If you are struggling with difficult thoughts that reinforce difficult feelings, change the “story” by consciously changing your thoughts. Try small changes in the beginning. Another story soon follows, and you get used to new emotions, and new thoughts, which in turn allow you to create better stories. Here’s an example of emotion/thought/ action which leads to a new story creation for a person who has lost a job. This can be applied in any situation where a trigger stimulates old stories, old patterns of thought and action.