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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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Nikki
Good Practice!
here goes another session that i need to practice more often.
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Cherish
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 🙏🏻❤️☮️
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Rebecca
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.