So what is an unhelpful thought? Here are some traits to look out for when you’re trying to sort your thoughts.
Is it automatic?
Is it a thought that has popped up without warning or prompting? These thoughts can happen at any time or place.
Is it distorted?
This is a thought that is often inaccurate, one-sided and biased towards the negative.
Is it plausible?
A completely believable thought that arrives disguised as a fact. It’s important to remember that thoughts are just thoughts, not facts.
Is it difficult to switch off?
Once you’ve thought a thought, especially a negative thought, it can be really hard to stop thinking it. Unhelpful thoughts can be hard to switch off and are really distracting.