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How your thinking increases your anxiety

unhelpful thinking

Cognitive behavioural therapy helps you to notice the content of your thoughts and understand the links between your thoughts, the feelings they produce and what you do about those thoughts and feelings. For example – you might have an automatic negative thought about your appearance. A negative thought about your appearance might lead to a feeling of shame and you …

Why Making Assumptions can make you miserable

If humans were unable to make assumptions, the world would be a much simpler place. I am continually amazed at how people (myself included) make assumptions that are not based on facts. Rather they are based on our own thought processes, existing beliefs, insecurities and emotional temperament. When we are feeling low/depressed we tend to make assumptions that are negative. …

peace of mind

Thoughts can be dismissed for peace of mind

Peace of mind: ********  Change your thoughts and you change your world. Norman Vincent Peale ******** Peace of mind comes from learning to separate yourself from your thoughts. Psychologists call this cognitive defusion and it is an effective way to reduce anxiety. How cognitive behavioral therapy works The basic premise of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is that our thoughts create the way …

functional neurological disorder

What is Functional Neurological Disorder?

Functional Neurological Disorder (FND), is often diagnosed when an individual has a diverse range of neurological symptoms that do not neatly fit into any specific category. Individuals with Functional Neurological Disorder have provided me with these interesting comments:   FND does not always have a psychological cause i.e. past trauma – for some people, it is just physical symptoms alone …

Life Habits podcast

Podcast on what to do with negative thoughts

Negative thoughts can limit you immensely in life. If you allow your negative thinking to overwhelm you, you will not live your best life. When negative thoughts rule, individuals tend to avoid the things/experiences that they fear. Someone who has helped others for many years to overcome their negative thinking and live a happier life is Karel Vredenburg. I met …

unhappy

Common reasons for unhappiness

Evolutionary Psychologists say that our default mode is to be on the lookout for danger. As cave men running around many years ago, we had to be tuned in to threat around us. Being complacent could lead to death very easily. These days, modern threats still activate the same parts of the brain (the amygdala and the hypothalamus) and produce …

Do you think in dysfunctional ways?

Do you think in dysfunctional ways? It’s safe to say that we probably all hold some type of dysfunctional attitude at some time in our lives. Dysfunctional attitudes are also called “rules for living” by therapists and usually take the form of “if this…then that”.  Many of us hold rules for living that we don’t consciously acknowledge, yet these ‘rules’ …

How we create our own stress

We create our own stress more than we realise. Life is inherently stressful, there is nothing we can do about the external events, in that we can’t stop them. Debt, poverty, cruelty…there is a lot of injustice in the world and acceptance of this can help us deal with stress rather than resist and exhaust ourselves. However, apart from the …

How balanced is your mental diet?

How balanced is your mental diet? You have probably never heard of the term “mental diet”. It’s a term that I came up with when talking to my clients about their inner dialogue. We all have an inner dialogue and often we aren’t even aware of what we are telling ourselves, over and over, every day. I refer to this …

How To Fight The Enemy That Lives Between Your Own Two Ears

  How To Fight The Enemy That Lives Between Your Own Two Ears “Negative thinking will never produce positive results. Change your thinking and you’ll change your life.” This quote probably says it all and it somehow relates to the law of attraction that what we think is what we attract. And what we attract is what we’ll get. Life …