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.

 

Example:

Topic: Movies

 

Annie Hall,

Back to the Future,

Casablanca

The Dark Knight

The Empire Strikes Back

Fargo

The Godfather

Happy Gilmore

Inception

Jaws

King Ralph

Love Actually

Memento

North by Northwest

Ordinary People

Pulp Fiction

The Queen

Rear Window

Star Wars

Toy Story

Up

V for Vendetta

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?

X-Men

Young Frankenstein

Zorro

ABC Mindfulness