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6 Ways to End Negative Thoughts and Self-Criticism & Boost Your Self-Esteem

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6 Ways to Stop Negative Thinking and Boost Your Self-Esteem

End Harmful Self-Criticism For Good

Our thoughts are tremendously powerful. They can lift us up, or they can drag us down. Thoughts can manifest the very reality we are living.

We can often be very hard on ourselves throughout the course of a day, and drum up a series of negative thoughts. One negative thought can compound into many. These negative thoughts can accumulate and have harmful effects on the health of your mind.

In this article, I will give you a few tips on how to end your negative thoughts and self-criticism, and offer ways to boost your self-esteem.

Simply Stop Thinking Negatively

The first thing you can do to end self-criticism is to simply stop. Tell yourself that you will no longer engage in putting yourself down. Don't give energy towards bashing yourself. Instead, give energy towards building yourself up. That is, you can tell yourself things that will make yourself feel good, instead of bad.

Be Mindful

Once you start making a habit of telling yourself to stop negative self-talk, you will start to notice your thoughts without automatically engaging them and reacting emotionally. This is being mindful of your negative thoughts. You will also notice that, without all that negative banter going on in your head, there is now more room for other thoughts, especially positive thinking.

Turn Negative Thoughts into Positive Actions

After getting the hang of mindfulness, you'll probably feel you have some room to "play" with those pesky negative thoughts. This means you can turn those negative thoughts into positive actions! This may take some practice. But if you give this some genuine effort, it will become easier for you to see the bright side of almost anything.

A way to turn negative thoughts into positive actions is to make a list of your negative thoughts or base fears, and then on that same page, write down a positive take on those same negative thoughts. For instance, say your negative thought is "I hate my job". You can alternatively, and positively, say "Every day I create more wealth and abundance". Or if you think “I’ll never be my ideal weight.” Turn that negative thought into the positive: “I nourish my body with healthy foods”. Believe or not, these positive thoughts will be actions in no time. More often than not, it’s a matter of perspective; and you can change yours!

Say and Think Affirmations

By changing your thinking, you change your reality. By turning your negative thoughts into positive actions, you’ve changed your way of living. Those positive thoughts and actions above are also called affirmations.

Affirmations are statements that you think, say, feel and, ultimately, believe. Say and think these whenever you can: when you first wake up, before you go to bed, when you’re on lunch break, when you’re waiting for the bus. Make it a habit.

Be Grateful

A lot of positivity takes gratitude into account. Simply said, be grateful. Sure, things could always be better; but by the same token, things could always be worse. Look at what you have, not at what you don't have. You may have an awesome family or friends who care about you; you may pursue interesting hobbies or passions; you may live in a place that you are fortunate enough to come home to and relax. You have a lot to be thankful for.

Be Gentle with Yourself                       

Life is hard enough as it is, so don't make it harder for yourself. Be gentle with yourself. Be kind. Be loving. You deserve it. You deserve all the good that can come out of life. Savor it. If you're coming from a very negative place, these words may be hard to swallow. But they are truths. And these truths apply to you.

Remember: You are always in charge of your reality. Take charge by turning your reality into a positive place where you allow yourself to flourish into all the potential you know you have.

I Love Me
Credit: http://psych-your-mind.blogspot.com/2011/06/boosting-self-esteem-putting-partner.html
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Comments

Aug 23, 2012 2:03am
JudyE
Having negative thoughts can be very hard to combat. These are all good tips. Thanks.
Aug 23, 2012 9:49am
Marlando
Hi--Wow--loved this article--as someone who advocates and often writes on the power of our words and thought--I truly congradulate you on a wonderful, inspirational piece. You get two gigantic thunps up from me.
Sep 20, 2012 8:48am
lili1980
Very helpful article. Thanks for sharing!
Sep 20, 2012 3:18pm
darren-w-gray
Scotch..... works everytime!
I am joking of course! Great article. Thanks for writing it.
Sep 21, 2012 12:08am
catgypsy
Really great article. We all need help to boost ourselves up and you offered some great ways to achieve this. I especially like the being gentle with yourself...something I have to remind myself of all the time. It's strange how hard we are on ourselves and sometimes so easy on others, even those who do us wrong! Enjoyed this and it made me feel better...thanks.
Sep 23, 2012 5:17am
fun2b
This is an excellent article. You have some great tips here. Thank you so much for sharing.

One of the most difficult exercises I can remember doing is finding positive words to describe yourself. Just try to sit down and actually write up a paragraph on what makes you special.

I'm sure some of us can probably write a page or two, but the majority will have difficulty coming up with a paragraph.
Sep 26, 2012 7:41pm
intellectualese
Thanks to everyone for reading and commenting. I do hope the article is useful to many. I know I had to use these tips myself. But hard work always pays off in the end.
Oct 5, 2012 11:31pm
berojgaarnews
Nothing is Bad and Nothing is Good It's Just Illusion,Fear or Security and Your Intellect Works who it Does
Oct 6, 2012 9:45am
Scaparici
Great article! These are useful tips for all of us and I agree that hard work always pay off in the end. :)
Oct 23, 2012 3:18am
rabea
Simple, practicable and effective tips. These are great and helpful. Staying occupied with useful activities is also an amazing way to stop negative thinking. Self-esteem is all about your own thinking patterns.
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