Introduction: What are Unhealthy & Ungodly Thoughts and How Do They Affect Us?
Unhealthy and ungodly thoughts are negative thinking habits that can have a detrimental effect on our mental, physical, and spiritual health. These thought patterns can lead to depression, anxiety, stress, and even physical ailments. It is important to understand what these unhealthy thoughts are and how they affect us in order to be able to stop them from taking over our lives. In this article we will discuss the different types of unhealthy and ungodly thoughts, as well as how we can break out of these negative thinking habits.
The Different Types of Unhealthy and Ungodly Thoughts
There are a variety of unhealthy and ungodly thoughts that we as humans are susceptible to. These thoughts can be destructive to our lives, often causing feelings of depression, anxiety, stress, or even physical ailments. They also can have a negative impact on our mental health and spiritual well-being.
Here is an overview of some common types of these negative thought patterns:
Golden or Platinum Rule Thinking: This is the idea that you should always do what would make someone else happy if they were in your shoes. It’s a way to avoid doing anything that might cause harm to yourself. It is one of the most common thought patterns found in unethical people, who use it as justification for hurting others.
Fatalistic Thinking involves an outlook that places a heavy emphasis on the inevitability of death and that we will die alone. This type of thinking is often seen in people who have a fear of abandonment and feel like their lives are predetermined by fate. It is important to recognize signs of this type of thinking and work to challenge it, as it can lead to an unhealthy view of life.
Unrealistic Thinking: People with unrealistic thoughts are not able to deal with the challenges and problems that they encounter in their daily lives. This can lead to an inability to make responsible decisions, as the individual is already resigned to the fact that they will inevitably fail. Unrealistic thinking can be defined as a belief in something which is not fully substantiated by existing evidence or facts and is likely an exaggeration of how things really are. Unrealistic thoughts include beliefs about being persecuted, being special or unique, having a perfect parent, etc.
Strategy 1 – Take Control of Your Mind with Positive Self-Talk.
Self- talk is a powerful technique to reprogram your thoughts and keep you focused on achieving your goals. By consciously substituting negative self-talk with positive statements, you can create an environment of success that will help motivate you to keep pushing forward. This technique works best when practiced regularly, as it allows you to start believing in the power of positive thinking and create a strong foundation for success. When used consistently, this strategy can be used as a powerful tool to stay focused and motivated towards reaching any goal one may have set.
One of the basic strategies that I use to fill my mind with more positive statements is listening to christian music and christian podcasts on a daily basis. No this is not a lets-burn- all – rap- CD’s plug. This is that I merely try to fill my mind with a ratio of mostly positive things. I try to stay current on events and popular culture without being consumed by it .
Strategy #2 – Learn to Identify Distorted Thinking Patterns
Distorted thinking patterns can have a major impact on our mental health and wellbeing. Recognizing and understanding these thought patterns is key to improving our mental health. We talked briefly in the beginning of this article about some of those negative thinking patterns. The brief list provided is not exhaustive. Negative thought patterns may include:
-Thinking you don’t deserve anything good or positive in your life.
-Thinking you’ve failed and that your mistakes are the end of the world.
-Thinking you’re not deserving of happiness, love, or joy.-
Believing bad things will happen to others without warning and without explanation and that nothing can be done to stop it. This can lead to feelings of helplessness, hopelessness and worthlessness which make it hard to live a full life. God wants you to have a full life and live abundantly.
One of the breathing/ meditation techniques I love is the one that includes just labeling a thought – thought or feeling and letting it go. In the same way, some of us have common negative thoughts that plague us. It’s usually the same thought that lingers over and over. Find out what are your go-to negative thoughts. Mine are always those of self-blame and self- harm. I have been struggling with those for decades. Even when I have a day , month or blissfull year of peace, undoubtedly the day comes when those thoughts rear their ugly head but I’m at least familiar with it and can identify it.
Strategy #3 – Challenge Your Negative Beliefs & Replace Them with Truths
It is often said that our thoughts have the power to shape our lives. This is why it is so important to challenge and replace negative beliefs and ungodly thoughts with truths. By doing this, we can create a healthier mindset and start living life more fully and joyfully.
Negative beliefs can be extremely damaging to our mental health, leading to feelings of worthlessness, fear, anxiety, depression, and even physical illness. It is essential that we identify these beliefs in order to challenge them with truth. We must replace lies with truth in order to free ourselves from the bondage of negative thinking patterns and start living a life of freedom.
One of the ways to replace negative beliefs with truth is to go look at the bible. I have a whole front section of my notebook with biblical affirmations and where they came from in the bible. I am loved. What verses in the bible let me know that? Which verses speak the most to me? Write them down. Not just the reference… Write the whole thing down. The more you dwell on those truths, the more they begin to stick.
Strategy 4 – Break Free of Toxic Habits that Feed Negative Thinking – is an essential part of overcoming any negative thought patterns.
This strategy requires you to identify any activities, behaviors, or routines that are feeding your negative thinking. Then it is important to take action and break these habits by replacing them with healthier habits like exercising, meditation, and spending time with positive people. By making a conscious effort to break free of these toxic habits, you will be able to build more positive thinking patterns and increase your overall mental wellbeing.
One of the healthy habits that the bible speaks on is moderation or temperance in drink. There are even examples of bad things that occured to certain folks in the bible because they were drunk- cautionary tales. If you’re not sure where to start on breaking free of toxic habits, perhaps begin there.
Poor nutrition and nutrient deficiencies can have a profoundly negative impact on mental health, leading to a decrease in cognitive performance, increased levels of stress and anxiety, and even depression. These effects are further aggravated when combined with other risk factors such as lifestyle choices, pre-existing conditions, or genetics. Thus it is important for individuals to ensure that they are receiving the proper nutrition in order to maintain their mental well-being. That is another good place to begin.
Thanks for joining me and reading this longer article on how to conquer ungodly thoughts.