2. Practice witnessing your thoughts to recognize when your brain may be trying to con you.
The more you witness, the more control you can begin to gain over your thoughts.
3. Think intentionally.
When you recognize the con, immediately quiet your thoughts and correct the errors. Reframe your thoughts from the negative con to something more growth-oriented.
4. Purposefully engage in self-compassion activities.
By actively engaging in self-compassion, you will be able to practice reframing your brain’s cons.
It may be hard to initially learn to recognize when your brain is lying to you. Likewise, it can be tough to teach your children about the brain’s cons. But taking the time to learn about your personal cons and practicing your reframing skills will allow you to help your children do the same.
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Written By Christine Fonseca Originally Appeared In Psychology Today