"My interview with Ariane was nothing but smooth, professional, and a hell of a lot of fun. Not the usual 20 questions. Highly recommended." -Timothy Ferriss, #1 NY Times bestselling author of The 4-Hour Workweek
Read More Testimonials»

Our Dealing With Depression Experts

Fawn Fitter

Fawn Fitter

Author of Working in the Dark: Keeping Your Job While Dealing...

Shared by First30Days View Profile»
Dr. Andrew Jones

Dr. Andrew Jones

Medical director of the Women’s Health Institute of Texas...

Shared by First30Days View Profile»
Dr. Jesse H. Wright

Dr. Jesse H. Wright

Authority on treating depression, professor of psychiatry...

Shared by First30Days View Profile»

Meet all of our Health Experts»

Got a Question?

Q&A

If you have questions about this change, you're in the right place. Our editors, experts, and community of change optimists have answers!

LMAYO9

Question:How do you stop the cycle of negative thinking?

Sometimes, that negative voice gets going and it's nearly impossible to get it to stop. How do you change your thoughts to something more positive?

Asked by LMAYO9 on 5/1/08 1 Answer»
Kacey6681

Answer:

I have found that swapping the negative thought for a positive one works well for me. The way I do that is to picture myself on a beautiful beach at sunset, I am the only one there, and I focus on the sounds that I would hear if I were there. I can hear the ocean, and the birds, the wind gently brushing my face. I look at the sunset on the horizon as it slowly sets and how pretty it is. I basically transfer my mind to a place where I can relax and not have to think about whatever is making me depressed at the time. Another one I use is pictureing my daughter. That almost always puts me in a better mood!! The only time it doesn't work is when she is playing so loudly that I can't blank her out:)!! I have had problems with depression for a long time... several miscarriages, failed relationships, and now being without a job and going through a divorce and becoming a single mom... I'm not a shrink, but I think I've been through enough crap in my life to at least be able to try and share my thoughts and ideas with someone else. Hopefully something I said helps :) Keep smiling and it will get better, I promise!!

Answered by: Kacey6681 on 5/3/08
Got an Answer?