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Tear it up

Posted by Sara Levitsky on Monday, February 10, 2014 Under: Coping Tools
Those negative thoughts or negative voices that we hear in our own heads are not doing us any favors.  They are trying to convince us that we aren't good enough, aren't smart enough, aren't strong enough - just aren't ENOUGH.  Here is a great tool for easing our minds of those thoughts.

Write down the negative thing that is bouncing around in your head on a piece of paper.  

"I'm going to fail that test."
"I did a terrible job on that presentation."
"I look so fat today."

Take the paper, look at the message, and tear it up.  Be physical about it.  Be aggressive about it.  Tear it into a lot of tiny pieces.  Take that pile of paper and throw it away in the trash can - because it's garbage.

End with a cleansing breath - and just acknowledge that you threw away some useless trash.  The negative thought = useless trash.

A good alternative is to write down something positive - a strength.  Or two.  Use permanent marker.  Fold it gingerly, and then tuck it away for safe keeping somewhere special.  Because it is a treasure.

In : Coping Tools 



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