5 Ways of Stopping Negative Thoughts

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Everyone struggles and fights with negativity at some point in life. The negativity breeds insecurity, irritation, low self-esteem, low motivation and eventually depression. Negativity affects productivity and sense of self-worth. Sometimes negativity breeds from the environment we are in. Other times, it emanates from people close to us who think that were are not good enough and sometimes it breeds from our failures and inability to meet our expectations.

Negativity is normal and is part of thought process. However, negativity becomes toxic when it becomes dominant thought that is lingering in the mind. It becomes a problem when you are always seeing the glass as half empty all the time. The main problem with negativity is that it leads to poor decision making. Negativity breeds stress, fear, indecision, worries about what others are thinking and eventually slows down one’s productivity. On the contrary positivity enhances productivity. It increases enthusiasm and makes one to exploit their full potential.

This article is meant to show you 5 mental hacks and tricks that can eliminate negativity and promote positivity.

  1. Affirmations

Negative thoughts emanate from repeated focus on negative events and feelings. The more you feed the mind with the information, the more it produces negativity. To stop this, you have to feed the mind with positivity through affirmations.

Affirmations help to reprogram the mind from focusing on negativity to focusing on positivity. Affirmations involve telling yourself positive things loudly enough to hear yourself saying it. For example, you can tell yourself loudly “I am loved! I love myself! I am the best! I am awesome! I can do it!”  Then repeat more than 20 times until you can feel it from your heart. Repeat this process daily and the affirmations will sink into your mind and reflect in your thoughts and actions.


  1. Spend time with a person who is positive

The same way negativity can be contagious, positivity can be contagious.  Everyone is the average of 5 people who they spend time with. If you hang around a negative person you will come out with feelings and thoughts of negativity. Similarly, if you hang around a positive person you are also likely to have positive thoughts and feelings.

Find a person who is fulfilled and happy with their life and spend time with them. They will certainly make you feel lot better. Actively search for  positive people. They will certainly infect you with positivity.

  1. Help Someone

Doing a good deed is a huge positivity booster.  You can never do a good deed for someone and feel bad. It is simply not possible. Whenever you do acts of charity for someone without expecting anything in return, it fills one with positive thoughts.

The acts of charity are very easy and less complicated. For example, you can open door for someone, you can pay coffee for the person behind you, you can shop for someone you know or help someone less fortunate. The more you do it the more positivity fills your mind.

  1. Be Grateful

Oftentimes we look for things which we lack and ignore what we have. This creates a negative mindset especially when we constantly focus on what we lack.  Gratefulness is the art of appreciating and actively feeling happy for you have. It involves making reflections and actively identifying what one has. The possessions don’t have to be assets or things that have financial value. Things to be grateful about can also be immaterial such as great friends, great family, peace, health, and motivation to work each day. The value of the immaterial is sometimes higher than the material. Make it a habit to frequently write 5 things you are grateful for every day in the evening. This will slowly eliminate negativity as you will realise that you have much more than you think.

5. Spend quality time with family

Family is a unit that many people assume and take for granted. Family is viewed as lender of last resort. A refuge only at extreme times of need. Family is very important and should be given attention. If you have brothers, sisters, Dad, Mum always keep in touch and spend time with them. If you have wife and children, let them know you attach much value to them and you will be surprised at how the environment around you will be positive and repellent to negativity.


Once you have done the above, you will be on a path to positivity, productivity and realisation of your potential. Thank you for reading.

Published by Samuel Ng'ang'a Mwangi

One day I had too much to tell but there was no one to tell the story. I had to write articles, print them and then give them out to anyone who cared to read. Author of "So You Want To Get Into Courtship?" A Guide To Purposeful Christian Courtship. I write and rewrite on my blog www.mwelisa.com.

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