Negative thoughts, if not managed properly, can build up like plaque. The more they build up, the more harmful they become. They feed on one another and trap you in a vicious cycle that is hard to escape. Freeing yourself from these thoughts takes time. You can’t expect to wake up one day and never have a negative idea again. It doesn’t work like that. “The key is to remain calm and not put yourself under pressure. This way, you’ll soon be your own best friend, and able to extend that support to those around you, from a place of true understanding,” says Jo Bisseker Barr, the author of “How to clear your head” for Wellness Journal magazine. If you’re struggling to clear your head of negative thoughts, you’ve come to the right place. Here are some suggestions on ways to clear your head. 

  • Write down any negative automatic thoughts you’re aware of. 

The first thing you can do to clear your head is to get all of your thoughts out on paper. Write down whatever words or phrases pop into your head that you can’t stop.. Gather your list and figure out where these thoughts came from. Identify the voices that speak these thoughts to you. Then, ask yourself if these thoughts are even real. 

  • “Now you’ve identified the negatives, you need to find the positives.”

Finding the positives can be difficult when you’re in a cycle of negative thinking. To escape that hole, talk to yourself as if you’re talking to a friend or a child. Find more positive things to say to yourself. Be encouraging and kind. 

  • “If you want to get rid of your negative thoughts, it helps to put healthy, positive thoughts in their place.”

Your mental toolbox should include positive affirmations to create a healthier space for yourself. Keep these affirmations in an area not too far away. You’re going to need them. 

  • “Identifying and letting go of negative inner chatter enables us to clear some headspace, making room for a much more reasoned and compassionate style of thinking.”

You don’t want your negative self-talk to get to the point where you ignore it because it has become so routine. The negative self-talk can creep in and hurt you, even when you are feeling good. Clear space in your mind regularly so you can replace negative thoughts with more positive ones. 

Arbor Behavioral Healthcare is here to help you clear your head. We can give you the tools you need to create happier thoughts. Call us today at 844-413-2690. We can’t wait to speak with you!