What to Do the Second a Crushingly Negative Thought Pops into Your Head

Updated 11/16/17
Original Illustration by Stephanie DeAngelis

Negative thinking can become so ingrained in your thought process that you don't even realize you're doing it. From inadvertently self-sabotaging a career opportunity to complaining about the small inconveniences of everyday life, whether we see the glass as half full or half empty colors our everyday experience.

For this reason, Allie Stark, a life coach and founder of Allie Stark Wellness, recommends examining your thoughts the second you start thinking negatively or if you happen to find yourself in a rut. "What you believe about yourself and the world around you creates your reality," she writes on MindBodyGreen. "If the record player inside of your head is on repeat with self-limiting beliefs and statements that hold you back from realigning with your highest truth, it's impossible to become unstuck."

Instead, she recommends directing your thoughts to align more closely with what you want in life, allowing yourself to "reconnect with your own inner intuition," she explains. "Some of the most important work I do with clients is teaching them how to align their thoughts with what they want in their life."

As a call to action, she urges all her clients to become aware of their inner stream of consciousness, taking note of when they tell themselves things like, "you're not good enough," or "you won't be happy until [fill in the blank]." "Become the master observer of your thoughts by keeping a journal of any time you have a thought that is out of alignment with who you are or what you want in your life," she suggests. "Immediately after writing down the thought, replace it with the truth of who you are today."

Head over to MindBodyGreen for more, and read up on how to stay positive when surrounded by negative people next.

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