Posted by: melissajneal | December 6, 2011

Thought Stopping

THOUGHT STOPPING

When a negative thought enters your mind make a conscious and internal verbal statement to “stop”, and reframe your thought processes with positive phrases.

  1. Identify: become aware of how you talk and what situations or environments spur negative emotions and inner dialogue
  2. Stop: create a visual, verbal or representational symbol for “stop” that you can actively apply whenever you experience a negative thought or emotion
  3. Practice: to engage in positive self-talk takes practice so aim to be consciously aware of your current self-talk and apply the stop strategy repetitively until your self-talk is reframed from positive to negative (start with situations that you know cause you anxiety, self-doubt, or are challenging).
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