'Looking at things another way can help with negative thoughts'

As we continue to live through the coronavirus pandemic and adapt to the ‘new norm’, it is normal we will be experiencing challenges with our mental health.

By Lauren Bell, The Yorkshire Therapist
Monday, 13th July 2020, 4:10 pm
Updated Monday, 13th July 2020, 4:12 pm

This might include low moods and an increase in negative thinking.

If you are experiencing problems with negative thinking, cognitive beha vioural therapy can help.

The following CBT technique is called thought challenging and is an excellent way of balancing out any negative thoughts you might be having.

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To challenge negative thoughts, it is helpful to ask yourself the following three questions:

1. What is my evidence for this thought? When looking at evidence stick only to the facts – emotions are not facts, presumptions are not facts and further thoughts are not facts. Ask yourself, would my evidence for this thought stand up in a court of law? Would a judge agree this is a fact? If the answer is no to either of these questions it is likely it is not fact and therefore you cannot use it to back up the negative thought.

2. Is there another way of thinking of this? If you stand back from the situation, is there a different way of thinking which takes on board all perspectives. Also ask yourself, ‘what would a friend say in this situation’ or ‘what would I advise a friend’. This will help you to gain a wider perspective and see things from all angles.

3. How can I behave in a way which is more in line with the more balanced way of thinking?

Can you act differently to make this new balanced thought seem more meaningful and would acting in a different way actually be more helpful all round?

Evidence suggests if we can help our brains to think in a more balanced way, our emotions and mindset benefit positively - this can lead to better mental health.

If you feel you are struggling with your mental health and feel CBT may be helpful, feel free to ask me any questions directly via fb.com/therapyinyorkshire, on Instagram @theyorkshiretherapist or by visiting theyorkshiretherapist.co.uk

You can also access free therapy through the NHS by contacting your local IAPT service - see nhs.co.uk