Negative thoughts are terrible and can drain you physically, mentally, and emotionally. They prevent you from living in the moment, keeping you stuck in the past. Negative thinking plays a big part in anxiety and depression. Most therapies for anxiety and depression involve an aspect dedicated to changing negative thought patterns into more positive ones. Seeing the brighter side of every situation certainly helps. 

If you've been having negative thoughts lately, here are some tips for getting your mind out of a rut. Applying them should help change negative thinking to positive thinking.

Meditation

You'd be surprised at what a few minutes of meditation could do to improve your thought process. Most negative thoughts stem from the lack of inner peace. Taking a few minutes to meditate could really help with that. If that doesn't help, you can try doing some yoga. It helps you breathe and stretch out your muscles which helps in getting your blood pumping. Yoga helps you feel active. The feeling of usefulness helps chase negative thoughts away. 

Smile More

It might not seem like much, but it really helps. It changes your mood and helps relieve stress. It takes fewer muscles to smile than frown, so try smiling today. 

Take Responsibility

We are responsible for our own actions; blaming others is futile. A lot of negative thoughts are created from looking for who or what to blame. If you have a problem, think of ways to solve it instead of wallowing or blaming others.

Surround Yourself With Positivity

This is very important. Make it a habit to surround yourself with positive people. If you feel like you're in a negative spiral, talk to people who think positively and perspectively. It's important to surround yourself with people who won't enable your negative thinking habit.

As the saying goes, "we are what we eat". We also become who we surround ourselves with. 

Try and Be Optimistic

Try thinking positively. You might be thinking that "it's not that easy," but it really is. You can start with the little things. For example, when you wake up in the morning, you can say: "it's going to be a great day!" Little drops of water make an ocean. Eventually, you'd start applying positive thinking in everything you do.

Help People

Once in a while, try helping people out. It could be a less fortunate person, a homeless person, or just one of your friends. Do something nice for someone today; it'll make you feel better. 

Exercise

Exercise has been shown to improve moods. You could take a walk, alone or with a friend. Go jogging or yoga, as earlier stated.

Sing and Dance

Yes, sing as loud as you can and dance while you're at it. You'll feel like a rock star. Do it as often as you can. It's better to stick to fast songs, but you can choose whichever you prefer, as long as you feel good while singing it.

Go Out and Meet New People (soon?)

Depending on how the pandemic has hashed out in your area, maybe you have the opportunity to get back on the social saddle. Meeting new people and a change of scenery once in a while is a great mood lifter. You can pick a day in the week to go to places you don't usually go to, nowhere dangerous, though. 

Do Not Hesitate to Talk with a Professional

If you struggle with occasional or constant negative thought patterns, you should try talking to a therapist/mental health professional. Talking to someone who doesn't judge helps a great deal. Though opening up can be difficult, a mental health professional can be of great help. They are trained in accessing negative thinking patterns and helping you develop a more positive and healthier thinking pattern. Try talking to a professional, it might be difficult at first, but it could really be the help you need.