How to Remove Negative Thoughts From Mind Permanently

Are you overwhelmed with negative thoughts throughout the day? You’re not alone, my friend. We all go through tough times but I promise, if you hang in there with me, there is a long-lasting, permanent solution! We’re going to take a deep dive into what negative emotions are, why they are damaging, and how we can get rid of nasty thinking for good. 

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What is Negative Thinking? 

The definition of Negative Thinking is simply this — thoughts that come to our mind that focus on potential problems, limitations, or unfavorable outcomes INSTEAD of positive pathways and solutions. In other words, negative thoughts are entertaining or interpreting situations in a pessimistic or defeatist way. 

What Causes Negative Thoughts?

There are many reasons why anxious thoughts enter our mind. Here are some practical strategies that are, in my own experience and research, have been shown to cause bad thoughts throughout the day.

  1. Past experiences: Negative events or traumas from the past that can cause panic attacks and can distort one’s perspective and lead to similar negative outcomes in the future.
  2. Self-loathing: Individuals who have told you lies about your appearance or character, causing ‘low self-esteem’ by believing what others have said about you. 
  3. Unfulfilled expectations: Making assumptions or having expectations about yourself or others that are not fulfilled in the time you expected. This leads to constant feelings of disappointment and failure, fueling negative thoughts.
  4. Difficult Circumstances: Life can throw us into difficult circumstances, such as financial problems, health issues, or relationship conflicts, it can contribute to a negative outlook on life instead of seeing them as ‘challenges’.
  5. Cognitive biases: Cognitive biases, such as the tendency to focus on negative information or to catastrophize, can distort perception and lead to negative thinking patterns.
  6. Environmental influences: Constantly surrounding yourself with negative people or being exposed to overly hyped social media, negative news and media can reinforce pessimistic thoughts.

Examples of Negative Thoughts

Here are some negative thought statements that reflect pessimism, self-doubt, or a generally negative outlook on oneself or the world. 

  1. “I’ll never be good enough.”
  2. “Nothing ever goes right for me.”
  3. “I always mess things up.”
  4. “I’m such a failure.”
  5. “I’ll never achieve my goals.”
  6. “Nobody cares about me.”
  7. “I’m so stupid.”
  8. “I’ll never get out of this situation.”
  9. “I’ll probably just fail again.”
  10. “I don’t deserve to be happy.”
  11. “I’m worthless.”
  12. “I’ll never be able to change.”
  13. “Things will never improve.”
  14. “I’ll never be as successful as others.”
  15. “I’m just destined to be miserable.”
  16. “I’ll probably embarrass myself.”
  17. “I’m always overlooked.”
  18. “Nobody appreciates me.”
  19. “I’m just a burden to others.”
  20. “I’ll never find love.”

These inner voices can have a detrimental effect on everyday life and overall well-being. Not only will you struggle physically with an increasing heart rate and chemical imbalances, but you’ll have a tough time building positive experiences. 

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What are the Consequences of Negative Thinking? 

These negative thought patterns always stir up bad emotions such as fear, anxiety, worry, or hopelessness. Negative self-talk will ultimately lead to lies, hinder problem-solving abilities, and impact your overall well-being. This includes a negative impact on your physical, mental, and spiritual life. Yes, it’s not a good physical trait. Many cognitive doctors have even suggested that these stressful emotions can kill you! That’s why it’s so important to address negative thinking patterns now instead of later. And, the first step is practicing positive routines and habits in our daily life through cognitive and positive mind patterns that will promote and encourage more optimistic perspectives and behaviors.  

While many seek professional help, this can cause cognitive distortions if you choose the wrong counselor. In my opinion, God is the ultimate counselor! Do you struggle with negative feelings? If so, does this sound like a good thing for you, ladies? No, absolutely not. We have to say ‘stop’ to these unwanted thoughts and say ‘yes’ to a mental shift that’s more positive. But, what is positive thinking? It’s just not about positive people or positive affirmations, it’s so much more than that. 

 Is Positive Thinking the Cure? 

The scriptures talk about this hot topic many times but the cure is not positive thinking. Positive thinking is not Biblical thinking. We can be positive that we’re going to die and go to heaven, yet, if we don’t accept Christ, positive thinking will not get us to heaven. We need to start building Biblical thoughts that match God’s Words and teachings. Let’s start with one Bible Verse that is dubbed the ‘Mental Health’ paragraph. God tells us in Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things”. In other words, think on things that are the truth, honest, just, pure, lovely, good report. If there is any moral goodness or praise, think about these things! 

 In the book of Matthew, he addresses this very same subject by saying, “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”  Matthew 6:34 KJV  In other words, don’t worry about tomorrow, it will take care of itself. If you are worrying, you are sinning against God, it’s that simple. He’s telling us this because He wants us to trust in Him, He will take care of these burdens we tend to pile on to ourselves. 

How to Remove Negative Thoughts from Our Mind Permanently 

Let’s look at the Bible and find out how we can make a conscious effort and transform negative thoughts into positive thoughts that are true and encouraging. We are not denying that bad things and tough times happen to us, but we are stating that it’s our positive attitude that get’s us through by filling our mind with the truth. Where is the truth? The Bible holds all truth and is the living, breathing word. Let’s take some deep breaths and then dig into how we can squash these intrusive thoughts forever. 

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Warning Signs You Have Negative Thoughts

Here are some real-life prompts, statements, or signs you are struggling with negative, non-Biblical thinking in your mind:

1. What if this happens….
2. Why is this happening to me?
3. If only ___ did this….
4. I hate this….
5. I’m tired of….
6. Why can’t ___ do this…
7. I’m overwhelmed with ….
8. How come ____ doesn’t happen to _____ 
9. Why can’t this happen ______

3 Steps to Begin Removing Negative Thoughts

Ready to take action? You don’t need cognitive behavioral therapy, you need a great way to transform worst-case-scenario thinking into a Biblical mindset. The best way to start getting rid of these pesky ponders is to take these simple steps to a healthy Biblical recovery: 

  1. The first step is to understand that you must transform negative, unhealthy thoughts into positive, healthy Biblical thoughts. 
  2. Review your daily schedule and add routines in small steps that encourage Bible reading and other habits that keep your mind and physical health fresh and clean such as regular exercise and 7-8 hours of sleep. 
  3. Next, find Bible verses that are relative to your difficult trial, test, or situation. See at the end below for great Bible Verses on Biblical, mental health. Write them on paper or an index card to memorize and meditate on.
  4. Let’s look at real-life examples or scenarios and transform them into truths or solutions using scriptures or passages in the Word of God:
    • Scenario 1: A woman worrying about her husband not making enough money for food. Solution: Meditate on Phillippians 4:6-7
    • Scenario 2: A lady who is sorrowing the loss of her son to drugs. Solution: Memorize and meditate on Psalm 34:17-18 and other psalms that bring comfort. 
    • Scenario 3: A family member fears that she is going to get sick from Covid since she drove her neighbor to the hospital. Solution: Write, read and memorize Isaiah 41:10 and put it on your frig. 
    • Scenario 4: A friend is struggling with the rejected feeling of divorce due to infidelity. Solution: Ask her to read her Bible and meditate on a Bible verse that reminds of her of the truth like Isaiah 41:9.
    • Scenario 5: A good friend is lonely and looking for a spouse but is tired of waiting. Solution: Tell her that God says in the Bible that He will never leave her according to Deuteronomy 31:6.  
    • Scenario 6: A woman goes to a secular counselor and is diagnosed with an anxiety disorder along with medication. Solution: Go directly to 1 Peter 5:7, as Peter reminds us, “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”

Tips on How to Remove Negative Thoughts

I have good news for those who battle these automatic negative thoughts. There is so much hope and potential for you! Get excited as good things are coming your way if you trust in the Lord! Working on an attitude of gratitude is just one of the many ways we can start filling our minds as we become positive, Biblical thinkers. 

Starting today, here are some effective ways or practical tips to begin the process of renewing your mind and removing negative experiences. One small step can make a profound impact on your life so take instructions seriously:

1. Wake up each day before anyone in the house to make time for yourself and the Lord.
2. Praise the Lord right away as you wake up to another day. You are blessed! 
3. Thank the Lord several times throughout the day on things you are grateful for.
4. Get into a good sleep routine to avoid sleep deprivation by going to bed early. 
5. Keeping a notepad are one of the many useful tools to write good thoughts, grocery lists, things to do etc for the next day to avoid worrying.
6. Start physical activity and exercise early every day for about 20 to 30 minutes like walking, running, or simply doing stretch exercises inside the home. 
7. Create a healthy, balanced diet so you can enjoy an optimal, energetic experience throughout the day. 

Bible Verses about Negative Thoughts

Now, Here is a list of 20 key Bible Verses that are powerful tools to help get you started on a positive thinking mindset using a Biblical perspective: 

  1. Psalm 139:14 – I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
  2. Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
  3. Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
  4. John 3:16 – For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
  5. 1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
  6. 2 Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
  7. Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
  8. Romans 8:37 – Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
  9. Colossians 3:12 – Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering.
  10. Ephesians 2:10 – For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
  11. 1 Peter 5:7 – Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
  12. Genesis 12:2 – And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing.
  13. John 13:34 – A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
  14. 2 Timothy 2:1 – Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
  15. Philippians 4:6-7:“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
  16. Psalm 34:17-18:“The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.”
  17. Psalm 42:11:“Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.”
  18. Proverbs 12:25:“Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.”
  19. Isaiah 41:10:“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
  20. Romans 12:2: “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

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