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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.
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Reframing is a way of changing the way you look at something and, thus, changing your experience of it.
When facing potential stessors, the way we view what we're experiencing can greatly increase our stress—or minimize it.
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.
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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.
As you notice your negative thoughts, an effective part of reframing involves examineing the truth and accuraccy (or lack thereof) of these 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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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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