The following article hopefully will give you some ideas on how to deal with a mild obsession, constant negative thoughts or a generally negative bias in order to be a happier and more stress-free person.
The following examples that may be effective for you, are results of surveys and studies conducted at universities and research centers.
Exit the room you are in
Putting negative thoughts behind has happened to all of us once enter a different room of our house. Scholars of the University of Notre Dame say that to pass through a door, works like an archetype that informs the brain that has finished with what he did before and have to start something new. So the basic idea is to finish the work in that particular room and return only when necessary.
Wash your hands
Psychologists from the University of Michigan discovered that when you wash your hands with soap and water, helps you stop criticising yourself and having second thoughts. This act works like a powerful metaphor of a new beginning, which helps us “rinse” hesitations and doubts.
Give your attention a bait
You can make a great effort to forget one ugly situation, but even if you do, this can keep coming back. A method two British scientists tested, Michael Anderson and Roland Benoit, was replacement.
So when you are obsessed with negative thoughts and can’t sleep, remember your last holiday, or the last time you enjoyed a meal and how much pleasure did it give you.
The brain centers that deal with memory recall, will be responsible for two competitive thoughts for you to consider, but that fact that one of them is a positive one is enough to make it prevail.
Write your problems on paper
It is no coincidence that many people that go through a difficult situation, write about it on paper. A experiment where high school students were asked to write their thoughts about their appearance and then evaluate it, showed that the only ones who were affected were only the ones who kept the paper and reread it. Those who threw the paper in the waste showed no changes in their body evaluation.
Choose the right kind of exercise
There are many who love running and thanks to it they stopped bad habits or chronic depression. Surveys have shown that intense physical activity increases dopamine, serotonin and reduces stress. Swimming, cycling and running can improve your spiritual mood, but these lonely recurring sports can be the worst ally in maintaining and strengthening negative thoughts. Therefore, maybe it is better to search for a type of exercise that will keep your mind and your body busy, such as football, basketball, dance, yoga classes, participating in a rowing or climbing group, depending on your preferences and your skills. If you prefer running, you can focus on your breath or your strides to ensure that there is no space for negative thoughts.
Repeat until it becomes trivial
Playing the game of constant repetition of a word up to the point that it loses its meaning, can weaken its significance in our perception. Some therapists apply this method in cases where people are unable to deal with or overcome a negative change in their lives. These people are causing themselves additional pain by ruminate what happened, how bad they feel or how unfair life is. A technique well applicable in these cases is repetition of the word or phrase which worries us, at least for a minute. This reduces its significance or negative effect that this word, phrase or situation has in us and our lives.