Step on your ANTs - Automatic Negative Thoughts
Step on your ANTs - i.e. your Automatic Negative Thoughts. When you have an automatic negative thought, such as, 'I will make a fool of myself at this conference' or 'there is no point me doing this as I will fail and others will laugh at me'. Stop. Think "what would a good friend say to you", and be that good friend to your automatic negative thoughts. Every time you have a negative thought be that good friend. The more you do it, the more the negative thoughts will disappear.
What You'll Need
What You'll Do
- every time you have a negative thoughts be your own good friend
Tips & Warnings
- Try and do this with a friend first whereby you write down your fears about your low-confidence, and they pretend to be you and you practise on them being a good friend to yourself.
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