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Do you ever feel down, sad, or depressed and have no idea why you feel this way?  Everyone occasionally feels like this, but when it is a constant feeling that never seems to go away, your thoughts might be overwhelmingly negative.

Whether you are aware of it or not, your brain is “thinking” all the time.  Research shows that your brain has a “new thought” every 4 or 5 seconds.  These thoughts in your brain are racing along at about 1,300 words per minute, whereas when you speak they are 150 – 200 words per minute.  You may not be cognitively aware of what you are saying to yourself because these thoughts race along so fast.

Many of these thoughts might be negative.  We criticize ourselves, we judge ourselves, we review past hurts, we put ourselves down, and we remember regrets.  We tell ourselves that we are ugly, that we messed up in a relationship, or that we should have studied harder.

When we spend our day thinking negative thoughts (whether we are aware of it or not), we will feel down, sad, or depressed.

How do we eliminate these negative thoughts?  Cognitive Behaviour Therapy recommends replacing these negative thoughts with positive ones.  Scripture also encourages us to “fix our thoughts on what is good and right...think about all the things you can praise God for and be glad about” Phil 4:8

Start to pay attention to all the thoughts that race through your brain.  You might be so used to the negative self-talk that you are not aware how much it is affecting you.  The next time your thoughts condemn you, replace it with a positive thinking.

Do You Feel Down, Sad, or Depressed?