If you're looking for the perfect New Year's goal, then you might want to consider this: one of the best things that you can do for yourself is to get rid of your toxic thoughts. Even though everyone struggles with negativity here and there, you shouldn't underestimate the power that these toxic thoughts can have on your day-to-day life.
"We absolutely have the ability to turn ourselves into individuals with constant anxiety, a depressed mood, an angry outlook, and a pessimistic view of the world," clinical psychologist Dr. Joshua Klapow, host of The Web Radio Show, tells Bustle. "Our thoughts drive our emotional experience. When we have thoughts of doubt, sadness, fear, and frustration our mood changes."
If you can get rid of those negative thoughts — or at least minimize them — it can be a totally transformative experience. "Change your thoughts and you change your emotions," Klapow says. "Change your emotions and you can change your mental health."
But if you're someone who's struggled with toxic thoughts for a long time, it can be difficult to imagine how you would ever move past them. Of course, you should always try to seek professional help if you feel like that would be beneficial to your mental health, but if you just need some tips to try to combat negative thoughts on your own, here's what you should keep in mind.