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Pessimistic thinking

Anyone else tend to be pessimistic or think in a negative way if so are you able to change that and how?

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A lot of my philosophy about the world is grim, but my philosophy about my personal situation isn’t bad. I know the world is tough, and very few of us get through it untouched.

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I try to think positive. If I do start getting negative I try to do something to distract myself. Mornings I’m usually a pessimist though. I wake up and think “why me?!”

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I find negative thinking is related to depression. So by fighting depression I think less negative. I try to excersise twice a week, walk for a minimum of 30 minutes each day. Take anti-depressive natural supplements like vitamin-D and bacopa monniera. And be social when I can with family, friends and colleagues.

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Yes I get loads of that. It’s hard not to. I am still functional with sz but much less than pre-illness. My job is stressful. My sleep rarely restful. I can’t quit smoking. Etc.

But if I focus on the positives it gets better. I am in reasonable physical health. My family is doing ok. I have a job and live independently. I have reliable friends. I am still young enough to hope for things to get even better. Maybe a medicine tweak or a few changes here and there, I might have more energy.

Oh and I still believe in a higher power. Helps a lot when feelings tend to go south.

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I’m fully negative. I’ll probably will be a master in pessimistic thinking and talking. I neglect most or all things that get offered to me. I just agree out of comfort.

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Hope things get better may take practice to think possitive hang in there.

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I think mindfulness meditation and other kinds of meditation may really help you, @Big-Kahuna

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Thinking positive is key. I have a history of negative thoughts spiriling out of control. It takes practice to think positive. Just repeating " im ok" " im fine as i am" is helping me lately. Like, dont pressure yourself too much to speak or whatever.

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Ive tried for a long time with meditation but my condition still remains chronic there are many ways to meditate maybe choosing the right method maybe.

Yea maybe. I would say…if you wanted to try…research the most widely successful methods. I know mindfulness of breathing and body scans are two of the most popular

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My default mode of thought is utterly pessimistic, no positivity whatsoever.

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Haha… When I wake up and have to go to work like that. When I wake up on Saturday morning I feel good.

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Yea those are the two ive tried.

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Lol yea sometimes work can be that way I would rather a job that I liked that maybe payed a little less than one that I just did for the money.

Do you like doing anything I know it can be hard but its all about feeling possitive I think.

Try Buddhism monks will tell you basically to be mindful

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I try to look for the good in things, though that can be tough.

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Visualization, for example, a candle’s flame, is a very popular one too. You can create your own, too: anything that involves being mindful of the sights, sounds, touch sensations, smells, tastes, feelings, thoughts, or any combination of those is a surefire win. There’s also loving-kindness meditation.

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