“The Year of Conquering Negative Thinking”

Of course we caregivers tend to worry about all the bad things that “might” happen.  Perhaps those with a neurological diagnosis do this too.

This recent New York Times article offers a challenge to us all:  “Make this the year that you quiet all those negative thoughts swirling around your brain.”

This approach is suggested:

* “The first step to stopping negative thoughts is a surprising one. Don’t try to stop them. … Instead, notice that you are in a negative cycle and own it.”

* “After you’ve accepted a negative thought, force yourself to challenge it. … If you’re having trouble challenging your negative thoughts, try this approach. Imagine that your friend is the one who received the bad news. What advice would you give him or her? Now think of how that advice might apply to you.”

* “Now move from a place of inaction to action to counteract the negative thought. … [It]may be helpful to ask yourself if you are accomplishing anything by dwelling on your negative thoughts.”

* “When your negative thoughts are making you feel agitated and overwhelmed, take a deep breath, and then another.”

* “Finally, if your thoughts are making you feel seriously distressed and interfering with your ability to work and relax, consider seeing a mental health professional.”

Here’s a link to the full article:


Well | Mind
The Year of Conquering Negative Thinking
New York Times
By Lesley Alderman
Jan. 3, 2017

Happy reading,