Two types of unhelpful thoughts

1. Circular thoughts or rumination. Circular thoughts often start small, but they escalate. They are called circular because they swirl around without coming to any sort of resolution. They do not actively contribute to solving the problem causing the worries. These thoughts rob us of our time, and often leave us feeling defeated and hopeless.

2. Negative thoughts. Negative thoughts are the thoughts that manage to upset you. These thoughts can lead to guilt, shame, anger, sadness and anxiety. By working on manipulating these thoughts with cognitive restructuring, we will be better equipped to get through the tough times.

Thoughts like these will make you feel upset and eventually affect every aspect of your life. However, the good news is that you can learn to challenge them! The next few pages of this program will equip you with some strategies for identifying and challenging your unhelpful thoughts.