Another week flies by, today reflecting upon some of life challenges and how we approach them, ask yourself? would have I acted differently with the life knowledge I have now?
What prompted my thought process today: NATs (negative automatic thoughts) what are they? When do they occur, and why they appear sometimes to linger? What prompted them? How to unravel them in the importance of their significance?
Automatic thoughts are what they sound like: Thoughts that a person has automatically in response to a trigger, often outside of that person’s conscious awareness. They just linger and begin to impact upon your day, work, relationship.
They have several characteristics which are:Automatic – they just pop into your head without any effort on your part.
Distorted – they do not fit in with all the facts or feel peculiar unable to pin point the source.
Unhelpful – they keep you feeling the extreme feelings that you experience, make it difficult to change and stop you moving forward, twisting your thought processes.
Plausible – you accept them as facts and it does not occur to you to question them Involuntary – you do not choose to have them and they can be very difficult to switch off.
Initially you may find it not easy to identify your automatic thoughts and deal with them. Challenging Automatic Negative Thoughts is like any other skill and it takes time and regular practice to be able to do it with ease. Your therapist will highlight the importance of dealing with Negative Automatic Thoughts. Don’t be discouraged if you have difficulties. In sessions, your therapist will help you to identify them and you will be set these as your homework so you will have opportunities to practise on your own. The more you do, the easier it gets and challenging your automatic negative thoughts will become natural to you.
The different types of automatic thoughts a person is likely to experience can affect their health outcomes, as well as their overall quality of life. If these thoughts are affecting your day and encroaching on your work life balance, analyse your thoughts, what prompted them, sometimes challenging these thoughts can eventually disapate. It can sometimes be as simple as filtering through each one to understand why they linger, or troubling you.
Talking to a counsellor can help to focus on key issues, reflecting negative thoughts etc which often helps to clarify why your ‘stuck’ or helps free up your 🤔 thinking! Reflecting isn’t always the answer, but helps at times!!
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