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Wrong Way Strategy; My Holiday Gift to You

Use this simple and effective tool to immediately stop

anxiety and replace it with peace and joy.

Webster’s dictionary defines anxiety as: A state of uneasiness and apprehension, as about future uncertainties. A state of apprehension, uncertainty, and fear resulting from the anticipation of a realistic or fantasized threatening event or situation, often impairing physical and psychological functioning.

In other words - worry. Worry is imagining the future or the past in its worst-case terms. To learn more, read my previous article, “Living and Coping with Anxiety”.


I’ve used this helpful tool for years and now the amount of time my mind spends on worry and fearful projections has reduced considerably. This “Wrong Way” strategy can be used to immediately change the direction of your thoughts. Consistent use will actually reprogram the default thought patterns from fear (worry and self criticism) to love (gratitude and life affirming).

  1. When you find yourself in a negative thought pattern; in your minds eye visualize a freeway WRONG WAY sign. That will stop that train of thoughts in their tracks.

  2. That creates a void for a moment – no thought.

  3. Pro-actively think of something you are grateful about or an approving thought of yourself. Keep it simple and authentic. This is important.

This only takes 5 seconds! You may find yourself doing this every 30 seconds at first. Gradually the time spent in gratitude stretches longer and the anxiety will stop controlling your thoughts.


If you or someone you know needs or wants support with an over-active mind or anxiety, Christine can help. Click the button to ask a question or schedule an appointment.

If you found this article helpful, please share with others.

Christine Ryan, Sedona, AZ

ICP Certified Life Coach.

Certified Spiritual Response Therapy Practitioner

Conscious Connective Breathwork Practitioner

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