Three Tips For Releasing Your Addiction To Negative Thinking
If you are finding yourself caught in your negativity thought addiction (i.e “I’m a failure. I’m a horrible person. What if the worst happens?” etc. etc.)
People in recovery may find these addictive thoughts seeming to appear out of nowhere. And, when an alcoholic, addict or codependent has these thoughts they are dangerous. Many will use the program and fellowship to find answers, but these tips may also help.
Three tips for the easiest and fastest ways to shift out of these painful thoughts into more uplifting thought patterns:
- 1. Notice that you’re caught in the negative thought cycle and that it’s only your thoughts that are beating you up in this moment.
It’s not the outside world. Once you realize that it’s just your own thoughts that are making you miserable, it takes some of the intensity off of the situation.
- 2. Instead of trying to “get positive”, try to be the observer of your negative thought loop.
For instance, if you find yourself feeling depressed or anxious, this is a sign from your body that you are in your negativity addiction. As soon as you notice that you’re down, start to investigate the thoughts you are thinking.
- 3. Finally, learn to meditate. You can do a mantra or breath meditation.
There are many methods. Choose one that feels good to you. Find some form of meditation that simply quiets your mind. If you can’t find anything positive to think about, it’s better to quiet your mind completely than to let the negative thoughts run rampant.
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