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    7 Small Words And Phrases That Make A Big Impact On My Mental Health

    Don't call something a "problem" — call it a "challenge."

    Thanks to therapy — and plenty of time spent monitoring my negative thinking — I've learned some small but significant ways to shift my language and improve my mental health.

    Here are some of the most effective changes I've made:

    1. Say "I get to" instead of "I have to."

    2. Remove "should" from your vocabulary.

    3. Ask "what if it works out?" instead of "what if it doesn't?"

    4. Swap "but" with "and."

    5. Don't call something a "problem" — call it a "challenge."

    6. Don't just say "I hope" — make a strategy.

    7. And secretly wish for someone to be happy.

    If you need to talk to someone immediately, you can reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and or the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741. Suicide helplines outside the US can be found here.