Something that plagues many alcoholics and addicts is getting stuck in negative thinking. In many ways, it seems to almost be the default position for many addicted people, as if they come into this world thinking about the worst-case scenario in every situation and that at any given moment, the rug can be pulled out from under them. Where exactly this negative thinking comes from I can’t say for certain, but it is something that is common among addicts and alcoholics and it isn’t easily broken.
In fact, just because you get sober does not mean that you will be able to easily change your perspective from negative thinking to positive thinking. Your attitude and outlook on life will surely change for the better, but you will still from time to time find that you get stuck in negative thought processes and escaping them are not as easy as just wishing the bad thoughts away.
However, just because you find it difficult to change your perspective, doesn’t mean that doing so is impossible, it just may take a little bit of time and effort. Remember that regardless of how long you have been sober, you spent a good portion of your life indulging in negative thinking and so you will from time to time wallow back into those murky waters and find it difficult to change your perspective.
That is what we are going to be talking about today though. We are going to take a look at 10 ways to change your perspective when you’re thinking negatively, so that hopefully, with a little bit of time, and a little of practice, you can begin to think more positively.
10 Ways to Change Your Perspective When You’re Thinking Negatively
Right off the bat I just want to say that there may be times when you cannot escape the negative thoughts in your head. You may at certain times in your life become besieged with negative thinking and no amount of prayer, meditation, or reaching out to others seems to break the spell. When this occurs, understand that it is just a phase and it will pass. There isn’t always an easy solution for everything in life, and sometimes you just have to weather a storm until it passes.
But with that said, a majority of the times when you are stuck in negative thinking, you will be able to easily break the cycle by simply trying one of the following.
Call a friend
When you find you are unable to change your perspective from negative thinking, one of the best things you can do is call a friend and ask them about their day. What this does is break the internal negative chatter that is rattling around in your head and introduces a different line of thinking. When this occurs, the negative thoughts should go away and you will find that when you are done talking, you probably won’t be able to remember what you were upset about in the first place.
Go to a meeting
When trapped in negative thoughts, the last thing that we usually want to do is attend a 12 Step meeting, but by doing so, we can get out of ourselves for an hour and focus on recovery. Many times this is enough to break the negative thought cycle.
Sometimes it may seem like prayer just increases the negative thoughts, especially if we are praying to have them removed, but if you take time out and sit quietly with your God, then you will find inevitably that the negative thinking recedes.
Often times the only thing that we will need in order to break negative thinking is simply being still for a minute or so and watching our breath. By meditating and focusing on your breath you will find that negative thoughts don’t seem to hold as much power over you.
Easily one of the best ways to break negative thought cycles is by exercising. Not only does exercising release endorphins which will make you feel better, but it also allows you to stay in the moment and be present. In the present there usually aren’t negative thoughts.
If you find that none of the previous suggestions work, then journaling may help you change your perspective. The act of writing slows down the mind and sometimes just seeing our thoughts on paper helps to remove some of the power they have.
Go for a walk
If you’ve ever felt trapped by your negative thoughts and by your house, then a good way to break this is by going for a walk. Being outside in the sunshine and breathing fresh air can do wonders for your thought life.
Similar to exercise, yoga is a great way to get out of yourself and halt negative thoughts in their tracks. I have never met anyone that left a yoga session feeling worse than when they went in, and the act of paying attention to your breath and movement really does wonders for your psyche.
Hang out with friends
Another great way to break negative thoughts and change your perspective is by hanging out with your friends. You will undoubtedly feel better afterward and have a more positive outlook on life.
If you are trapped in self, then I suggest you reach out to someone and try to help them. Not only does altruism make you feel good, but it also brings perspective to your life.
Seeking Treatment for Alcoholism or Addiction
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