5 Ways to Shift Negative Thinking [Video Blog]

5 Ways to Shift Negative Thinking [Video Blog]

Everyday can be a struggle to get a hold on our thoughts. Our minds can start to rapidly take over causing us to feel anxious, depressed and overwhelmed. We are told to think positively and everything will be better: it is often easier than it sounds. The negative thoughts can become a habit that is difficult to break.

Below are 5 ways to shift negative thinking –

#1 – Accept Negative Thoughts

#2 – Change your words, Change your life

#3 – Choose Positive Thoughts

#4 – Pick A Motto to Focus on

#5 – Write it Down. Journal for Success


What are some of the strategies you use to shift your negative thinking?
Please share them below!

Matt Cartwright, LCSW - NYC Therapist

Matt Cartwright, LCSW - NYC Therapist

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Offers individual and couples therapy in NYC.
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7 replies
  1. Ryan
    Ryan says:

    Such an important topic to discuss. So many people get trapped in the cycle of negative thinking without even realizing it. These tips are so helpful for breaking that cycle. Great video!

  2. nikki
    nikki says:

    I agree that being mindful of the words that we choose is both very challenging but also can make all the difference in the world. It takes a lot of practice to reframe negative thoughts into more positive ones, but if you try practicing this once or twice a day, eventually you’ll be pro! Have a therapist or loved one help you out and keep you responsible for trying more positive thinking!

  3. omar
    omar says:

    I love the idea of choosing a motto to focus on. I find that having a motto can be almost instantaneously soothing and also interrupts the negative thinking process to make more room for reframing to take place! Great job!

  4. Jenny Williams
    Jenny Williams says:

    These are great strategies for shifting negative thinking – and understanding neuroplasticity (the ability of your brain to reorganize itself, both physically and functionally, throughout your life due to your environment, behavior, thinking, and emotions) makes this extra exciting! When practiced regularly for a period of time, these techniques will create very real changes in your brain – I find this very exciting!

  5. Cate
    Cate says:

    I find the idea of picking three things to be proud of at the end of the day to be very helpful. Rather than ruminating on stressful moments and to-do lists while you lay awake in bed, think about what you can be proud of yourself for! I am definitely going to try that. Great video!

  6. Glenn
    Glenn says:

    I appreciate the reminder to acknowledge ‘negative thoughts’ as normal rather than wrong. We all have them so what can we do with them? It’s helpful to consider and recognize the benefit of reframing negative thoughts into proactive statements.


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  1. […] An angry person often responds to a trigger with dramatic and exaggerated thoughts, such as cursing or over-generalizing. You could learn better ways to react to angry feelings by replacing irrational thoughts with more rational ones. It is important to admit to yourself that responding with angry thoughts is not going to fix the problem. Check out our video blog 5 Ways to Shift Negative Thinking. […]

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