The Key to Distancing Yourself from Your Negative ThoughtsNone None
I recently led a webinar for Happify on Overcoming Negative Thoughts, where I outlined four strategies for loosening the grip negative thinking has on our minds. This article is part four of a four-part series reviewing these strategies in more detail.
On days when we’re being pulled down by the weight of our negative thoughts, it can seem like we have little control. But equipped with the right strategies, we have the power to redirect and right our minds. We’ve already discussed the strategies of Assess (listening to what your negative thought is telling you that you might need to hear), Distract (focusing your attention somewhere else and letting the negative thoughts fade), and Combat (facing your negative thought head-on and proving it wrong). But if you like a little extra security, there’s one more tool for your kit: distancing.
Acknowledging Our Monkey Mind
It often seems that our thinking defines and colors our entire world. What we perceive and how we tell stories about what's happening to us feel like the foundation of our reality. But our minds are running all day trying to make