Educate yourself about thinking patterns that may exacerbate your stress levels (for example, being aware of common cognitive distortions).
This process is important for laying the groundwork for understanding and change.
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An effective part of reframing involves examining the truth and accuracy (or lack thereof) of your negative thoughts.
Instead of seeing things the way you always have, challenge every negative thought, and see if you can adopt thoughts that fit your situation but reflect a more positive outlook.
It's a method of looking at things in ways that create less stress and promote a greater sense of peace and control.
It means changing the way you look at something and thus changing your experience of it.
Look for the 'gift' in each situation, and see if you can see your stressors on the more positive edge of reality.
When you're looking at something negative, see if you can change your self talk to use less strong, less negative emotions. When you're looking at a potentially stressful situation, see if you can view it as a challenge versus a threat.
Become more mindful of your thoughts, as though you're an observer.
Once you become more of an observer, it's easier to notice your thoughts rather than remaining caught up in them.
When facing potential stessors, the way we view what we're experiencing can greatly increase our stress—or minimize it.
If you don't already use this stress relief strategy regularly, you may want to consider it.
Acute stress is the type of stress that comes as quickly as it goes. It can throw you off balance to lose your focus momentarily. Examples of situations that trigger acute stress are intense arguments with a loved one or feeling inadequate after a challenging exam.
Every time you experience acute stress, effective relaxation techniques include breathing exercises, meditation, cognitive reframing, and progressive muscle relaxation.
Stress affects us in different ways and at different times. One of the most common ways stress affects us is right before talking to your boss, when playing sports or before a speech.
We can take those feelings of anxiety and turn them into energy and focus.
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