If you have ever been in a position where you have constant negative thoughts running through your head, like why did I do this surgery? Or why am I putting myself through this? Or it’s not working? Or even as simple as I didn’t lose anything so I must be in a stall. You are in a thought process called a constant loop of negative thoughts. These thoughts enter your mind randomly or may be triggered just by looking in the mirror in the morning.
So why do we continue to think these things even though we know it’s detrimental to our self-esteem and body image? Common answer: “It’s just how I’ve always thought”.
Next time you look at yourself and negative thoughts begin to pour in, say to yourself: “This isn’t helping” and immediately move on. While yes this sounds simple, it may not be, but it will have the biggest impact.
So the next time you are caught in a whirlwind of negative self-talk, remind yourself that these thoughts are not going to make you feel any better about yourself. Say, “This isn’t helping” and then, try to an activity that gets your mind off of whatever you were thinking about. By acknowledging the fact that these negative thought aren’t helping to improve your life, it will help disassociate from them and get out of the situation you are in. When you finally realize your thoughts are just that, thoughts, they suddenly don’t hold as much power.
This practice is not meant to completely extinguish negative thoughts. The point of it is to show you that you are human and it is a natural response to think poorly of yourself and your actions sometimes. But also to recognize you have the power to turn away from those thoughts and do something beneficial for yourself.
Please if you ever are having severe negative thoughts that are making it so that you want to harm yourself, then please get professional help. If you would like help or other tips on dealing with negative thoughts, please reach out to us at BariatricA, LLC. We are here to help you. Sometimes it takes an outside influence to help understand the thoughts that you are having.