Intrusive and unhelpful thoughts can be a common experience for people struggling with their mental health. Depending on the nature of the thoughts, they can be distressing, cause discomfort, make us focus on things outside of our control, exacerbate feelings of despair, hopelessness, helplessness, stress, anxiety, loneliness and many other emotions.
Blair, one our psychologists, has created this toolbox to help you learn how to respond to intrusive thoughts. Like many things worth doing, learning to manage intrusive thoughts can take time and practice. Persist, make time to develop the skills and above all, do not lose hope if they "don't work the first time". Choose one skill to work on at a time and focus on creating positive habits one step at a time.
Good luck and leave a comment to let us know how you went!
Toolbox for Intrusive thoughts by Blair Raatjes
Blair Raatjes is a psychologist in private practice at Berwick Psychology & Hypnosis where she works with teens, young adults and adults to work through and heal from mental health concerns.