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Manage Your Thoughts: Flexible Thinking

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Hannah Castillo
Mental Health Counselor
Flexible thinking is the ability to shift your thinking in response to new circumstances. It is the ability to view the situation from another perspective. Working to improve your flexible thinking can help you to be more accepting and feel less distressed or upset.
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Flexible thinking
I realized thru listening to this meditation- that when I’m feeling stuck/overwhelmed - i sometimes take out the frustration of my stuck-ness/feelings of being overwhelmed - on those that are trying to support me. This is something i am working to change - & actively working on - since i know that stress is my enemy - especially w my MS diagnosis & the anxiety the symptoms bring on top of other life stressors. & especially knowing processing stressful situations was never something i was good at.
Nice concept
I think this has to be practiced more and more. Nice if one can find a program on this subject Like a 20 or 30 program
Survival of the adaptable
In life I’ve learned that rigid and stubborn thinking can lead to negative outcomes. When we adapt to our environment and learn new ways of thinking through others, we gain a better understanding of the world around us. Being adaptable also allows us to experience empathy for one another. When I begin to practice being pliable, like the rubber band, I can begin to understand other people’s perspectives and points of view.
I learned that being flexible shows I’m creative and resilient. Thin about how someone else may approach the same issue and consider it.
I immediately grasped the two examples
I don’t want to think I am rigid intolerant fixed in my opinions but I am and it is well to be introduced to the subject and play with it look at it immerse myself. I’m going to listen again
Rubber Band
I learned that I am 100% the Crayon. I surely miss being able to see a therapist. I miss it a lot. I once had this amazing therapist who was good at reframing thoughts. I remember during one particular session I mentioned to her that after I left that “I have to go get a birthday card for someone.” She immediately stopped me and said instead of saying “you have to” try changing it to “I want to go get a birthday card.” I will always carry this with me forever.