One of the most important things I learned during Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is how to reframe negative thinking. The first step is to become aware of the thoughts you’re having throughout the day. Once you’re in tune with the noise in your head, you can better control it. How empowering is it to know that we can control our thoughts?!
Here’s an example: When you notice yourself thinking, “Nobody ever listens to me,” challenge yourself to look at the facts… and reframe the statement to something like: “Even though this person doesn’t like my idea, other people do.” You’ll realize that it’s simply NOT TRUE that NOBODY listens to you; that it was just an incident with one person that may have upset you.
It definitely takes practice, but once you get in the habit, you’ll be amazed at all the thoughts you notice, and can then change them to help you feel better. I’ve become very aware of my thinking since CBT, but I admit sometimes it’s much easier to reframe the negative thoughts than other times. It’s still something I work on constantly!
CBT is just one of many types of therapy that can help you feel better mentally. You can learn about other options from my partner, Mental Health America, and see what to expect from each one.
As always, reach out to me anytime. I’m happy to share my journey with you.