How to rein in negative thoughts

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Exhausted tired doctor or nurse. Virus outbreak.Our thoughts can run our lives. Whether we’re thinking positively or negatively, thoughts can have a direct impact on how we feel and even what we do. That’s why it’s important, especially in recovery, to have more control over our thoughts and focus on positivity. But, of course, that’s easier said than done. So, in this blog post, we discuss some tips and tricks to help you say goodbye to negativity.

Be aware of your thoughts

Check-in with yourself periodically. See where your thoughts are leading. How are they making you feel? Are they negative or positive? Being aware of your thoughts can help you know when there is a problem and when it’s time to do something about it.

Trash those negative thoughts

The idea here is to take those negative thoughts that are spinning in your head and put them on paper. Once you’ve written them down, you can ball up the piece of paper and throw it in the garbage. It helps you clear your head and incorporates a physical element so you can literally leave your negative thoughts behind.

Take time to focus on positivity

When you have a negative thought, take control. For example, if you think of something you don’t like about yourself, stop and think of something you do. If you view specific situations negatively, like having to go to work, try to find something about your job that you like. If that’s not possible, try to come up with something that might make the situation better, like having a fun drink or listening to music while you work.

Choose your friends carefully

Be careful who you spend time with. Find people who encourage positivity. Like the quote by Jim Rohn says, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” The more positive people that you surround yourself with, the more likely you are to pick up on that energy. Likewise, if the people around you are often negative, you’re likely to pick that up. So, tread carefully.

Stay grateful

We often take things for granted, but being grateful can increase your happiness. If you take time every day to list the things you’re thankful for, you’re more likely to have a positive mindset.


Working out allows you to mentally process what you’ve been going through and clear your mind while getting fit. Plus, the endorphins it releases can make you feel happier.

Don’t let negativity take over your mind. A positive mindset can do wonders for your well-being and recovery. Try some of these tips today to keep your positivity levels up.