avoiding negative thoughts

February 23, 2008 4:53am CST
being home, alone for most of the time because of illness, I find negative thoughts crossing my mind every now and then. I feel very low and worthless. How can I avoid such thoughts and be cheerfull
2 responses
@paid2write (5201)
23 Feb 08
I know it's not easy, but if you can get into the habit of positive thinking it does get easier. For example, think what you are doing now. You are online communicating with people around the world. Don't you think that is great? You do not even have to leave your home, you can share jokes and opinions online, and it costs you nothing. You are not worthless, your thoughts and opinions count as much as anyone else's in this world. Now you have joined MyLot, keep reading posting. You can enjoy making new friends around the world. Try not to let those negative into your mind.
• Canada
23 Feb 08
I am sorry that you are ill! Feeling low does make you mentally low! Now, here's your chance to prove to yourself how wonderful you really are! Focus on all the positive influences you have created, all the good things you have done, the unique talents you have, the compassions you have, and if you've got time (amongst these good thoughts) count your blessings. Please get well, soon....and be really kind to yourself.
• India
27 Feb 08
Thanks for making me feel great Paid2....I am very good in music, after going through your suggestion I decided why not listen to music,learn the songs that I havent had time to so far, and learn about places in the net. thanks so much and have a nice day
@Umbra75 (56)
• United States
26 Feb 08
I'm in that boat now, too. I've had pneumonia since I got the diagnosis last Monday. So, I've only walked out the door for a doctor's visit, and haven't left since. So far, I've just been working on distraction. Typing on the computer, or playing games. Stairing at the cats to see how long it takes them to notice (which, if you really want them to notice, is something easy to get into, lol). Watching television. Basically, anything other than letting myself dwell on what I think. Positive thinking works great for some people, but over the hundreds of times (literally, hundreds of times) I've tried it, I can't get it to work, so it's not a help to me. I'm not a negative person (just to point this out, lol), I just can't be that optimistic about everything. It's not who I am. So, I need other things to get the negativity out or set it aside, and distracting myself seems to help more than anything else.