How to stop negative thoughts

In modern times, negativity is the biggest challenge and problem for everyone in this world. Once a negative thought arises it gives birth to another negative thought and then a chain of negative thoughts starts which may last for a very long time hence causing unnecessary tension. This article provides few tips on How to stop negative thoughts.

How to stop negative thoughts

Divert your attention towards something positive

Once a negative thought pops up in your mind, you must divert your attention towards something positive you already have in your life. For example, you can think about your beautiful house, kids, job, money, parents or many other such things which many others don’t have. These are such blessings which are sufficient to make you positive when negativity arises.

Stop Media Intake

Regular media like Newspapers, TV, internet as well as social media keep on spreading unnecessary negativity among the public by the means of crime stories, news, movies and many other ways. This type of information also generates unnecessary negativity in minds.

Crime stories make you feel and believe that everyone in this world is a criminal. You should have no faith in your friends, family and neighbours. So it is better to stop watching such kind of programmes to keep negativity away from you.

Political debates on TV news channels are enough to make your blood pressure sky rocket. These talks are like churning water which will never produce anything except negativity in the minds of audience. Moreover all news channels earn money by showing negativity in every aspect of life. Newspaper do the same.

Movies generally present those aspects of life which actually don’t exist but movie watchers treat them as reality. Youth gets inspired from such movies to get involved in illicit relationships, fights as well as drugs. Movies like Fast and Furious provoke them to ride their bikes and cars at very high speeds hence resulting in road accidents.

In a survey, it has been revealed that more than 90% of information floated through social media apps is fake and has no relation with the reality. But intake of such information is sufficient to make us negative.

Be in nature

Natural objects are automatic healers. In case of negativity, visiting a hill station or some other natural place and spending time there can surely help you to change your mindset and come out of negative state of mind.

Short Trekking can additionally help if you are able to take.

Moreover natural places provide pollution free environment which surely helps to make you stay positive.

Breathing exercises

There are different breathing exercises in Indian Yoga. These breathing exercises surely help you to slow down your thought process hence resulting in calmer mind hence without negative thinking. You must do jumping for some time before doing breathing exercises. It helps to open both nostrils to inhale and exhale simultaneously. Most common breathing exercises include:

Kapalabhati : 

In this breathing exercise, attention is kept at lower abdomen while inhaling and exhaling. While inhaling, the abdomen should be contracted. On exhaling, you need  to force the breath to move out quickly. You should repeat this process multiple times as per your comfort. Initially it should not be done for more than 5-6 times. You can gradually increase the time.

Nadi Shodhan

You can do process of Nadi Shodhan as follows:

  • You should sit comfortably with your back straight.
  • Place little finger and ring finger of your right hand on the left nostril and thumb on the right nostril.
  • You can use little finger and ring finger to open or close the left nostril and thumb for the right nostril.
  • Press right nostril using your thumb and inhale gently through the left nostril.
  • You should exhale from right nostril after removing right thumb from the right nostril while pressing left nostril.
  • Breathe in from the right nostril and exhale from the left.
  • You can continue this process for multiple times.
  • You should remember that you should inhale from the same nostril from which you exhaled. You should keep your eyes closed during the process. You should inhale and exhale deeply without any force.
  • You can repeat this process for 5 to 10 times.


Meditation is the tested method for getting rid of bombardment of thoughts and other mental problems. The process of meditation releases anti stress hormones which may help you to make you free from your negative thoughts. Click here to know how to meditate.


In this article tips have been provided on How to stop negative thoughts. These tips include diverting your attention to something positive of your life, stopping  Media Intake, Share your problem, Breathing exercises and Meditation.

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