We could boost our immune system, improve our physical and emotional
well-being, and live a better life …if we could manage our thoughts a little better.
For most of us though … it’s the negative or unwanted thoughts that hold our attention and prevent us from enjoying experiences, distract us from focusing on what’s important, and drain our energy. And, it seems we are powerless to change this.
Here’s the good news. If you were to go to a professional therapist to help you overcome:
* substance abuse disorders
* schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders
* depression and dysthymia
* manic depression/bipolar disorder
* anxiety disorders
* eating disorders
or a host of other mental disorders, chances are they would incorporate a type of therapy into your treatment program called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is based upon the idea that our thoughts, not external events like people or situations, are actually the cause of our feelings and behaviors. When we understand that our negative thoughts are the real cause of our negative harmful feelings and behavior, we can train ourselves to replace those negative thinking patterns with thoughts that actually help us.
Call it self-care. You can practice some simple CBT techniques that can make a huge positive difference in your life. There are numerous CBT self-help books.
Or, if you’re not ready for that kind of deep dive, here’s an excellent article that gives “Seven Types of Self-Care Activities for Coping with Stress”
Please look at this, try this, and let me know how these activities work for you. I’d love your feedback.
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