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4 Steps to Shift Perspective and Change Everything

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Reframing situations

When facing potential stessors, the way we view what we're experiencing can greatly increase our stress—or minimize it.

  • Cognitive reframing is a time-honored, psychologist-recommended method of looking at things in ways that create less stress and promote a greater...

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What is cognitive reframing

Reframing is a way of changing the way you look at something and, thus, changing your experience of it. 

  • It can turn a stressful event into either highly traumatic or a challenge to be bravely overcome.
  • It can depict a really bad day as a mil...

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How reframing affects stress

Using reframing techniques can actually change your physical responses to stress because your body's stress response is triggered by perceived stress, more often than actual events.

  • Your stress response can be triggerd by ...

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1. Learn about thinking patterns

The first step in reframing is to educate yourself about some of these negative thinking patterns (like cognitive distortions) that may greatly increase your stress levels.

  • Educating yourself about thinking patterns and how they affect people is important for layi...

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2.  Notice your thoughts

The next step is to catch yourself when you're slipping into overly negative and stress-inducing patterns of thinking. Being aware of them is an important part of challenging and ultimately changing them.

One thing you can do is just become more mindful of your thoughts, as...

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3. Challenge your thoughts

As you notice your negative thoughts, an effective part of reframing involves examineing the truth and accuraccy (or lack thereof) of these thoughts.

  • Are the things you're telling yourself even true?
  • Also, what are some other ways to interpret the...

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4. Replace your thoughts with more positive thoughts

When you're looking at something negative, see if you can change your self talk to use less strong negative emotions .

When you're looking at a potentially stressful situation, see if you can view it as a challenge versus a threat.

Look for the 'gift' in each...

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