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Negative Thinking Patterns: How to Manage, Interpret and Reframe — MyWellbeing
So let’s dig deeper: How exactly do we reframe these negative thoughts? 1.     Awareness Focus on your awareness of your negative thinking traps.  Be mindful and try your best to recognize negative thoughts and try to describe the situation as accurate as possible.  Notice what thoughts make you feel a way that you do not like and take a mental note of this.  Also take notice of your feelings.  Be aware of the physical sensations that arise in your body.  Some negative thoughts will just pass through without affecting our daily functioning, but if you notice physiological sensations in your body, that is a good indicator to try and reframe the thought. 2.     Ask Questions Literally, ask yourself questions to get a better understanding of how to cognitively cope with this negative thought.  When you identify a negative thought that comes to mind, some questions you can ask yourself are:  Is this thought 100% accurate? Is this thought helpful? What advice would I give to my best friend if they were going through a similar situation? What are the chances of this thought coming true? What will I think of this in a week? Could there be any other thoughts besides this one? What will I gain from accepting this thought? What will I lose? 3.     Come up with an alternative view (REFRAME) The goal is to find a better alternative view of what is happening to you.  Use your personal power to come up with a “redemptive narrative.”  A redemptive narrative is where you are able to tell the story of your situation in which the tough events also bring something positive.  The positive may take some time, but it’s important to see a positive outlook.
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