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Here's How Positive Thinking Can Help Reduce Anxiety
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Here's How Positive Thinking Can Help Reduce Anxiety

Practice overcoming negative self-talk to improve the quality of your life.

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Positive thinking is a way to help you cope with unpleasantness in a more productive way. It helps you to stop beating yourself over situations where sometimes you may have no control over. No, we're not talking about toxic positivity. You don't have to dismiss or avoid why you feel stressed.  But If you find yourself constantly talking to yourself in a negative way, you can learn positive thinking skills where you confront the difficult emotions and learn what they're telling you. Positive thinking starts with self-talk. It changes your approach when it comes to handling tough situations. You learn how to think that the best is going to happen, not the worst. “If we look at anxiety from a psychological understanding, we think about it as a miscalculation. Anxiety happens when we overestimate the likelihood that something bad will happen and underestimate our ability to handle it,” Natalie Dattilo, PhD, clinical psychologist and director of psychology at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, told Healthline.

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Time and practice are your friends when it comes to bringing optimism into your life and help reduce anxious feelings. Here's what you can do:

1. Shift Your Thinking

It's like rewiring your brain. Identify areas of your life that you usually think negatively about. Acknowledge there are different ways of thinking of the situation. If you find yourself constantly asking: what if I fail? Try asking this instead: what if I succeed? This practice takes time so don't give up too soon! “Many people abandon their efforts too soon before noticing any change has stuck and maintained. An important part of treatment is a maintenance stage where we have done a lot of thought editing/active treatment and then spend time practicing the new way of thinking and consolidating or storing those ideas so they are more available to you and become the default way of thinking,” Dattilo said.