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Why is considering how we think so important?
If you’re prone to negative thinking and find it tends to take over, there are things you can do to challenge unhelpful or unwanted thoughts. That’s not to say there isn’t a place for them, or you’ll never have them again, but ‘re-training’ yourself to develop a positive outlook can be a real game changer for your health and wellbeing, as well as your relationships with others.
Is your glass half full or half empty? Are you optimistic or pessimistic? Our perception of the world around us can affect many areas of our physical and mental wellbeing; this includes how we deal with stress and our attitude towards ourselves and other people. The meaning we place on our experiences can influence how we feel and behave. A balanced perspective means that we can approach life’s ups and downs in a more constructive way that leaves us feeling more energised.
Unrealistic or unhelpful thinking patterns can cause and/or make us hold on to distressing or unwelcome feelings. They can also prompt us to behave in ways which supports or ‘validates’ these thinking patterns or maintains distressing feelings. The model used within CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)1 suggests that the way in which we think can affect the way we feel and what we do. To help improve health, it can be beneficial to become more aware of the thoughts we experience and how we perceive the world, ourselves, and other people. Being able to identify and then challenge unhelpful thoughts can result in a more realistic or balanced perspective, helping us to be more resilient to life’s challenges.