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Reframing “What Ifs”

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Hannah Castillo
Mental Health Counselor
“What if” thoughts can be challenging to say the least. But playing the “what if” game rarely works. With practice, you can learn to recognize and reframe this thinking style.
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What if’s..
This game Gets us to try to predict the outcome Hard to undo this game Exhausting Style of thinking A start is to notice when the what if is there. Replace with “what is” E.g what if I mess up…. What is true is that I will continue to work to be prepared
What if to what is
I can reframe this way of thinking to the here and now. What is true…
Stop what if Use what is
I relate extremely well to what if as I have been using it since I was kid. Changing it to what is seems to be. Perfect solution to reroute my thinking
What If
Redirect my thinking and say What is true..list all the things that will prepare you for a task you’re worried about. List the things that I’ve already accomplished to prepare me and include some things that can maximize a positive outcome