Negative Thinking and Stress

Why Thinking Traps Have You Stuck


Your head fills with them every day without fail: some good, some kind, some neutral—and some of them are just plain brutal. We’re talking about your thoughts.

Here are a few (recognize them?):

  • If only I were more organized life would be easier.
  • I wish I were 20 pounds lighter.
  • If I had more money, things would be different.
  • Why can’t I eat better?
  • What’s wrong with me?
  • Why can’t I sleep?
  • Why aren’t I as successful as she is?

Maybe you think it’s your fault, or their fault, or your mother’s fault. You think and think and yet, despite all that effort, things don’t change all that much.

Thinking is a powerful tool—but your thoughts are quite often the enemy. They get in your way, they talk you down, they blame and shame and denigrate you. They make you frantic and tired and worried and restless.

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Your thoughts, in short, are the reason you’re more stressed than you need to be.

Luckily, you can unlearn them.

And while stress relief can come in many forms (massage, acupuncture, meditation, exercise), your thoughts are usually right there waiting for you when you get back.

That’s why rather than go to war with the thoughts themselves, it’s time to change your thinking altogether.

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