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Check the facts and turn up the volume on the positive thinking

Check the facts and turn up the volume on the positive thinking

We can all experience situations when our mind can take on a life of its own allowing negative thoughts whether about ourselves or others in a particular situation to get out of hand with unwelcome consequences for our own confidence and behaviour.
Most of us are fortunate in that we do not allow the thoughts to endure and we can break out of it. If we don’t it can impact our health and well-being.
A good first step to limit the impact of this negative thinking and stop it in its tracks is when you feel it coming on take a step back and run through the facts of the situation. The facts or evidence will more often than not, not support the thinking and help you turn the volume up on the positive thinking.
So if my mind is telling me that I always screw up, then I can check the evidence:

  • What is it we are talking about and how bad is it really?
  • Who said I screwed up?
  • Who supports me and believes in me?
  • What have I got right, recently and what is going for me?
  • etc etc

If this is something that resonates with you and you want to learn more about managing your own thinking I would recommend an excellent book “Change Your Thinking” by Sara Edelman. This is an excellent guide to managing upsetting emotions and to think in a healthy and balanced way and gives practical strategies for overcoming negative thoughts and behaviours.We can all experience situations when our mind can take on a life of its own allowing negative thoughts whether about ourselves or others in a particular situation to get out of hand with unwelcome consequences for our own confidence and behaviour.
Most of us are fortunate in that we do not allow the thoughts to endure and we can break out of it. If we don’t it can impact our health and well-being.
A good first step to limit the impact of this negative thinking and stop it in its tracks is when you feel it coming on take a step back and run through the facts of the situation. The facts or evidence will more often than not, not support the thinking and help you turn the volume up on the positive thinking.
So if my mind is telling me that I always screw up, then I can check the evidence:

  • What is it we are talking about and how bad is it really?
  • Who said I screwed up?
  • Who supports me and believes in me?
  • What have I got right, recently and what is going for me?
  • etc etc

If this is something that resonates with you and you want to learn more about managing your own thinking I would recommend an excellent book “Change Your Thinking” by Sara Edelman. This is an excellent guide to managing upsetting emotions and to think in a healthy and balanced way and gives practical strategies for overcoming negative thoughts and behaviours.

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