Because I deal with a brain impairment, sensory overload, and autism through cerebral palsy, I continue to struggle with anxiety brought about through negative thoughts.
I don’t have the luxury of being able to switch my focus, so I have to look for other ways to dull down any negative thoughts.
These are my pointers:
- Question the validity of your thoughts;
- Stand back so you’re looking at the issue in the whole;
- Give yourself space to feel your emotions and do it without judgment;
- Practice patience and self-compassion,
- Keep your mind occupied so that you’re able to avert your attention.
Negative thoughts will always come as they are part of the human condition, but living in a negative environment for so long, kept my negative thoughts fixed. But the problem is not the negative thoughts, it’s us believing those thoughts are true. It’s easy to fixate and talk ourselves into things.
When we can step back so that we’re not connecting our thoughts together, it becomes easier to let go of those thoughts. No longer being entangled in our thoughts means they will lose their grip on us.
That in turn means they will no longer generate unpleasant emotions.