Have you ever had a situation in life that just weighed constantly on your mind? No matter what you did- that situation just seemed to constantly float through your thoughts- while simultaneously raising your anxiety levels. It can seem like there’s no way to escape those constant worries. Just like the Energizer Bunny, they can keep going and going and going.
There’s a solution. It’s the best trick counselors and therapists use with their clients, and it’s one of the best secrets to surviving in life.
Reframing. Let me explain…
Have you ever had a photo in a frame on the coffee table that had always been there? The frame was dusty and while the photo was one of your favorites, it just didn’t seem to go with that frame. Yes, the frame was beautiful. But there was something just off about it.Then one day, you were browsing in a store and found a frame that was perfect for that picture. And sure enough, when you changed out the frames, it was absolutely amazing.
That, my friend, is reframing. Sometimes in life, you have to change the frame that you look at the world through. So when your two year old is throwing a temper tantrum in the floor in the grocery store, reframing reminds you that being stubborn means he’ll stick to his dreams. No worries about him giving up!
When you find yourself underemployed, reframing allows you to remember all of those things that you so wanted to do instead on all of those rainy Monday mornings in the past.
You may have to push yourself some days to look at your worries differently. But, once you do find that way to look at those situations differently, suddenly everything else slides into focus. That’s when good things can often start happening: you’ve freed yourself from the prison of those worries.
Start framing life differently and see how you start to look at your worries from a new frame of reference!