How do you cope with automatic negative thoughts and distorted self-perception? What strategies do you use?

Fre­ja Møller
I breathe. In short a small ses­sion of active breath­ing with full aware­ness.
Ken­neth Wade
Usu­al­ly they involve my body. So I remind myself that it’s not in my con­trol, there­fore all this wor­ry­ing is not just fruit­less but detri­men­tal towards my men­tal health. I try and reori­ent myself on to the things that I’m good at and the things that I can con­trol. Some­times if it’s just anx­i­ety about doing some­thing, I just suck it up and do it. Once I force myself into that moment it’s kin­da hard to stop me from quit­ing. It works for me.
Quei­ja Mor­eira
Try to sort through my thoughts and clear my mind. Med­i­ta­tion and music are huge helpers as long as I can cre­ate that space with­in my mind. I always feel so much bet­ter after being pro­duc­tive, prayer, and plan­ner
Ava Legrand
Depends on my state of mind. The most effec­tive is the 5, 7 , 8 breath breath in for 5 hold for 7 breathe out for 8 and repeat 3 times.
Anoth­er method if able to catch myself is either to men­tal­ly ask or bet­ter still write the ques­tion is this the truth then whether your con­scious mind believes it write cap­i­tal let­ter NO and the write a pos­i­tive state­ment the oppo­site to your prob­lem thought and say it aloud if you can!
Louisa Roux
Neg­a­tive thoughts tend to take the toll, but I know they’re just thoughts and I am not my thoughts.
Col­in Beck
I was taught by my psy­chol­o­gist to treat my thoughts as leaves on a stream. Acknowl­edge them with an atti­tude of curios­i­ty, because deny­ing them just makes them stronger, and then let them float away. When­ev­er you get hooked by a par­tic­u­lar­ly neg­a­tive thought or feel­ing, acknowl­edge that and then be com­pas­sion­ate to your­self. Let those thoughts float down­stream as soon as you real­ize you have been hooked. Remem­ber that this hap­pens to every­one, even to the most skilled prac­ti­tion­ers of med­i­ta­tion. Be kind to your­self, I know you can make it through ❤
Gabrielle Gar­cia
I’ve start­ed car­ry­ing around a tiny jour­nal where every time I need a reset, I write myself a lit­tle love note. I basi­cal­ly talk to myself like some­one might talk to their pup­py, lov­ing­ly dis­miss­ing the neg­a­tive thoughts. (“ooohh, sweet­ie, are you hav­ing a hard time? whatcha doin? you sweet girl, you don’t need to be sad about that! sil­ly girl, what are you gonna
go do to cheer up, huh?”) Maybe a lit­tle patron­iz­ing-seem­ing to an out­sider, but the gen­tle­ness from the self love soothes me