also boosts the social support we receive, which further decreases stress and its negative impact.

5️⃣Manage your energy: You can also increase your resilience and battle negativity by adopting a healthy lifestyle. Exercising, having a well-balanced diet, and getting enough sleep are all things we know we’re supposed to do, but we often don’t when we’re drowned in the spirals of negativity.

6️⃣Surround yourself with positive people: Spend more time with positive people who make you smile, laugh, and raise your spirits.

Keep in mind that you may not be able to stop the flow of negative thoughts in your life, especially at this time, but you can avoid their negative impact by making smart choices about the people you surround yourself with, the mindset you adopt, and the information you consume.

Are you going to keep struggling with your negative thoughts?

Or you can choose to take the next right step toward something that matters to you and your life.