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There is a good reason why many of us may use a thought stopping worksheet to block or stop our thoughts. Most people are looking for a solution to deal with repetitive thoughts that activate distressing feelings.

We can divert ourselves from distressing thoughts by using a thought stopping worksheet.

The key to preventing cycles of distressing thoughts lies in how we choose to react to them when they reach conscious awareness. The more distressed we feel, the harder it is to a) suppress distressing thoughts and b) stop playing around with them.

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Free thought stopping worksheetFree thought stopping worksheet

There is a good reason why many of us may use a thought stopping worksheet to block or stop our thoughts. Most people are looking for a solution to deal with repetitive thoughts that activate distressing feelings.

We can divert ourselves from distressing thoughts by using a thought stopping worksheet.

The key to preventing cycles of distressing thoughts lies in how we choose to react to them when they reach conscious awareness. The more distressed we feel, the harder it is to a) suppress distressing thoughts and b) stop playing around with them.

Breaking thought cycles

Auditory looping systems recycle negative thoughts just like a screen saver rotates an image on a computer monitor. The key to breaking repetitive thought cycles is to stand back from them and observe them. Once we take a position of observation we are already beginning to detach, (see CBT Worksheets).

The benefits of using a thought stopping worksheet

Using a thought stopping worksheet can help in several ways, (see CBT Worksheets).

1. Writing down thoughts encourages a position of observation. Observation increases detachment from thoughts.
2. Writing down thoughts allows thoughts that are located slightly outside conscious awareness to be become accessible. These thoughts may be driving distressing thoughts.
3. Writing down thoughts forces the use of more developed areas of the brain (neocortex). The neocortex is less affected by emotions.
4. Writing down thoughts can work to increase the flow of thoughts and can assist in emotional processing of distressing events.
5. Looking at thoughts after they have been written down allows us to take a different perspective on our thoughts.
6. Once thoughts have been written down we can challenge them if we wish using thought challenging worksheets.
7. Writing down thoughts puts less strain on working memory (often affected by distressing emotions). It puts much less strain on working memory to read thoughts that are in front of us compared with holding thoughts in awareness and observing them at the same time.

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