Negative thoughts have the ability to play over and over in your head like a bad movie. They may be responsible for the pain you feel, even though nothing has directly happened to you.

Thinking negatively can also drain your energy and cause you to feel very lethargic. Some may even suffer bouts of depression triggered from negative thoughts. Even the smallest negative thought can quickly grow as it rolls through your mind becoming faster and larger.

There are several ways you can get the bad thoughts out of your mind and replace them with far more positive thoughts. By replacing negative thoughts, you have the ability to lower your stress level, increase your energy and live a happier, more fulfilled life. Here are just a few of the best ways to eliminate bad thoughts and think positively.

Meditation

One of the best ways to get rid of your bad thoughts is through meditation. Whether you choose a guided class or you learn the art of meditation on your own, it’s a great way to transform any negativity in your mind into positivity.

During meditation, you may actually have time to acknowledge the negative thoughts and let them work themselves out. However, it can also be very helpful to meditate on something positive and allow your mind and body to fully relax during the process.

Change the Wording and How you Speak to Yourself

We all speak within our minds to ourselves. Making small changes can make a world of difference. For example, instead of saying to yourself, “I have to go to dinner with my boss and co-workers,” you can change your tone to, “I get to go out to dinner and the company is paying for it.”

Sometimes, it does pay to look at the sunny side of situations we are not thrilled about. A silver lining can help us take our negative self-talk and turn it into positivity.

Choose your Battles Wisely

It’s easy to get wrapped up in a battle with another person over something rather small, especially if you have a need to be right. Sometimes, it’s better to just let something go to protect yourself from days or even weeks of negative thoughts. If you focus on your need to be happy instead of your need to be right, it can be easier to let something go before it becomes a battle you end up fighting in your own mind over and over again.

Watch Out for Exaggeration

Exaggeration may happen when we least expect it and that simple conversation we had with someone we don’t particularly get along with at work turns into an argument in our head that never really happened. If you tend to exaggerate, it may be necessary to take a step back any time you feel like you could magnify something that really isn’t a big deal.

Create a List of Things You’re Grateful For

Some of the most successful people in the world have admitted they create a gratitude list on a regular basis. This can become very handy anytime you feel your thoughts becoming negative. Often, if we stop to write down a few things we are thankful for, it will change our perspective in a very positive way.

Take Responsibility

Blame is one of the most detrimental negative thoughts we all struggle with. When we become the victim, we are not taking responsibility for the part we played in the matter. We always have a choice and when we take responsibility we protect ourselves from having a very negative conversation in our head about what happened and whose fault it is our life isn’t as great as we want it to be.

There are several ways to replace bad thoughts with positive thoughts. Those finding a way to avoid the negative or let it pass before it becomes a problem are often happier than those dwelling on the negative thoughts every single time they creep into our minds.

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