It’s absolutely normal to feel worried on occasion. However, if you’ve found that your thoughts are increasingly negative and you are struggling to pull yourself out of that pattern it might be time to look at ways to help yourself get back to a more positive place. Negative thoughts can lead to low mood which can feed even more negative thoughts so it’s important to break the cycle before it leads to real emotional distress.
How do you know that you are stuck in a negative thought pattern? It happens over time so it’s not always easy to identify. If any of the following scenarios feel familiar, you might be experiencing cognitive distortions.
Negative thoughts can happen as a result of trauma, anxiety, depression or other difficult emotions. By tackling the source, you can start to move you out of that space.
Mindfulness, physical activity, spending time in nature and talking with friends and family are great ways to counteract negative thoughts. By engaging in these activities regularly you can disrupt the pattern and form a new positive outlook.
If this doesn’t work for you or you feel you need additional help, an accredited psychotherapist can work with you to address these thought patterns.
IAHIP Psychotherapists are trained to help people with negative thought patterns. You can search the IAHIP Psychotherapist Directory for this particular issue or any of the issues that may have developed from these changes.
On the Directory page, simply type the issue into the ‘Areas of Interest’ Box:
For more information on Negative Thought Patterns, you can access articles from our professional journal - Inside Out. Go to the top left of this website page and enter the topic into the search box.