Negativity effects everyone and can become an incredibly controlling force in life. Sometimes a negative state of mind cannot be avoided however a positive attitude towards situations and life in general can greatly improve the outcomes of scenarios that life itself throws at us. Thoughts manifest and when things are heavily focused on they can become reality, because of this a single positive thought can completely change the paths that you take to reach your goals and will make the whole experience much more satisfying.
There are many ways to refocus negative thoughts, one of which is surrounding yourself with positivity. Negativity is not always in your mind, sometimes it is your surroundings that encourage negative thoughts. Other peoples negativity can and will effect you however by spending time with positive people your mindset can shift, their habits and positive energy will slowly begin to rub off on you.
Clearing your head of negativity can be as easy as writing it down on a piece of paper. Writing down a negative thought and throwing it away is a physical release from the negativity. Some people consider burning the paper to be more therapeutic because it is a more extreme and permanent removal of the negative writing. Along with the removal of the writing, a warm drink can also expel negativity as it is a warmth that promotes comfort and imitates emotional warmth.
When you are in what seems like a negative situation, find what is good or helpful. Consider what the silver lining is to this dark cloud and focus on that rather than getting caught up in the negativity. One thing to remember is that it is easy to allow negative thoughts in when you think about what other people may say or think of you. However, most people don't have that much time to think or talk about what you do, this is not an insult, they just have their hands full with their own lives, families, hobbies and worries. Focus on yourself and how to improve your own positivity.
Question your negativity. When you have a negative thought it can sometimes be best to question that thought. By questioning the negativity your mind can also question its importance in your life and extinguish the thought before it takes control. A way to look at this is by focusing on the bigger picture, stop making mountains out of molehills. By zooming out and looking at the bigger picture your negativity will appear much less important, think about this... will this problem or worry matter in a few weeks? Maybe even a few years?
Finally, spend some time talking to others about your negativity. If you are beginning to feel the negativity taking over then you do not need to face this alone. Talk to someone about this and let it all out. In response to talking to someone about your negativity,you can also support someone else and bring positivity into someone else's life. If you get stuck in negativity then one of the simplest ways to get out of your own head is to focus on helping someone else, and sometimes it is much easier to advise someone else rather than take your own advice, however, once all is said and done, only you can fully help yourself.
"Every cloud has a silver lining"