Tips for Dealing with Negative Thoughts

Photography:Kantha Bae

By Sarah Noble

I’ve noticed a lot of negative thoughts creeping up on me lately. 

Sleep deprivation will do that to ya!

I thought I’d remind myself and share with you some things to help.  

  • Thoughts are just thoughts. They aren’t fact. You’ll have good feeling thoughts, and not so good feeling thoughts. You get to choose what thoughts you entertain.  
  • Do little things that bring you joy throughout your day. Set alarms to remind you if need be.  
  • Mindset matters. What you focus on grows. E.g. What DO you want (rather than focusing on what you don’t)? Practise gratitude for what you do have. 
  • Practice mindfulness. When you catch your thoughts wandering, come back to the present moment.  
  • Get outside. Fresh air and nature are POWERFUL.  
  • Get it out. Your thoughts, feelings and emotions, I mean. Write, talk, kickbox, however feels good for you!  
  • Ask for help and support from family and friends. It’s OK to need help. It’s OK to accept it.  
  • Make the most of what you have. Can’t have a date night cos, kids? Wine, nibbles and a movie while rocking the baby to sleep it is.  
  • Surround yourself with people that make you feel good, inspire you, motivate you, lift you up – online and off.  
  • Treat your body and mind well. Food, rest, etc.
  • Chat to a coach, therapist or other professional for some deeper perspective, support and guidance.   

Remember, you WILL have negative thoughts; it’s what you do with them that matters.

Sarah Noble is a Mum of a 4-month-old and 2.5-year-old. She is a Mindset Coach for Mums, helping them to manage their mind, optimise their mental health and come home to their authentic selves, while navigating motherhood. She also hosts Mamas’ circles. She loves normalising conversations around everyday motherhood and mental health and shares her own journey openly. You can connect with Sarah on Instagram and Facebook

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