Even if you’re the mentally healthiest human on earth, you’ll still have negative thoughts from time to time.
Even the mentally healthiest humans have negative thoughts from time to time.
And if you’re depressed or anxious, you can bet your house on it.
Unfortunately, our minds aren’t always our mates. They’ll happily tell us we’re too fat, thin, hairy, bald, stupid, smelly, lazy, ugly or whatever.
As for applying for that promotion or asking that cute person in accounts out for a drink, don ‘t even think about it! You’re just setting yourself up for a major disappointment – you’re just not good enough.
So if you catch your mind telling you crap, imagine it’s another person standing beside you – your very own Mini-Me, and they are the ones telling you these things.
Now if someone else started telling you you’re too fat, thin, hairy bald or whatever … you wouldn’t take it.
You wouldn’t blindly accept everything this painful little person was telling you. You’d defend yourself. You’d be more objective.
And by doing so, you might just decide you are good enough for that promotion. Or that cute person in accounts might just want to go out with you.
So the next time your mind starts getting down on you, just remember who’s the one in charge. And it’s not that lousy little Mini-Me.
Here are a few more tips from Psych Central on dealing with negative thinking: