Sometimes we need help in reframing our thinking. In those moments it’s easy to get caught in a negative self-feedback loop of “I can’t” or “It’s just too hard”, and on and on. So, how do we reframe our thinking? Below in the post Reframing Our Thinking: Turn Negative into Positive Thoughts, is feedback I shared on the r/Anxiety subreddit that was stuck in their own negative self-feedback loop.
“Here’s my summary of your message:
- You chose not to go to school
- You didn’t check your email regularly
- You really hope you don’t get kicked out
- You can get good grades when you focus and put in effort
- You know you should have communicated sooner
- You’re very concerned with how others feel about you
- You continue to talk down to and about yourself
Here’s how I propose you look at things going forward:
- I will make every effort to go to school. If I think I have the Flu I will get checked by a Doctor.
- I will check my email at least once a day
- I’m going to follow up with my Instructor and Administration to talk through this
- I will get good grades because I know I can be successful
- I will communicate with my School and my Dad more regularly
- I will have a talk with my Dad about what’s going on with me
- I will stop this negative self talk and start to believe in myself
This isn’t pie in the sky stuff. You can do it and you know it.“
The human mind is a powerful thing. It can literally rewire and reshape our brains. Does this sounds familiar? It should. T concept is the neuroplasticity I’ve mentioned on the KEV Talks Podcast before. Read the full definition below for more.
“neuroplasticity, capacity of neurons and neural networks in the brain to change their connections and behaviour in response to new information, sensory stimulation, development, damage, or dysfunction. Although some neural functions appear to be hard-wired in specific, localized regions of the brain, certain neural networks exhibit modularity and carry out specific functions while also retaining the capacity to deviate from their usual functions and to reorganize themselves.” – From Britannica.com
Reframing Our Thinking seemed to be helpful to the person that posted on r/Anxiety. I hope it’s helpful for you too.
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