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Negative thoughts can sometimes be a big impediment when you are trying to maintain a positive
attitude. Don’t think that you are an isolated case, as everybody has negative thoughts. Nevertheless,
the worst thing about these thoughts is that they always tend to occur in the most inappropriate
situations. Your negative emotions can have a powerful yet negative impact on your personal and
professional relationships. Therefore, learning how to manage them will do you a great service.
Fortunately, there are enough efficient techniques and “tricks” that you can leverage consistently in
order to overcome the negative thoughts. One way to do it is through writing, which was proven to
provide you with a way of eliminating these negative emotions while helping you cope with them on the
In today’s post, we’ve prepared 5 writing techniques that you can take advantage of whenever you feel
your negative emotions kicking n:
1. Make a Double List
Start by writing a list. In one column, write all the things that upset you or make you angry. In the other
one, write all the things that make you happy. We usually tend to think about all the negative thoughts
and forget about all the positive things that we already have in our life.
Doing this exercise will offer you the chance of balancing the negatives and the positives. The next step
is to focus on the positive aspects in order to experience immediate positive feelings. Do it every day
and very soon, you will experience a complete change in your attitude regarding life.
2. Write and Revise
Take a piece of paper and write down what makes you anxious or angry. Get outside and take a deep
and long breath. Now write down how your emotions have changed. This revision will help you
understand the root of your problem, only if you pay close attention.
Once all your negative emotions are on the paper, the brain considers them as dispatched, and you are
free to experience something entirely new. In time, you will discover that most things that are upsetting
you right now won’t upset you anymore in a few days. However, using this technique to express your
emotions and revise them after might give you some insights on how to handle this kind of emotions
3. Describe Emotions
Describe your emotions as detailed as possible. This exercise will help you purge yourself from all those
negative thoughts. While writing, make sure to be as concise as possible, and don’t let any detail slip
away. Write with passion!
Next time you are experiencing this kind of feelings, take a look at the description. Are you feeling the
same way? If you see the same feelings unfolding, then there is a pattern. Use this pattern to study the
root of your problem. Dedicate time to study yourself. The simple process of introspection is a great way
of eliminating negative emotions.
4. Write a Story
Once you are home from work, take a piece of paper and start writing your story. You will be the main
character whose task will be to solve a problem. The story must have a happy ending. Imagining yourself
as a character which solves a difficult problem can give you a lot of insights regarding your personal
Your imagination is closely related to your subconscious, therefore a simple story may mean much more
than you might think. Use these stories as a mirror. Each time you write a story with you as its main
character, try to find the truth in it. The story must have a happy ending because the mind doesn’t
differentiate between the fictionalized you and the real you. This is how you train your mind to always
look for a positive outcome.
5. Let Out Frustrations
When you are at the point of doing something that you will regret, don’t give in, and instead, take a
piece of paper and let out all your frustrations. Write everything that makes you angry and write all
those harsh words that were meant for someone else.
This technique is similar to the third one, the difference being that after you’ve written all the negative
thoughts, you will burn or throw away the paper. This is an exercise that will help you overcome
negative emotions quicker and with less pain.
All negative emotions are meant to be overcome, it’s just a matter of time or will. As you can see,
writing can truly change your state of mind while helping you discover your most hidden problems. So,
the next time you experience negative feelings, try using one of these techniques.
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