Negative thoughts often sneak up when people are stressed, anxious, or depressed. And once they take root, they can impede more helpful, critical, and logical thinking. To manage negative thoughts, learn to help your body relax. Having a relaxed body will make your mind less stressed, and encourage new problem-solving abilities. Another way to overcome negative thinking is to imagine the ultimate worst case scenario; then rationally think about how unlikely it is to happen. Coming up with the worst case scenario forces your mind to think outside the box. Negative thoughts can bog people down, but the more you can rid yourself of them, the freer your mind will be.
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