Thought diary step 1: Identifying unhelpful thoughts

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In any situation, we have a variety of thoughts about ourselves, other people and the world in general. It is these thoughts that determine the way we feel and behave. Taking note of the unhelpful thoughts going through your mind during a situation is the first step towards changing negative feelings like anger, sadness, anxiety and guilt.

This process can also help you change any unhelpful behaviour that accompanies your feelings, like fighting, drinking too much, procrastinating, or withdrawing from friends.

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    APS Member Resources Team
  • Publish date
    24 Jun 2013
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