Do you ever catch yourself dwelling on the absolute worst case scenario when something is worrying you? I don’t just mean average worry or concern… I’m talking about where it becomes a major trigger and starts to impact your overall health. How about talking down to yourself by thinking things like: “I’m a horrible person” when you are feeling depressed? “I’d be in shock at the end of my life if I added up all of the minutes I’ve spent worrying about something that turned out to be just fine.” That being said, I’m no stranger to these feelings and understand how much of an impact they can have on our lives.
How do we know if something is a worthwhile investment to worry about, or just our emotions running wild? If you Have Bipolar Disorder, this can be a tough one. Part of the illness involves distorted negative thinking or not being able to see that we are symptomatic in the first place. I’d like to share some tools and information that has helped me a lot in becoming more self-aware of these patterns.
When it comes to changing the way we think or respond to life, we come up against a lifetime of conditioned responses. At first, I wasn’t able to realize how negative my thinking was until it was way out of control. The more I practiced being mindful of these negative thoughts and statements, the easier it was to see the lack of substance behind them. This practice has helped me to notice when I’m symptomatic a lot sooner, and it’s absolutely changing the way I react to negative thoughts or statements. I hope with practice that the tools in this video do the same for you!
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