Unhelpful Thinking Styles

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Acceptance / depression / forgiveness / Gratitude / Self acceptance / Serenity prayer / Uncategorized

Lately I keep catching myself thinking about some unpleasant things from the past (I am sure we all have them). The other day I objectively looked at it and realised that my thoughts were 40 years in the past! I keep reminding myself to look forward and not backwards. Even better if I can spend my time in the present moment.

Last Semester I ran a course for U3A called Retired:Now What? As part of that course we looked at unhelpful thinking styles by looking at and thinking about a resource I found online. Click HERE for a link to the site and for more information.

I identified that recently I am personalising anything and everything and thinking it is my fault. I sometimes joke to friends about the extremes I take this to –  e.g. conflict in the Middle East!

The point is that I have identified this recent pattern and can be on the alert when these unhelpful thoughts invade my thinking and choose to think differently!

7 Comments

  1. Being more mindful about our thoughts helps us change our perspective in positive ways. Good luck breaking your unhelpful thinking patterns.

  2. Oh I’d like to take your class, Rainee. So easy to think of the negative, and I like your thinking about changing our thoughts.

    • It would be wonderful to have you in the course Ruth! I think I would be trying to convince you to run a U3A Photography Course 🙂 x

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