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Thought-Changing Techniques That Can Change How You Think

Change your thoughts and expand your mind

Having a busy and hectic schedule or being in a highly stressful situation for a long period of time can cause your mind to race with unwanted thoughts that are focused on worry and doubt. It's easy to become inundated with worrisome and negative repetitive thoughts that fill your mind throughout the day and well into the night. This, in turn, can lead you to feel a sense of helplessness and despair that can trigger panic and anxiety attacks. These feelings can be frightening, confusing, overwhelming, exhausting, and physically and emotionally harmful. This type of situation and lifestyle can get in the way of living a full, peaceful and happy life. So what can you do to stop or reduce the problem?

Changing Your Thoughts
It's generally difficult to change this type of behavior, but you can make slight changes to manipulate your thoughts. The idea is that your thoughts influence how you feel and how you behave, and by changing your perception, you will learn to cope with situations more effectively. It is almost impossible to control your thoughts on a consistent basis, but you can change and manipulate your thoughts as needed. The objective is to stop the mind from racing and replace any negative, unnecessary or distorted thoughts with calm, positive thoughts. This can be accomplished by releasing a trigger to change your thoughts to refocus and take a deep breath. Thought-stopping techniques by which you suppress negative or unwanted thoughts can lead to thought rebounding which can cause even greater anxiety and depression. The intent is not to suppress or avoid the thoughts, but to slow down this accelerated thought process, and think about those things later, when our thoughts are not so overwhelming and stressful.

Thought-changing techniques are simple and straight forward. Simply interrupt the bothersome and unnecessary thoughts by issuing a voice command and then taking a deep breath. This serves as a reminder and a distraction so you can refocus, compose yourself, and return to a calm mental state. Choose a voice command or word that you will remember and one which will trigger the reaction you want. I use the word "focus" to help me return to center and refocus my thoughts. Say the word command out loud or silently, take a deep breath and then exhale slowly. Taking a deep breath will help to you relax, and triggers a positive response. When followed by positive and reassuring statements, you are breaking this negative habit and reinforcing a sense of reassurance and calmness. Repeat this technique as necessary throughout the day and also before going to sleep. You can also use this technique if your thoughts are racing when you wake up.

The real challenge is making it a habit to fire triggers to offset this negative thought patterns. Firing triggers to cause change when your thoughts start racing or wandering does require a conscious effort, but that becomes much easier as this thought-changing technique becomes a habit.

Try this thought-changing technique to find out how it can help you. You have nothing to lose and so much to gain by incorporating it into your lifestyle.

Break the emotional patterns
It's also important to be aware of any ongoing emotional and behavioral patterns that exhibit signs of nervousness and anxiousness. Breaking those patterns and achieving calmness is your objective.

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