How can I stop negative intrusive thoughts?
Answer: Although nothing can replace the care of your physician, the following techniques may
1.Relabel: Recognize the fact that the intrusive thought and/or urge is the result of a random misfiring in the brain brought about through habitual negative thinking
2.Reattribute: Realize that the intensity and intrusiveness of the thought/urge is caused by a random misfiring in the brain brought about through habitual negative thinking
3.Refocus: Work around the negative thoughts but focusing your attention on something else, or at least for a few minutes DO ANOTHER BEHAVIOUR
4.Revalue: Do not take the intrusive thought at face value. It is not significant in itself. It is not meaningful and there is no evidence to back up the the thought.
The above advice is an exerpt from the book Brain Lock
Question: Are there any instant relief techniques I can use to combat anxiety?
Answer: Although nothing can replace the care of a physician the following techniqes may help:
1. Exercise. Take a walk, swim, bike, etc. Not only will it take negative things off your mind, it will release endorphins to help you feel better. At least 3 days a week is recommended.
2. Have a break. Take a bath or do whatever makes you happy. Go to a movie or rent a funny video.
3. Find a friend. Do not be alone with your thoughts. Find some you trust. If you cannot find anyone you may email me at mail firstname.lastname@example.org . A graduated counsellor will help.
4. Write feelings in a book. This helps to confront your negative thoughts. You can look at them and challenge yourself to find an opposite or positive side. Write down how you would like to feel.