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Stress Management Tip: Reframing

Reframing is a mental strategy to overcome the distress of negative or disappointing events. Reframing starts with a key question: What good thing can come from this undesirable event? The goal is to change the way you think about and view undesirable situations. For example, if you don’t get the job or promotion, what good thing or positive outcome of not being chosen might now exist? Reframing works because it changes images in your mind, and these direct your feelings and sensations. Reframing builds personal resilience to disappointment, and it’s a teachable skill. Reframing is used unconsciously by everyone, but purposely employed, it will get you out of pain faster. It is especially useful for children to learn the strategy.

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Keith Stein | 9/24/2020

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