Episode4 Segment 3 - What are unhelpful thoughts? How can they be managed?
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Our thoughts, feelings, and actions can affect each other, and how well we live with and manage chronic pain. There may be times when thoughts become unhelpful and get in the way of things. They may stop us doing the things we want to do. When this happens, it is important and helpful to get some distance from these thoughts so that they are not controlling us.
Once you have recognised that the unhelpful thoughts you are having are only thoughts, try managing them by making fun of the thoughts, or think about them differently. So you might want to imagine some of the following:
- hearing the thought in a silly voice
- the thought is printed on a balloon which then pops
- the thought is written on a cloud or a bubble which then floats away
- the thought is written on a piece of paper or computer screen and it changes colour
The main idea is that by hearing or seeing the thought in this way, the situation may not seem so difficult to deal with.