When you shift your attention from your negative feelings or thoughts, you break that pattern. When you turn it into a cartoon, you take away its pessimistic power and turn it into something lighthearted and funny.
Jump and yell.
The next time you feel yourself spiraling into a negative feeling or thinking pattern, jump up and yell something silly. Shift your attention and break free of that limiting pattern.
Turn it into a cartoon.
Picture a bothersome situation in your mind, one that has caused you to slide into your negative pattern before. Now, turn it into a cartoon. Give the characters funny ears or rainbow-colored skin. Watch it in fast motion and slow motion.