How To Overcome Negative Thinking


A woman holding her face. Reframing negative thinking involves changing how you interpret and respond to unpleasant or unhelpful thoughts. It’s a form of cognitive restructuring that can help you see situations and experiences more positively.

To reframe negative thoughts, you can try the following steps.

1. Identify the negative thought. Be aware of when you’re having negative thoughts, and try to label them as soon as possible.

2. Challenge the thought. Ask yourself if the thought is accurate and realistic.

3. Find evidence to support a more positive thought. Look for evidence that contradicts the negative thought, and use this evidence to create a more balanced and positive perspective.

4. Replace the negative thought with a positive one. Once you have found evidence to support a more positive thought, use it to replace the negative thought with a positive one.

5. Practice regularly. Reframing negative thoughts takes time and practice. The more you do it, the easier it will become and the more natural it will feel.

Reframing negative thinking can help you to see situations and experiences in a more positive light, improve your mood and overall well-being, and reduce stress and anxiety.

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Monique Johnson, a licensed clinical social worker, certified school social worker, and certified health and wellness coach, specializes in evidence-based counseling practices. In addition to owning her own private clinical practice, Monique is employed as a high school social worker for over 20 years. Born and raised in Westchester County, she continues to reside with her two children and two dogs (one of which is a certified therapy dog who on occasion attends school with her). A cancer survivor, Monique was diagnosed at age 34 with breast cancer after giving birth to her second child. She understands intimately the need for a strong network and community to help during times of crisis. Monique is joining Westchester County Mom because she is passionate about raising awareness and advocating for mental health, especially for mothers and their children. She is committed to reducing the stigma attached to seeking help when needed and accessing resources to improve overall well-being. You can learn more about Monique, her practice, and desire to help others on her website, Follow her on Instagram and Facebook @gowestchestertherapyservices.