Some of the thoughts that go through our minds are brutal. If we start to self-identify with every thought that crosses our mind, life can get pretty depressing. Cognitive Behavioral Therapists believe that we think and give weight to determines how we feel and act in life. To help you challenge the "scaries" aka unhelpful thoughts ask yourself some of the below questions
1. What does the evidence point to?
2. Is this thought helpful?
3. What Are some alternative perspectives?
4. Does this thought fall into one of the below red flag categories?
By becoming aware of our thought we start to create some space to get curious and investigate. Do we want to follow a certain thought down the rabbit hole? We can't stop the thoughts, but we can learn to relate to them in a different way. We can start to look at them without investing mindlessly in them.
Alyssa Mancini is a certified secondary biology and chemistry teacher. She started teaching high school biology and chemistry in 2007 and spent the first 12 years of her career teaching in NYC public schools. She is a registered yoga instructor, mindfulness facilitator, and herbalist. Her mission is to inspire and support teachers interested in learning about mindfulness and self-care practices.