Did you know that the average person has about 70,000 thoughts per day? 70 thousand!!! With that many thoughts, things can easily go very wrong in your mind… or very right.
During Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), I learned so much about how our thoughts affect how we feel. But the incredible thing is we have complete control over those thoughts. How empowering is it to know that by changing your thoughts, you can change your mood?!
The key is to pay attention to all that background chatter going on in your head. Really listen to those thoughts… then reframe them. For example, when you notice yourself thinking something like, “I’ll never get this plan to work,” change it to: “I’m smart enough to figure out how to make this happen.” Instant mood lift.
Trust me, I know this is one of those easier-said-than-done things. I have to work on it constantly. I’ve definitely gotten better at it, but it still takes a lot of practice to train my brain to think differently and stop the negative self-talk.
What are you telling yourself? Pay attention and adjust as needed.
If you want to try an exercise to help you change those negative thoughts into more positive ones, my partner, Mental Health America has a great worksheet to walk you through how to do just that. Get it here.