Ever struggle with troubling thoughts that you can't seem to shake? Sometimes the solution is not as easy as merely telling yourself to forget about it and move on; sometimes a more tactical approach is required. Business Insider recently shared a video clip from Tim Wilson, a psychology professor at the University of Virginia, who offers an approachable and effective technique that can help you rid yourself of negative thoughts.
In the video, Wilson highlights a strategy used by social psychologist James W. Pennebaker that involves people writing down the thoughts and feelings that are preying on them at the moment. He warns that it's not always easy to stir up these emotions, and that you should start by focusing on the deepest thoughts and feelings that are troublesome; jot them down on a piece of paper or in a journal for about 15 minutes before bed. It's best to continue this process for two or three nights in a row, as the narrative may start as jumbled words and phrases, but will turn into a much more clear thought process by the third night.
By detailing this inner dialogue, it's easier to understand exactly what is behind the negativity and, in turn, to put it behind you. Wilson explains that the benefits of learning how to understand and identify what you're struggling with through writing can also improve your overall health and immune system as a result.
Do you think getting your feelings down on paper will help you get rid of negative thoughts? If so, purchase a new notebook to keep by your bed.