How to: Challenge Negative Thoughts

Stress and worry are fuelled by the way that we think, and the way that we think affects stress – from this you can clearly see how a cycle of negativity can occur.

There are ways in which you can talk yourself out of stress by challenging those negative thoughts and listening to your common sense voice instead of your stress voice.

The Big 5 Challenges teaches you ways to challenge negative thoughts by allowing yourself to see the bigger picture. There are 5 different challenges (if you hadn’t already guessed by the name) and you can choose which one best suits the negative thoughts that you are having at the time.

What are the chances?

The negative thoughts that you are worrying about are usually unlikely to happen. So this challenge asks you how much of your own real money would you bet on it happening? Put your money where your mouth is!

What is the worst thing?

The negatives thoughts may actually occur, but what’s the worst that could happen if they do? Are you working yourself up about something that really isn’t that much of a big deal?

Am I right to think that?

Are you blanking out some important information that could disprove your negative thoughts? Look for evidence that validates what you are stressing over and you will usually find that it doesn’t exist.

The 5 year rule

Will this negative thought or stress matter in 5 years time? NO! If it’s not something that you will remember 5 years from now, then don’t sweat it.

What is this worth?

This challenge asks you to consider if you’re spending too much of your valuable time thinking about things that don’t deserve your attention. Ask yourself, is life too short to think like this?

 

I’m no doctor, but if you have negative thoughts that niggle away at you then it may be worth trying out a couple of the Big 5 Challenges.

Do you do any of these challenges already? Let me know what works best for you!

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