Postive what-if thoughts lead to joyful possibilities

The Positive What-if Thought

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Positive what-if thoughts are the very opposite of catastrophic thoughts. What if people find something positive in me that they both like and respect? What if my boss sees my progress, my dedication, and loves my work? What if I grew as a person, not in spite of setbacks, but because of them? What if I decide to set aside my insecurities, so that they no longer limit me?
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Attributions

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positive affirmations for anxiety

Affirmations for Anxiety

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Affirmations replace negative thoughts with positive ones. Why? If your thoughts are negative, then the world is negative. To change your feelings, you should change your thoughts and beliefs. Have and BELIEVE positive thoughts and positive feelings will follow.
agoraphobia symptoms

Agoraphobia Symptoms and Treatment

Agoraphobia represents a fear of situations where feelings of entrapment, helplessness, or embarrassment might arise. The person avoids such situations. Agoraphobia may develop secondary to panic disorder. The person may be completely housebound or travel outside the home only with their "safe person."
anxiety as a paraside

Anxiety Symptoms as a Parasite

Every living thing wants to survive and reproduce. So does anxiety. Anxiety can be thought of as a parasite that finds an area of vulnerability and burrows in. Like every parasite, anxiety’s survival comes at the expense of the host. Typically, you'll notice anxiety symptoms in connection with some area of insecurity, perhaps your health, your relationships, your finances, or your work.
gratitude expands attention and treats anxiety

Gratitude Treats Anxiety

Gratitude is a feeling of appreciation or thankfulness experienced after receiving kindness or generosity. Most clients seeking therapy for anxiety disorders arrive with little sense of gratitude. They just want their anxiety, their panic attacks, their worries, their depression, to go away. And who could blame them. In the face of overwhelming negative emotions, reacting to the positives of life doesn’t seem nearly as important as avoiding the next panic attack, for example, or being able to sleep despite an onslaught of worries. 

You are NOT your Thoughts, so why be Afraid of Them?

When you meditate regularly, you realize that thoughts and feelings are always percolating up. They rise into the theatre of awareness, with no necessary logical order, then subside, connected by the loosest associations. You need not take your thoughts seriously. Let’s say someone knocked on your door. Would you drop everything, run to the door, fling it open, grab them by the collar, and hurl them into the living room? Absolutely not. But that's exactly what most people do with anxiety.

How does Mindfulness Meditation Imply Acceptance?

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Mindfulness meditation implies acceptance. During meditation, you might free associate to any number of memories, each raising up into the theatre of awareness to momentarily occupy center stage, then subside again. Whatever occurs, try to greet the stream of consciousness with nonjudgmental acceptance. Practice being okay with what happens inside of you is excellent practice for being okay with what occurs in the world. When you do notice judgments, pull back and just observe. Do not judge your judgements.

The Observing Mind versus the Thinking Mind

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We usually assume that all our experiences are real—a state of “cognitive fusion.” But experience is the product of stories we tell ourselves, like “I’m too fat” or “I’m ugly" or "I'm a failure." Such stories are a lens that creates reality. Appreciating our stories as stories softens up our conviction and allows us to question these stories and make more healthy interpretations.
lucid dreaming treats nightmares

Lucid Dreaming as a Treatment for Nightmares

Lucid dreaming is the art of being conscious during a dream. Nightmares are especially common for clients who have anxiety disorders. Nightmares may be viewed as catastrophic scenarios unfolding in the dream state. Lucid dreaming involves setting up signals which, once observed, make us ask the question, "Am I dreaming?" Once lucid, you may then change the dream.