Often when something bad happens, or we get into a funk, that’s all we can think about. It can be difficult to get out of the negative cycle. This tends to happen because we frame things in a negative way.

Don’t think about pink elephants.

The problem with the command ‘Don’t think about pink elephants’ is that within it is the command ‘think about pink elephants’.

Still thinking about pink elephants?

A great way to get out of a negative cycle is to frame it positively. Instead of telling yourself what you shouldn’t be doing, tell yourself what you should be doing. It’s a simple re-direct that can help snap you out of a negative cycle.

What are your thoughts on blue koalas?

Pictured: blue koala

Instead of wanting to not be stressed, think about how to be more calm. If you don’t want to be so temperamental, focus on how to be more balanced. If you don’t want to be so tired, think about ways to become more energized. It’s always better to focus on solutions rather than problems.

Let me know situations where framing things positively have helped you.