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Changing Thought Habits

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Christine Mangum
Mental Health Counselor (M.S., L.P.C.C.)
The thoughts we think often, even when out of emotion, are our habits of thinking. This influences our beliefs (about ourselves and others), emotions, and behaviors. When we practice changing the thought, we can form new thought habits which shift how we feel, what we believe, and how we behave.
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Good Practice!
here goes another session that i need to practice more often.
From Unhelpful to Helpful
Thought patterns are a series of thoughts that we have on a regular basis. We can begin to change our thought patterns by becoming aware of each thought. I have been noticing thoughts that begin with, “I should have known or I wish I had or if I would have” when I am feeling anxious or disappointed in some way. Obviously, these thoughts are extremely unhelpful as they keep me in a negative feedback loop of feeling anxious or disappointed. Next time I witness those type of unhelpful thoughts, I am going to challenge them with helpful thoughts, such as “it was out of my control what happened or I elected to put self care first and that’s why …”. In this way, I will begin to feel less anxious or disappointed and more present and accepting. Thank you for this wonderful reminder that while we may not have control over what thoughts we have, we can control whether or not we believe them. Indeed, we have the power to challenge every thought! From unhelpful to helpful, one thought at a time. Namaste 🙏🏻❤️☮️
I feel inadequate .
I am the only one judging myself this harshly. I reach every goal I set out for. I don’t need to be more than who I already am. The only one who should be first is myself. It’s okay to not get it right.
An emotion I feel is sadness. I feel sad for myself and him when I think about all the bad or hurtful things that have happened. Challenge: I can’t change the past, and it prepared me to have happiness in my future.
I enjoyed the reminder to notice the always chatty voice in my head pooling together recent events to come to some negative conclusion based on my false beliefs. Reminder there is still work to do on the neglected inner child
Challenge thought
Challenge thoughts -I’m not smart You are smart. You have been making A’s. You use to make tops scores in undergrad Challenge thoughts- the arguments with my boyfriend means we shouldn’t be together -we are different people and will have different thoughts and opinions. Its normal! All healthy relationships will have disagreements as long as it’s healthy arguments, it’s okay!
Challenge your thoughts
When experiencing negative thoughts and emotions I need to challenge those thoughts… I need to make the conscious effort to challenge the thoughts in order to make a difference with my feelings.
Gillian Leech
Changing thought habits
I feel encouraged listening to this, knowing that with small steps forward I can change & Instil a more positive approach to my emotions & thoughts.
The session reinforced that I’m in control of my thoughts and I have much work to do to change my pattern of negative thinking.
Alpha giraffe
Changing mind thoughts-
Keep repeating positive affirmations. In the ring, he is a great dog, I’m a great handler. Or monday- it will be fine. He is in charge. Burden is light.
Negative thoughts
Anger- reoccurring thought I hate them and why did they do this. Challenge- these things were out of my control. I’m proud of myself for taking one step in the right direction.
Challenge thoughts
Anger I feel like everyone hates me at work Challenge with it just feels like everyone hates me at work
- late-
I’m a terrible mom and Feelings- Sadness and guilt. Change thought to- I have loving and caring girls who are loved and know they are loved.
Anxiety at work
Feeling-I am never good enough Challenging thought-I’m a smart, capable employee worthy of opportunity.
Changing thoughts habit
I am the only one who does the dishes in our house! But he does other things that I don’t do! So there’s a start. They don’t want me to come is a recurring negative thought for me which I need to change to maybe I’ve got time to choose my own choice of activities.💕🙏 thank you 🙏
I like the nature sounds and music. I spend too much time on social media and don’t take care of myself at times
I am prone to overexerting myself and I need rest as well as good food
When have an emotion
What is the thought What can I say to challenge thought and make the emotion smaller
Changing thought
I learned that I can change my thoughts by challenging negative thoughts without reacting to the negative thought
Response to a negative thought
Anger - I’m always the one who does the dishes Response - other in the house also does the dishes - it just feels as I am the only one
Response to
Anger - I’m always the one who does the dishes Response - other in the house also does the dishes - it just feels as I am the only one
I learned today that the power of positive thinking reduces the negative
I feel frustrated and angry.
One of the most common thoughts when I feel this way is “here we go again, another problem, I’m tired of problem” and “I hate people, they make my life so difficult”.
Anxious; I’m going to have a panic attack
I’ve only had a couple in my life and when I do, it take very little time
Thought awareness
I learned that I need to learn how to channel my energy better whenever I have negative thoughts. For example, if my spouse responds to a question I have in a negative way I should take a moment to not take it personal and reflect on the positive things in our relationship
Habitual thoughts
It brought to my attention that I doubt that I can set appointments by door knocking or train others. Some bad experiences I have let get brought to the front of my mind m. Where I have also had good experiences. I need to remind myself of the wins I have had and compound on that positive thought. Soon I will execute and prove to myself what I am capable of. It should not be expected that I am the best at something when I have not done it much. But I can push through and win by perseverance.
Negative Emotions/Thought
I can challenge negative thoughts with neutral thoughts. When I am angry or depressed, I can challenge my unhelpful thoughts and replace them with more helpful, true thoughts.
Thank you
I really appreciate this one. Negative thoughts have been something I’ve been dealing with my whole life.
Changing Thought Habits
I learned that it’s possible and necessary to retrain negative thoughts processes.
Negative thoughts
I need to challenge them with positive thoughts that I believe.
If we find ourselves feeling the same emotions such as sadness, anger, depression or anxiety, there is a recurring thought pattern behind them creating these waves. To break this, we need to get intimate with our thoughts. As I listened to this track, I realized when I experience strong emotions, there is a thought of ‘I should’ or ‘they should’ something. Another thought I sense is, ‘I have to’. This word, should and have to reaffirms the doubt, which causes the anxiety or frustration I sometimes feel. Instead of the word, should or have to, I will begin to substitute the word, prefer and get to. This word, prefer acknowledges that I am wanting things to be different without the added shame. This word, get to reminds me of how fortunate I am. Substituting these words will reacquaint me with what I can control, which is the way I relate to what is happening. Thank you for this informative meditation! Namaste 🙏🏻❤️☮️
I have power…
As I was listening to this I was reminded of a couple of things that I was told or taught over the last 12 years. The first was that if I change the way I think, it WILL change the way I feel, which WILL change the way I act or react. The second is that a thought is simply just a thought. Just because I think it does not make it a fact and most of the time my thoughts tend to change. Thank you so much for this! It is wonderful to be reminded of how I have a choice of what thoughts are valid and have power and what thoughts are invalid…simply a fleeting thought.
Challenging Negative Thoughts
I’ve helped a lot of people and it just feels like someone wants to hurt me.
I feel
When I think Im letting someone down or im not meeting a requirement I feel like a failure, Im not a failure, somethings are out of my control while something happen in life like being late like over sleeping like forgetting . Im human Im forgive my self I forgive others
Challenging energy
It is starting to feel like a game a treasure hunt with clues and tools and straight talk and matter of fact positive affirming choices to consider versus the same same. Grateful
Challenging negative thoughts
I feel angry, I feel anxious, these feelings of being angry and anxious are normal. I feel incapable and fall back I fear other peoples judgement so I make the judgement first, I feel like I am the only one or I feel like I’m not enough. We all feel angry. We all feel anxiousness we can overcome these feelings of anxiousness and anger. I can learn to forgive those who have done wrong to me and I can be able to forgive myself. I am able to live in the present moment I am able to move from past mistakes and be better. I am allowed to listen to music that makes me feel better. I am able to change my mindset and think differently and not worry about how others perceive me in school. This will take time and being patient is key I have friends in school and I am loved.
Break the habitual emotion
Challenge to break the habitual emotion: The _ is a narcissist; so I chose to be true to myself and chose to be happy and enjoy this very moment of my life.
Back to reality
My negative thoughts aren’t based in reality, but worst case scenarios my mind constructs. I need to challenge those thoughts with just the facts, and form new thoughts based on that.
Changing thought patterns is like war
I lose many battles with bad habits. The pressures of daily responsibilities and the expectations with deadlines are often overwhelming.
Swinging thoughts
I feel terrible for not thinking of others when I’m task focused; I’m very hard on myself. I push in with razor sharp focus and my thoughtfulness and mindfulness get swept away. It’s only when I’ve hurt someone’s feelings that I realize that I didn’t balance properly and then the negative thoughts flood in. “How could I be so selfish, or how my actions or lack there of affect others.” This challenge will be difficult, I feel good about the process when I get thinking about it.
Changing thought habits
I learned that you have to change your thought habit before you can change your actual habit. Maybe this could be a very powerful technique to change your life.
Challenge habitual thought patterns and turn into more positive statements .
For example I cannot achieve everything today to what 3 things will I achieve today
I’m not the thought
It’s never too late to change how I (over)think about my emotions