The thoughts we think control everything. Our thoughts control our health outcomes, such as anxiety, depression, and more.
We all think negatively occasionally, but continual negative thinking harms mental health. Negative thinking is not defined as having a few negative thoughts; instead, it refers to a negative thinking pattern about your surroundings and yourself. Many times it’s the same, repetitive negative thoughts that keep repeatedly surfacing, day in and day out.
Feeling sad or upset about particular things that happen in life is normal, but the continual negative thinking needs attention, and you want to gain control of it to improve your mental health. “Negative thinking is a thought process where people tend to find the worst in everything or reduce their expectations by considering the worst possible scenarios. This approach can allay disappointment in some situations; but, negative thinking tends to manifest into a pattern that can cause tremendous stress, worry, or sadness over time.” This pattern is what is detrimental and important to steer clear of. Negative thinking exacerbates mental health issues if they are already present and can also cause mental illness.
Not everyone who engages in negative thinking has a mental illness. Still, it’s crucial to have the knowledge and awareness that it can bring about a diagnosable mental illness, and when mental health issues are present, it will only make them worse. Negative thinking can appear in many different ways, and it can be conscious or unconscious.
The most common causes of negative thinking:Anxiety about what is happening in the present moment can quickly bring about negative thoughts, leading to negative feelings about what’s occurring. These