Our thoughts control how we feel about ourselves and the world around us. Positive thoughts lead us to feeling good and negative thoughts lead us down dark paths that can result in self sabotage, upset, worry and anxiety.
Sometimes our thoughts happen so fast that we don’t even notice we have them. Some of our thinking stems from patterns created over a lifetime of experiences and input. Oftentimes sadly, our automatic thoughts are negative and can even be irrational. Identifying these negative automatic thoughts and replacing them with new rational thoughts can improve our mood and well-being.
Ex., A trigger may be getting a low mark o a Math test.
Automatic thought: “I am so stupid. I am not good at Math and never will be.”
New thought: “I tried my best. It’s only one grade. I will practice more next time.”