Best Selling Author and Motivational Speaker, Gabrielle Bernstein, shares a great 3-step method on how to deal with anxiety or with any negative thought. She advises to:
- Notice the fearful thought
- Forgive the thought
- Proactively choose a better-feeling thought
This reminds me of an Improv game I used to play, called “new choice”. It’s a way to flex your imagination muscle by first saying a funny line, and then a coach shouts “new choice!” so you immediately say something totally different, which creates a hilarious Improv scene. Let’s flex our imagination muscles. When a negative, scary, anxious thought comes through, let’s try a “new choice” and see what happens. After all, they are all just thoughts. So we might as well allow more positive, better-feeling ones to entertain.