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How To Turn Your Thoughts Upside Down

With all of the new year "start fresh" vibes in the air, some people are turning to cleaning up their brains. If you want to clear out the cobwebs, you might be starting a challenge or boosting your self-care. Most people are trying to get themselves on a healthier, more intentional path this month.

Jessie Howell, B.A., intern and student with Tides Therapy and Consulting, LLC has gathered some thoughts to get us all started on the right foot together! Let's turn our attention to our thoughts. Some of the most foundational material for how we behave and feel...

If you're looking to adjust your perspective so that you can get the most out of 2023, we think you should take a look at how your thoughts are helping or stunting how you reach your goals. Most clinicians agree that cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is one of the MOST effective ways to challenge automatic thoughts, aka, turning your thoughts upside down! Automatic thoughts are the thoughts we have without particular intent. They float in and out of our brains, sometimes a lot and sometimes a little. Sometimes they're unwanted and sometimes they're pleasant. The point is- they're automatic. Like breathing or blinking. Most of the time, we do these things without really intending to do them.

Positive and negative automatic thoughts are natural, but what if we don't want the negative thoughts and only want the positive ones? Just think "better," right? It's like when someone tells you not to smile. It's all you can do to keep a smile off your face! Just willing for the automatic thoughts to go away isn't enough, as we know. How about challenging them? Using CBT interventions that have been PROVEN to work for decades might be the way to go.

The primary task of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is to acknowledge and change automatic negative or irrational thoughts, and in turn, shift the resulting behaviors. This allows us to shift our emotions surrounding a situ