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More about how to challenge anxiety provoking thoughts and thought traps (1 minute read)

The 2d step in challenging anxiety provoking thought traps (1 minute read)

This post “The 2d step in challenging anxiety provoking thought traps” continues with how to manage anxiety by understanding more about thought traps.

There are many anxiety inducing patterns often called cognitive distortions or thought traps. These are ways of thinking that seem true but are in fact not reasonable, realistic or relevant to the situation.

Noticing when we are using thought traps and countering them is an important part of traditional CBT-exercises that also can reduce symptoms of anxiety.

A cognitive distortion is active in our minds when we experience an upsetting event and we think about it in these ways.

Last weeks’ posts have been about how to challenge cognitive distortions through:

Step 1: Identify the problem and its magnitude

Step 2: Examine the evidence of problem creating thoughts
Today’s post is about the 3d step – Create alternative rational and more self-supportive thoughts.

It is important to identify how you talk to yourself and use the words, logic and caring tone you would use to someone you care about in a similar situation.

Try to answer any automatic negative thoughts back with a caring and rational response, such as:

“I did my best”

“I have done the best I can”

“Next time things will go better”

“Practice make perfect”

“Everybody has been a beginner”

“At least I shall have credit for trying”

More about this in the next post on this topic.

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