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A new idea of dealing with negative thoughts
April 1, 2006
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I call it "thought dumbells". Its just like physical exercise.

I think of a negative situation and let myself feel the anxiety, fear, pessimism, feelings of inadequacy. Then I make the effort to think positively and feel myself relax.

Do repeated sets of these "thought dumbells" and we can improve our ability to quickly and effectively bring ourselves out of our mental agony.

All mental suffering is caused by our inability to get ourselves out of any mental anguish we may be facing. The "stronger" our mental muscles are, the more able we are to pull ourselves out of distress.

"Thought dumbells", an interesting idea. Any inputs?

April 1, 2006
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This sounds like a very good idea.

This could work. Practise makes perfect.

WOW I am going to try this.

Thanks for sharing

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April 1, 2006
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You know this can really be good. There can be different "exercises" - depression over certain things, social anxiety, this and that.. lots of things.

We hold onto the negative thoughts, let ourselves real bad. And then make the effort to feel good - wait until you feel good and hold it there. Thats one "rep", in exercise terms.

I'm still thinking about it, its tentative.

Someone give me more input and feedback. I really feel this is a good way. No one has thought of this way before! yay. Isnt this innovative? I think it is, I've never heard of it.

Is it possible to do? Would it work for the long term? Good questions there.

April 1, 2006
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"We hold onto the negative thoughts, let ourselves real bad. And then make the effort to feel good - wait until you feel good and hold it there"

For me it's easy to go into the negative, but what if I do not get out of it.

I will have to try this. If I can think of something bad say :mother: and I can get myself out of it, I would be able to do this when reallty comes in and I have to do it for real.

That would be of great help to me.

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April 1, 2006
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As you do the "Reps" more and more, it would make your mental muscles stronger. Yea, if we're weak and we are often, its difficult to do the "rep". But it gets better with practice.

Well, anyone else have input on this innovative idea of mine? I'm fearing I'll be too lazy to put it into practice. I know it makes a lot of sense.

A whole "course" could be written about it. How to start doing the reps in little steps etc and progress onto more difficult issues.

A friend today shared with me that, people who have fears of spiders are told to do imagine the spider and then dealing with the feelings there before they try anything in the real world. its kind of like that.

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