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3 Ways to Stop Negative Thinking

Don't Let Negative Thoughts Sabotage Your Efforts



2/18/2014 8:15:02 AM

This article was very helpful, and it can be useful on many levels. Although I've maintained a healthy weight for five years, I still make mistakes and hate the feelings they create. The advice about examining those intermediate and automatic thoughts is another step I can take to attain the healthy mind and body I seek.


1/5/2014 10:01:21 AM

I've found that wearing a rubber band on my wrist helps with banishing negative thoughts and exchanging them for a more positive thought. Whenever I feel a negative thought come into my head or a negative feeling, I pop the rubber band on my wrist as a way to "wake myself up" , become aware of my thoughts and substitute it for a better one. You'd be surprised how many times a day you'll find yourself popping that rubber band! It's called Aversion Therapy. (I think) Give it a try!


1/5/2014 9:57:16 AM

Very informative and empowering. I think this advice could change my life for the better. I've been struggling with negative automatic thoughts almost my entire life. Thank you for this article and congratulations on your achievements! You reinforced one of my favorite quotes: "It's never too late to be what you might have been"! A million thanks!


10/19/2013 11:37:51 PM

I will try this today! This rainy, dark day is not going to get me.


10/19/2013 10:52:28 AM

BETAB77's SparkPage
I so need this today !! Feeling blue today...


10/19/2013 8:16:49 AM

After learning that I am a codependent, I begin each day with my affirmations. Right now, those affirmations come in the form of the Spark Coach program on Spark People. I found your article this morning. This was the perfect affirmation for me. I hurt my foot and cannot exercise as much as I like right now. I get so down on myself because of those negative thoughts coming to the forefront each morning. Thanks for reminding me about the tools to confront those thoughts!


9/6/2013 7:30:23 PM

DELLMEL's SparkPage
Great article. Now to put them in pratice.


9/3/2013 9:59:02 AM

OREGONMOM4's SparkPage
Perfect timing for me to read this article. Very good ideas to put to use.


9/2/2013 11:09:08 AM

"Do what doesn't come naturally," and, "if you're feeling uncomfortable, you're probably doing something right," are the two thoughts that I'm got from this article. Sometimes I am uncomfortable with all the changes.


6/18/2013 2:38:36 PM

My mom always said, "Can't never did anything," so it was ingrained in me to at least give it my best before saying I can't.


4/14/2013 9:32:56 PM

HYFAX1's SparkPage
Very good article. Our flesh always wants to do what isn't right; more food, more rest, more mindless entertainment. We let our flesh convince us that these things will make us happy. In reality, the opposite is true. We are designed to set goals and achieve them. This is where happiness is found.


3/14/2013 10:11:22 AM

Loved the article, it really hit the nail on the head as that is exactly how I was feeling when I blew it all. I was thinking that I'm destined to be overweight forever & what's the sense it even trying, I may as well sit in front of the tv & pig out every day. This article has been a great help!


1/5/2013 12:57:01 AM

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11/26/2012 9:28:43 PM

ROBINRS's SparkPage
Great suggestion -- now to remember them and actually put them to use when I need them.


11/26/2012 1:36:25 PM

A similar technique I was taught to reduce the number of negative thoughts banging around in my head was to say "STOP!" to myself as soon as one of those negative tape loops started. I was warned that once you notice how many times the negative thoughts, they come faster and faster, like the high point of a bell-curve diagram. The frequency will go down, however, but once you begin with this method, you shouldn't stop using it until the number of neg thoughts goes down. It does work.

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