What causes constant negative thinking. A common cold, exhaustion, stress, hunger, sleep deprivation, even allergies can make you depressed, which leads to negative thoughts. In many cases, depression can be caused by negative thinking, itself. These distortions are usually used to reinforce negative thinking or emotions.
A flow of sad thoughts through your mind can be frustrating because you can’t be sure if depression is making you think negatively, or thinking negatively is making you depressed. A common cold, exhaustion, stress, hunger, sleep deprivation, even allergies can make you depressed, which leads to negative thoughts.In many cases, depression can be caused by negative thinking, itself. Our feelings follow what we are thinking, and dwelling upon negative thoughts can send us spiraling down into depression. This concept is the guiding principle behind Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) developed in the 1960s by Dr. Aaron T. Beck at the University of Pennsylvania.
To combat negative thinking, it is important to understand it. The following are some cognitive distortions — ways that our mind convinces us of untruths. These distortions are usually used to reinforce negative thinking or emotions. By repeatedly refuting distortions, negative thinking will diminish.
Credit goes to David D. Burns, author of “Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy” (HarperCollins, 1999), for coining common names for these distortions.
the more we think, the more we think. Despite that sounding ludicrously obvious, it is a simple fact that we are creatures of habit and the more time we spend with our attention and energy in our thinking brain, the more we will gravitate towards spending time in our heads thinking.
There is little doubt that as a culture much of our focus and energy is in our head. We tend to be engaged in one activity while thinking about the next few things we will be doing. Analyzing, evaluating and generally overthinking are commonplace. However, this is a habit that can be broken by redirecting attention. Being more present in the now moment and reconnecting with the physical body are very useful ways of breaking this habit.
The Presence of Emotion: emotion is a complex physiological process that affects all of the body and all of the brain. When emotion is present within body and brain, the thinking centers of the brain become more active. So if you notice your thinking ramping up, especially if it is negative thinking, there is a good chance that there is emotion inside you trying to get your attention. Doing something with the emotion and taking some action is significantly better than trying to manipulate your thinking.