How to challenge thoughts in 5 steps
Notice what your mind is saying.
You don't have to believe everything you think!
Question your thoughts. Consider a different perspective. What's the evidence for the thought? Is this thought fact or opinion? What's the bigger picture - the helicopter view? What's another way of looking at this? What would someone else say about this?
Let the unhelpful thoughts go.
Choose the best response. What shall I do now? Do it mindfully.
Think: Thought Challenging - a short video
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