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.
Reframing techniques are a way of minimizing the stressors you perceive in your life, thus easing the process of relaxation.
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When facing potential stessors, the way we view what we're experiencing can greatly increase our stress—or minimize it.
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.
As you notice your negative thoughts, an effective part of reframing involves examineing the truth and accuraccy (or lack thereof) of these thoughts.
Reframing is a way of changing the way you look at something and, thus, changing your experience of it.
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...
When you're looking at something negative, see if you can change your self talk to use less strong negative emotions .
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