Many of us have an anxious presence. Because we are human, these thoughts and fears carry elements of toxicity that add to the anxious feeling. In fact, some of those negative thoughts – toxic thoughts – can give a sense of imposter syndrome when in certain situations. So, here are 4 ways to stop anxious thinking.
The first way to stop anxious thinking is by practicing 5-4-3-2-1. When you feel the anxious feelings and you notice the anxious thoughts in yourself, count backwards from 5 to 4, 3, 2, 1.
The second step is to delete the spam folder in your brain. Many of us have junk, anxious thoughts that get caught in the junk folder of our brains. When those junk thoughts are in our brain, we must delete them and reframe them by turning the anxiety to excitement. We must turn automatic negative thoughts to positive reinforcement.
Third, practice worry postponement. Give yourself permission to worry, but only at a certain time for a limited amount of time.
Finally, create a strength success script. This script takes your strengths, values, goals, and aspirations, and breaks it down to different parts of your life and well-being. Use this script to craft out a narrative of how you want your life to go.
If you’ve ever taken the CliftonStrengths assessment, you will realize that many people who have dominant, strategic thinking themes (e.g. deliberative, ideation, analytical) may be even more prone to anxious thinking. By using these 4 steps to stop anxious thinking, your mindset will be transformed from a mindset of anxiety to a mindset of growth. To learn more about the top 4 ways to stop anxious thinking, watch the full video.
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