Are your thoughts toxic to your health?

We all have things happen in our lives that are unpleasant, disappointing, or overwhelming. If we hang onto the negative thoughts beyond the time the event occurred, the thoughts can become toxic.

What you say to yourself has an effect on your emotions and how you feel.

Toxic thoughts can drain your energy, lead to fatigue, headaches and other pain, nausea, increased blood pressure, depression, problem relationships with others.

 Ask yourself:

How many “could-have”, “would-have”, or ‘should have” thoughts have you had today?

How many “if onlys” are a part of what you say to yourself?

How often have you said “nothing ever goes right for me”, “everything I touch fails”, “I always mess up”?

Do your thoughts become self-fulfilling prophecies, “I can’t do XXX. If you believe you can’t you won’t!

If you find you are dwelling on the negative far more than the positive, you can change that balance by thought stopping techniques:

 Try these:

Change your overgeneralized negative thoughts to thoughts that are realistic, for example, instead of “I’m always messing up” to "Sometimes I make mistakes. That's human." or “I can improve…” happy

Find humor in the situation. If there is none, create one. If you are having conflict with someone, try to visualize that person as something funny, for example a monkey. It’s hard to not smile at a monkey, even if the monkey is saying things you don’t want to hear.

Talk with others who are positive, not negative. Negative people will ‘bring you down’.

It’s the constant chatter in your head of negative thoughts that can become toxic to your health.

For more information go to: www.helpguide.org, mayoclinic.org, or contact your EAP or other professional counselors.


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