There are a few ways we can manage negative unhelpful thoughts. One way is through mindfulness of thoughts, otherwise known as cognitive defusion. This exercise will help you to develop a new relationship with your negative thoughts and reduce the intensity of these thoughts.
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My thoughts become real
As I think, I become. My mind has the ability to convince me of what I am, good or bad.
What I “think” of myself, I am right!
Mindfulness of thought
A thought doesn’t have to have power, it’s just a thought I can acknowledge the thought and move on without letting it tear me down.
How refreshing to realise that I am not my thoughts. I really like this exercise
When I think of some of my unpleasant thoughts, those that can rattle me, when I think of them being open with them they aren’t as powering
I will practice this
I really needed this. I don’t notice a lot of intrusive throughts as such. I just accept as truth. I will continue to practice this when I have an intrusive thought and say, “I’m noticing I’m having a thought that…”
I feel lighter
I learned how to distance myself from my thoughts and reduce the impact of my thoughts.
Thoughts are just thoughts
I learned that thoughts aren’t always real. We must use discernment to filter out the positive/negative from the true/false. This isn’t always easy but with guided meditations and CBT I can begin to slowly but surely get better at knowing real from untrue thoughts.
When I have negative thoughts, not to let them overcome me. Let them go
The depression is fighting back.
This is an excellent tool to use in my fight. The depression is fighting back agains the effects of my TMS and I need new weapons. This one is perfect.