How to Stop Negative Thinking

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So many people wish they had a way to stop their mind from racing with thoughts.  In this article and audio that goes with it,

you’ll get a number of tips on tools that you can use stop thoughts that cause stress, embarrassment, anger and self-doubt.

 
Question : What do I do when I start to feel negative thoughts or start feeling down?   How do I get out of that mindset and start thinking positive? A lot of people say to think positive thoughts, etc but if it were that easy wouldn’t everyone just do that?  Any suggestions would be appreciated.
 
Click on the link below, to hear a more about using your mind in a more positive way.

 
What you can do to pull yourself out of the negative mindset.
1. Pick one specific situation where you are have negative thoughts
2. Notice the feeling you get after you have a negative thought
3.  Notice where in your body you get the feeling that comes with negative thoughts.
4. Listen to the negative thought, and ask yourself ” I wonder what this feeling is about”
Mistake people make is when they say “Why am I feeling this way”
5 Negative thoughts are of different types:
a. Thoughts that tear down our self-confidence
b. Thoughts that are conversations we would have with someone who hurt us.
c. Thoughts of revenge after someone made you angry
d. Thoughts that grow, the first thought lead to the next thought.  You then react as if the 1st negative is true, and that leads
to more anger or upset.  It is typically the circular movement of the thoughts that continue to expand until you’ve created a whole
circle of more and more upset.
 
6.  There are many different tools that can be used to get relief from negative thoughts.
The 3 primary types of tools are:
a.   Cognitive tools – for example the –  2 for 1 technique
b.   Physical body-mind tools –  Changing the breathing pattern
c.   Emotional clearing tools – Tracking the feeling back to the root, to the first time you ever felt that way.
This is a hypnotic technique and it is the one that I have found makes the most difference.  Because when you change it at the root, you
are clearing out the emotions, the limiting beliefs and the old triggers.
 
Under each type of tool there are 20 or more different techniques that can be used.  Click here for an overview.
 

The Purpose of Worry

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Audrey Sussman PhD works with successful people who get stressed, procrastinate or feel overwhelmed.   She helps them to transform the inner-critic that causes anxiety, procrastination and worry, into a positive life enhancing guidance system that automatically triggers calm, creativity and motivation needed to move forward with ease.

Click  below to watch the video on ways to stop worry.  If you enjoy writing join us for the next retreat go to: writeyourscreenplay.com/retreats

This was taken in Costa Rica where Audrey Sussman PhD goes each year to give Screen Writers new ways to increase focus and flow that enhances their inner potential.  In the clip we are discussing how to stop procrastination by releasing blocks that limit potential.

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1. Calm a racing mind in just seconds, without medication? 

2. Give you the blueprint for setting any goal, so you can’t help but achieve it?

3. Learn how to re-program your own unconscious so you no longer feel stuck, procrastinate, or have worry that drains your energy?

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Taking the leap. Tips for achieving any goal.

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Many times people get stuck and feel frustrated when they procrastinate or just don’t move forward on goals that are important to them.   The video below gives some easy to follow tips about setting yourself up for the most powerful feelings,  ones that will propel you easily towards your goals.

Audrey Sussman PhD works with successful people who get stressed, procrastinate or feel overwhelmed.   She helps them to transform the inner-critic that causes anxiety, procrastination and worry, into a positive life enhancing guidance system that automatically triggers calm, creativity and motivation needed to move forward with ease.

Of course, there is a lot more that might need to be done. Things that might also need to be released are  limiting beliefs, negative self-talk and  triggers that cause fear and worry.  Yet, I do believe that the first steps given in the video provide some good ideas and start you on the path. Moving from procrastination and fear to joyfully taking the next steps till you reach your goal.

As you will see as you watch the video it is taken while on the beach. And you can hear the waves breaking in the background as I talk about taking the leap toward goals.  I guess you can say I took a leap when I did the video. Because it was important to me to get my ideas for moving ahead on goals into  a helpful video, I just jumped in and said what was on my mind.  No script, not dressed in my normal NYC office hypnotherapist attire.   I took the leap thinking that the content and message was what was more  important than having a perfectly scripted video.

An while I’m talking about taking the leap, I guess I’d like to let you know more about me.  Those who follow my blog know me for my anxiety relief programs.  Yet, there is so much more to who I am and one of the things that is so exciting about being a hypnotherapist is that each year I get to work with the most amazing, creative Screen Writers .  They come from all over the world to this life changing retreat in Costa Rica.  The write, take workshops with two amazing teachers from Jacob Krueger Studio and take the steps of getting their movies written and made while attending this retreat.

.It is a magical time and I am so very honored to be invited to be a part of the experience.  I get to show these amazing people how to get past blocks, how to create the best state for creativity and then to watch as they find their ability and creativity easily flowing.    If you want more information on this retreat click here. It happens in June so if you are a writer and want to have an experience that is totally awesome, come join us and get motivated and freed to do your best work.

And now, if you are ready to learn how to easily take the leap to your own potential click here to watch the video guide.

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Get Free From IBS, Colitis or Crohn’s

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Getting Relief from IBS, Colitis and Crohn’s is possible.  Audio tips for the relief of pain, worry and embarrassment of IBS and gut distress. I’ve created an audio series and will be adding them in the next few weeks.  Stay tuned for tips, discussion and ideas on how to break free from IBS, Colitis, Crohn’s and gut distress.

Each audio can be listened to in just 5 – 10 minutes. I’ll pack in some of the things that I have done with my clients that have helped to get lasting relief.  This is so much more than just managing to live with symptoms. It is possible to have a life without worrying about when the next gut symptom will hit.  I’ve been helping professionals for over 15 years and have a 98% success rate including those who had tried many other things before they found me..  If you are suffering with irritable bowel, Crohn’s or colitis, listen-in and learn about this amazing 3-part system that has help people to get free to eliminate pain, stop urgency and embarrassment, and have the tools to continue to stay symptom-free. And all without medication.  

If you are ready for change now, sign up for a complimentary consultation. You’ll come away know the steps to take, and have an understanding of how the process works.   Send your contact information and with some days / times  and I’ll do my best to fit you in for a 20 minute consultation.   

The link below will take you to the first in the audio series about relief from IBS, Crohn’s and Colitis.  Click here for the audio

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The Shut Off Switch That Stops Fear and Worry

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Have you ever wished you had a shut-off switch that stops worry, anxiety and fear from churning in your mind and body?  In this article we’ll discuss some tools you can use to stop thoughts and images, that trigger worry and anxiety. And, when you learn how to use these tools it’s like having an automatic shut-off switch that stops fear in its tracks.

There are 3 steps needed to stop the mind from spiraling out of control with worry, anxiety and fear. The circle of change diagram gives an overview the three primary ways.

Some tools to stop worry, anxiety and fear are conscious mind techniques. These are easy to learn on your own, and we begin with them because they will give you a quick way to start. Although not the complete answer they do put you back in control of your own mind.

There is even a self-hypnotic technique where you touch of two fingers together to have instant calm. This is great when you need a clear, focused mind for doing new things.   As you add more tools to your toolbox of skills you can pick the ones you like best and combine them, for motivation and passion.

Yes, it is also possible to change the underlying programming that has been triggering fear, worry and anxiety. When you add these to the beginning set of tools it’s like putting the shut-off switch on automatic. At the end of the article I’ll tell you how get more information on combining all three methods.

So let’s begin beginning with the primary set of tools.  Then as you get more experience with creating magic on the mind-body level we can add intermediate and advanced tool to get the mind and body working together in harmony.

So what is going on when the mind spirals out of control?

There you are sitting in your living room, watching TV, reading a book or relaxing, when out of the blue you are feeling anxious. You might wonder why you are feeling agitated. It might seem like nothing is going on yet, your body is not feeling right. Perhaps if you are aware of body signals you’ve already noticed that your heart is beating faster than usual. Or it might be you notice a tightness in your stomach, or it’s just an uneasy feeling –something feels unsettled.

The beginning steps:
1. Stop for a moment, take a breath, think back.
2. Think about what was going through your mind a few moments before your body reacted.
3. What was happening in your environment, what was happening on TV.
4. Begin to recall any thoughts that were going through your mind, a few moments before your body reacted.
5. TIP: Sometimes thoughts move so fast that you won’t notice then in the moment. So take a moment to pause and look back to find them.

What happens before the mind racing downward spiral?
As you think back you’ll begin to realize that there was either an image or a thought that starts the anxiety, fear, body reaction cycle.  And once the mind starts racing, the negative thoughts build, one on top of another. The mind works so fast, you didn’t realize you were creating pictures of all the terrible things that might happen.

Thoughts that create worry are not typically about something happening in the present moment.  Read More in the next article . . .

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Stop Anxiety, Worry and Fear

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In the previous article we discussed ways of calming the mind. You learned how to notice where in the body you are stuffing emotions and got tips to begin to release them.  This is the next step in getting relief from worry, anxiety and fear.

 Anxiety, fear and worry get triggered in
Two primary ways

1) Past Events:  Remembering upsetting situations that already happened. Sometimes we are aware of these memories and worry that the feared situation might occur again. (this is typical with social phobia, we we worry what others might think, or in fear of flying after having a scary flight)

At other times we aren’t aware that the old fearful memories are being triggered, we just know we are flooded with worry and anxiety. (I had a client that was embarrassed in 4th grade when her teacher made her stand in front of the room as a punishment for talking. She didn’t realize that this was the root of her fear of talking in public, until we tracked the fear back using hypnosis.)

2) Upcoming Feared Events:  Thinking about awful things that might possibly happen in the future.  (what if phrases usually proceed these types of thoughts.  Many worries are triggered by the the scenarios we create of possible negative things that might happen in the future:  Fear of flying, test taking, driving,  are some of the 

Your Thoughts Stimulate Reactions

Whenever you concentrate on the multitude of possible scary scenarios that might come about in the future, the unconscious part of the mind acts as if they are already taking place. One of the interesting things about the unconscious mind is that it accepts your thoughts, pictures and memories as if they are real. Then the unconscious part begins to flood you with the chemicals, these further trigger feelings of worry, sadness, overwhelm, fear and insecurity. Thoughts can even create pain in the body, even when you are completely unaware of them.

The good news is that you can get relief by learning to change thought patterns that bring them about.

Whenever you find yourself stuck or indecisive, whenever you’re beating yourself up for procrastination, whenever you find yourself stuck in worry practice using the next two tools to break the cycle.

Tool one: Changing one simple word (or sentence):

I was working with a client and she told me that she was so anxious that she couldn’t even make a decision on what food to she wanted to eat. She was running a real negative conversation in her head about how she wasn’t able to make decisions. I asked her to change her words from I can’t make a decision to I choose not to make a decision, on what food I want to eat. She said that felt uncomfortable saying it that way. And I’m sure it did feel uncomfortable saying she was choosing not to make a decision. The positive about saying I choose is that it put her at cause. Since she is choosing (not to make a decision) she can also change her choices. 

Not being at cause makes you feel like something else is controlling you, and that adds to self-blame and anxiety. So as difficult as it is to say, I’m choosing (to think of negatives, to procrastinate, to worry) it puts you at a power position of choosing or not choosing, you’re back control.

Tool Two:
Step 1. Being at cause – by saying I choose . . .

Step 2. The second step after being at cause is to say to yourself:
That’s curious that I’m choosing not to make a decision.
I wonder what that’s about?

When my client used step two and focused inward with the question, it amazed us both when she got her answer: The reason she wasn’t making a decision on what to eat was that she really wasn’t hungry, she was bored. After getting that information she can now see that it wasn’t that she was stuck and not able to make decisions (about food), it was that she needed to find something else to do so she would feel productive.

Next article: More Techniques to stop anxiety worry and fear

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7 step formula for changing negative mantras 2

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Continuation for yesterdays post: Creating the state of mind your desire.

I welcome your feedback and questions, and will write more on the specific question you send.  To contact Audrey with your questions click here.

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The formula for Life Changing Mantras

The formula for Life Changing Mantras

As I was writing this article I realized that it is important for me to share some more information on the power of using your own mind. So, before I finish with the 7 step formula for life changing mantras, I will give you what I feel are 3 Vital Secrets your need to begin to think about when creating the state of mind you desire.

Secret 1: Thoughts have vibrations, positive thoughts will attract the other positive ones. Negative thoughts will attract more negative ones.

Secret 2: What you persistently hold in your mind will become the reality as it becomes part of the workings of your unconscious mind.

Secret 3: You can tap into the unlimited potential held in the unconscious part of the mind to achieve what you desire.

Quite simply, mantras are the things we tell ourselves. For example, on the golf course if you felt annoyed because of a badly played hole, it wouldn’t be a problem if you were able to start fresh on the next hole.  But, when one negative thought leads to the next it can destroy your focus for the rest of the game.  And when it follows you after you leave the course you have a negative mantra that is playing havoc with your state of mind.  There are 7 steps you can put into play to stop this disabling habit of negative mantras.

When people think of mantras they usually think about those used in eastern religions for positive spiritual change.  And although you might not have such a fancy name for it, the chances are that you probably use positive mantras yourself, everyday.    A mantra could be what you say to yourself to get psyched up for a big meeting,  a golf tournament or going out to a social event.  Or what you tell yourself in order to stay positive when life is getting you down. When mantras are positive and constructive, they can help us enjoy our lives and achieve our goals.  But the negative things we tell ourselves can also act as mantras, leading us in an undesired direction.

Negatives mantras “playing in the back of your mind” can cause. . .   more to come tomorrow.

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Getting Relief from Worry

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The Secret To Getting Relief From Worry

You have a special gift inside of your own mind, just waiting to be opened.  It is one you can learn to use to stay in control of your state of mind, no matter what is going on around you.

This secret is what Viktor Frankl used that allowed him to survive the holocaust and maintain his mental balance.   It is what author Napoleon Hill weaves into his famous advice on achieving financial success in Think and Grow Rich.  And it is something that you have within yourself right now, like a gift, all wrapped up, waiting for you to unwrap and put into immediate use.

Anyone can learn to use this gift.  And the really amazing thing about it is, it never gets used up, because the more you use it the more powerful it becomes.

You might be wondering what is needed for you to gain access to this gift, and this is what we’ll be discussing. As director of the Anxiety Control Center I’ve been helping people to gain access in order to get relief from anxiety, worry, panic, procrastination and fear. From my years of research and practice, I have found that there are three parts needed to totally use this gift you have within.   In this article you’ll get step-by-step directions on using the first set of powerful tools for using the gift of your own mind.

As you experience gaining access I hope it peaks your curiosity to learn more.  The tools you’ll find in this, and in my other articles and books are ones that you can use right away.  There are some self-hypnotic techniques I’ll offer to help you speed up the process.  The more tools you have in your worry relief toolbox, the more choice and control you can have.

More advanced skills are for another time, we’ll start today by setting you on the path of knowing how to offer the correct signals to your brain to trigger calm, balance and serenity –  instead of worry, fear and anxiety.

Overview
So, if you’re ready to step on the path to calm, let’s get started with the first step: learning to quiet a racing mind. We start here because as your mind settles down it becomes easier to do the next steps in the process.  If you already have view this video guide just skip this step and move to the next step of breaking the worry cycle.

The end goal is to be able to trigger a powerful, positive state of mind, at will. Along the way, we’ll discuss ways to identify the internal and external triggers that cause worry and anxiety. And then I’ll offer tools you can use to change the reaction from worry to serenity. As you take each step you’ll find yourself easily moving forward, towards the state of mind you want to achieve, with the techniques to train your own mind to interpret and react to events in life enhancing ways.

STEP ONE: Click Here To View The Calming The Mind Video Guide: All the steps needed for using the mind calming technique are contained in the 7 minute video guide. Use the Calming the Mind Video  to get your mind and body ready. Once the mind is quiet we will move to the next steps.

Breaking the worry cycle
by changing  thoughts
that trigger anxiety and worry.  

In the next technique we go behind the scenes to identify bodily signals (and thoughts that add to worry).

Sometimes you might be  aware of your body sensations and scary thoughts.  But at times you might find that you are disconnected, or that your thoughts move so quickly that you aren’t aware of them.

If you have suffered from a traumatic event, at times the memory is repressed, hidden from awareness. Although they are repressed they still have an effect on the way you react to the world.  And at times these repressed traumatic memories can be triggered by something happening in the present moment.  

To make it easier to find what is triggering feeling, start by noticing the part of body where you feel the stress, worry or anxiety.

What I have found is each emotion is held in a different area of the body, and that each person has a unique place for each emotion.   For example for one person fear might feel like a churning in the stomach, for another a tightness in the chest, and for another it might feel heavy feeling all over.  Once you identify the different areas where you feel your emotions it becomes easier to identify what the emotion is really about, instead of lumping it all as fear.

If we get quiet and ask our body for information it’s amazing the informational body gives us that we can use

Some emotions to identify are fear, sadness, excitement, embarrassment, and worry.  And you can use the body awareness to get in touch with the thoughts that are trigger your feelings.

Step Two:  After using the Calming the Mind technique notice where in your body you feel the worry or tension.  If at first you aren’t sure it may be that you have pushed down this important information. With practice you can reconnect to the information your body is giving you.  Start by just stay open and curious as you do a body scan and notice if there is some place that you feel the tension, tightness, or whatever other bodily reaction.  Once you notice where in your body you feel the emotion, ask yourself when in the past you had this same type of feeling in the body.  Or you can simply begin to wonder what the body is trying to tell you.  In this way you can begin to find the thoughts that are triggering the feelings. 

Next article: Anxiety, fear and worry get triggered in
Two primary ways

A Special Offer:
There is a program I’ve designed specifically
for anyone who has been suffering with
anxiety, worry, pain and discomfort of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). 

If you have been procrastinating getting help,
I have something you’ll want to know about.

I’ve been helping people to break free of IBS, anxiety, fear and worry for many years, now I’m opening up my program to new clients.  If you want to get relief without medication sign up for one of the Discovery Consultations time slots I’m offering.

This complimentary consultation is only
for people who are ready to
get free from procrastination, anxiety, worry, IBS and gut distress.

It easy to do just contact me by email
Include your name, contact information
and a few sentences about what you are struggling with.
I will get back to you to schedule a session.
Please note that I only take on 2 new clients a month,
so call now, and we’ll see if it’s a good fit for us to work together.

On the subject line put:  I’d like a Discovery Consultation

1) Past Events:  Remembering upsetting situations that already happened. Sometimes we are aware of these memories and worry that the feared situation might occur again. (this is typical with social phobia, we we worry what others might think, or in fear of flying after having a scary flight)

At other times we aren’t aware that the old fearful memories are being triggered, we just know we are flooded with worry and anxiety. (I had a client that was embarrassed in 4th grade when her teacher made her stand in front of the room as a punishment for talking. She didn’t realize that this was the root of her fear of talking in public, until we tracked the fear back using hypnosis.)

2) Upcoming Feared Events:  Thinking about awful things that might possibly happen in the future.  (what if phrases usually proceed these types of thoughts.  Many worries are triggered by the the scenarios we create of possible negative things that might happen in the future:  Fear of flying, test taking, driving,  are some of the 

Your Thoughts Stimulate Reactions

Whenever you concentrate on the multitude of possible scary scenarios that might come about in the future, the unconscious part of the mind acts as if they are already taking place. One of the interesting things about the unconscious mind is that it accepts your thoughts, pictures and memories as if they are real. Then the unconscious part begins to flood you with the chemicals, these further trigger feelings of worry, sadness, overwhelm, fear and insecurity. Thoughts can even create pain in the body, even when you are completely unaware of them.

The good news is that you can get relief by learning to change thought patterns that bring them about.

Whenever you find yourself stuck or indecisive, whenever you’re beating yourself up for procrastination, whenever you find yourself stuck in worry practice using the next two tools to break the cycle.

Tool one: Changing one simple word (or sentence):

I was working with a client and she told me that she was so anxious that she couldn’t even make a decision on what food to she wanted to eat. She was running a real negative conversation in her head about how she wasn’t able to make decisions. I asked her to change her words from I can’t make a decision to I choose not to make a decision, on what food I want to eat. She said that felt uncomfortable saying it that way. And I’m sure it did feel uncomfortable saying she was choosing not to make a decision. The positive about saying I choose is that it put her at cause. Since she is choosing (not to make a decision) she can also change her choices. 

Not being at cause makes you feel like something else is controlling you, and that adds to self-blame and anxiety. So as difficult as it is to say, I’m choosing (to think of negatives, to procrastinate, to worry) it puts you at a power position of choosing or not choosing, you’re back control.

Tool Two:
Step 1. Being at cause – by saying I choose . . .

Step 2. The second step after being at cause is to say to yourself:
That’s curious, that I’m choosing not to make a decision. I wonder what that’s about?

When my client used step two and focused inward with the question, it amazed us both when she got her answer: The reason she wasn’t making a decision on what to eat was that she really wasn’t hungry, she was bored. After getting that information she can now see that it wasn’t that she was stuck and not able to make decisions (about food), it was that she needed to find something else to do so she would feel productive.

Techniques to get relief from
worry, anxiety and fear

The stress-fear-worry cycle actually has three different parts.
a. Thoughts (cognitions)
b. Physical (bodily and chemical reactions)
c. Emotions (triggered by thoughts or body)

And there are tools that you can choose from according to what part of the worry cycle is being stimulated. Click here to view the diagram that shows many different tools that you can choose from.

Just as when a house is built it starts with setting the foundation. When we work with the mind we set the foundation as well. What you are learning today will give you some framework to work within. Then in the final part, we can move to change the faulty inner programs, stuffed emotions and limiting beliefs that are running, behind the scenes, triggering your thoughts, perceptions and reactions.

Moving to the next part: I’m going to ask you to take a moment to think about some important ideas about the mind-body connection, as it relates to stress relief.

We’ll start with the concept that there are actually two parts that make up the mind-body connection. There are there parts that you are aware of, we’ll call the conscious part of the mind. The conscious part of the mind includes your thoughts, logic, perceptions and interpretations about what is going on in any event.

And the other part, the one that works behind the scenes we’ll call the unconscious (or subconscious) part. You know that there is an unconscious part running because it keeps your heart beating without any work on your part.  Get keeps your body working, and it sends the signals for all the chemicals that move through your system.  It’s responsible for digestion, breathing, and healing of wounds. All taking place without any conscious effort on your part.  And the unconscious part is responsible for so much more:  it stores all your memories, happy ones as well as traumatic ones.  And it has many programs that run in the  background that keep you in a serene and balanced state or that that cause you to react in your own unique way.

It’s important to recognize this part of the mind, because it is the part we go to when we want to re-program unwanted reactions. When I teach my clients how to access the unconscious the bonus they get is being able to tap into resources, such as power, self-confidence, serenity. Imagine uncovering a treasure trove of resources within your self, ones can be used to overcome fear, shyness, and limiting beliefs. And it’s all there just waiting for you.

When you used the Calming the Mind Exercise you were actually setting the stage for gaining access to the unconscious part. This tool gives the easiest way to create a light hypnotic trance that is needed to calm the mind and to focus inward. As you experienced, getting into an inner-focused self-hypnotic state is to easy to do on your own. My other books and articles discuss more advanced techniques.

The importance of learning to get into an inner focused state of mind (trance state) is that this is where it is possible to identify and correct faulty programs that trigger fear, anxiety, worry and unwanted reactions. The unconscious part also responds to your thoughts and this is the area that we will begin to work on.

RECAP: There are primarily three different ways of breaking the worry and stress cycle. In the next step we’ll be using a tool to stop negative thoughts. As you already know negative thinking increases stress and worry. This next tool uses a light trance state (inner focus) to first identify any negative thoughts and then a tool to break the worry cycle (on the conscious level).

Because the mind can trigger worry just by thinking of scary or unsettling things this is a good place to start for gaining control of emotions.

Breaking the worry cycle
by changing the thoughts
that trigger anxiety and worry.  

The next technique will give you a way of going behind the scenes to identify the thoughts that are causing worry.  Sometimes you are aware of your scary thoughts.  And at times thoughts move so quickly through the mind, that you aren’t aware of them. What you are aware of is the reaction in the body, and the stress in the mind.

How does anxiety, fear and worry get triggered?
Two primary ways we trigger worry
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