ABC Mindfulness is a simple trick to help reduce negative thoughts. It’s great for kids but honestly works well for adults too. It goes as Follows:
1. Pick a general topic such as Movies, Sports, History.
2. Start with A and go through the entire alphabet looking for words that begin each letter in order that have to do with the topic of your choice. After you’ve done it a few times try more specific topics like Football or Chicago Bears.
Remember: The goal of this isn't to necessarily succeed and get from A to Z, but to stop your negative thinking by thinking about something benign. I find it most helpful when I actually get stuck for a few minutes on one letter. That means I'm thinking about the game and not the negative anxious thoughts I was a few minutes ago.
Back to the Future,
The Dark Knight
The Empire Strikes Back
North by Northwest
V for Vendetta
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?