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Don’t believe everything you think.

It’s almost December, we’re all tired. Word to the wise, don’t believe everything you think. Especially when you’re tired. It’s like driving drunk.

You are not your thoughts. Thoughts are fragments, information, data, collections of images from past experiences. They aren’t your intuition. They aren’t necessarily true.

And they can trip us up. In tandem with fight, flight, freeze and fawn, they can team up with our nervous system and play like loops in our brain, keeping us stuck in anxiety or freeze.

You might feel like you’re just getting through the day until you can have a bit of a break over the summer.

Observe your thoughts rather than being caught up in judgement about them.

Practice self compassion.
Plan short rest breaks through your day.
Notice when you’re thinking thoughts that impact the way you feel.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or CBT helps us identify our core beliefs and negative thought patterns.

We can challenge them – is it really true that you’re a bad mum or crap at your job?
Do you think your co-workers really think you’re stupid or that Christmas will be awful because you can’t afford to spend as much this year?

Are those things true or just information fragments swirling around in your head? Do thoughts like these often cause you to spiral? How we think determines how we feel.

Thoughts pass.
The way they make you feel will pass.
Release them like a leaf in moving water.
Deep breath.
Longer exhale.
Right now, in this moment, you’re ok.

And if you need support during this time of year, you know where to find me.

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