• Kirsti Gwynn

Negative Thinking (and What to Do About It)

Once the negative thoughts start, they’re hard to stop.

One minute you’re worrying about something small that might go wrong… and the next, you can’t stop thinking the worst.

This spiral goes on and on, leaving you feeling out of control and fearing the future. Your chances of success feel slim.

Why does this happen, and what can you do to stop thinking negatively?

Let’s take a look at what happens in your brain to cause this frustrating pattern.

Why your Brain is so Negative

The limbic system of your brain is what we can call your “hot system”. Its priority is keeping you safe from harm.

The way that that your brain’s hot system keeps you safe is by scanning the environment for evidence that you might be in danger.

If your hot system decides it thinks you’re in a dangerous situation, it triggers an automatic reaction to get you back to safety.