How to deal with uncertainty and negative self-talk

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During times of uncertainty and stress, we could have our minds set on negative thinking. Our mind is always trying to forecast the future as a way to protect us. That is why we plan and prepare for things because we like to prevent difficulties, setbacks, and frustrations.

Most of the time, our mind tends to forecast negative scenarios that will never happen. If you are worried and deeply stress about a situation that is not on your control, this negative forecasting is more frequent and more substantial.

You could be getting caught in negative self-talk that only builds more stress and doesn’t do you any good. 

Here is one proven way that you can start to use right now to disrupt your negative thinking and calm down that inner voice.

Calm down the negative inner voice

Step 1

Whenever you listen to your inner voice, asking:

What if?

Stop and don’t get caught in trying to find an answer. 

Step 2

Write down the what-if question and then close your eyes. Ask yourself, Is this thought real? How do I feel when I think this way? Write down the answer. 

Step 3

Final question, how can I turn this situation into a positive one? Find the positive side or lessons that you could learn from the unwanted result.

One quote

“It’s your reaction to adversity, not adversity itself that determines how your life’s story will develop.”

― Dieter F. Uchtdorf

One question

What valuable lesson have you learned from the uncertainty you are dealing with?

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