Let’s face it. Whether you’re stressed or anxious–it’s not easy to pull out a cool strategy that your therapist or a friend taught you the other day. This is likely because your nervous system is already in flight or fight mode. Unless you take a pause, breathe, and give yourself some time to respond, you’ll remain stressed or anxious.
A coping skill always comes in handy during your most difficult times. Whether you are worried about losing your job, or the uncertainties of life, you can always take hold of specific coping thoughts that draw your attention back to the best way that you may move forward. I’d usually do this by taking out my bullet journal printable.
How to Use This Challenge Negative Thoughts Printable?
The free bullet journal printable is perfect for you to journal-specific thoughts that are most helpful to you during difficult times. You may take out your pen or pencil and simply answer the following questions. Give each question a deep thought and as many thoughts as you can.
We’re often engaged in a thought process, thinking about work, family, friends, or a made-up scenario in our heads. Thus, you can stick this planner on the wall of your room, or at the refrigerator–just so you can glimpse at it and remember coping thoughts.
Each week, pick two or three coping thoughts from the list and examine how helpful they have been in coping with stressors throughout the week. Or, pick a few stressors, and test which coping thoughts have been most helpful.
This worksheet is perfect for those who can’t pass a minute without overanalyzing, or overthinking a scenario. They often end up impacting our productivity, and social relationships. During your most difficult times, all it requires is to remind yourself of things that are actually helpful to move past the challenges.
Sally George is a Psychologist & the Editor of Gentle Meanings. She shares thought-provoking tools, asks insightful questions, and encourages her readers to be gentle with themselves.