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Positive thinking can improve your mood and help you keep stress in check. Here are six ways you can turn negative thoughts into positive thoughts:
1. Don’t Overgeneralize. Overgeneralization is the belief that because something happened once it will happen again.
2. Manage your Mental Filter. Using a mental filter means focusing on the negative details of a situation and ignoring the positive aspects.
3. Avoid Jumping to Conclusions. Jumping to conclusions is quickly making assumptions without all the facts.
4. Beware of Magnification. Magnification is blowing negative situations out of proportion.
5. Drop the Labels. Labeling is attaching a general label to yourself or others based on a limited amount of information.
6. Relieve yourself of Blame. Blaming is holding yourself responsible for an act you did not do or placing your pain onto others.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a type of counseling used to help you understand and change the way you think and behave. Try the following strategies on your own to increase your positive thinking:
The way you choose to think about an event in your life can influence how you feel and act. Challenge yourself to recognize and change negative thoughts as a way to improve your mood and behavior. If you or a loved one needs additional support, remember that reaching out is a sign of strength. You can contact the Psychological Health Resource Center to confidentially speak with trained health resource consultants 24/7 by calling 866-966-1020, using the Real Warriors Live Chat or emailing email@example.com.
Nice, just wish the VA would do more for our Veterans