When I was dealing with depression, one of the hardest parts was all the negative thoughts I had. My thinking would get in the way of my daily life-
“I can’t do it” – “people will judge me” – “There’s no way I can do this, I should jut give up”-
Those were the thoughts I had. I knew something needed to change, but it was easier said than done. So I started with baby steps.
Recognizing your negative thoughts-
When you think a certain way for so long, it becomes almost natural. You start to not notice your thought pattern as often, since it’s just something you’re used to.
Half the battle is being able to start recognizing how you are thinking, so whenever you are feeling down or in a high anxiety/stressful situation, pay attention to the thoughts that come to mind.
Finding ways to replace those negative thoughts-
Once you are able to recognize those negative thoughts, the second half of the battle is learning to combat those thoughts. Whenever I was able to, I pulled out my journal when I was having negative thoughts, and I wrote down why they weren’t true. You don’t have to write these things down, but you still have to try thinking them.
Try to look at what you are thinking in a more rational way. When you tell yourself “I could never do this! I’m so stupid.” try to replace that thought with “I’m not stupid, everyone starts somewhere and I shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help. I can do anything I put my mind too” Once you get into the habit of replacing these thoughts you will notice a difference in how you are thinking.
The fact is- A lot of the thoughts you are having are not true. The only reason why these thoughts have power, is because you give them power. Once you stop letting them have power, you will feel more at peace with yourself.
Everyday, is a new beginning to change you’re life for the better, it’s all about taking the first step!
Feel free to comment any feedback or any questions you have for me!