Positive thinking, or healthy thinking, is a way to help you stay well or cope with a health problem by changing how you think. It's based on research that shows that you can change how you think. And how you think affects how you feel.
Cognitive-behavioural therapy, also called CBT, is a therapy that is often used to help people think in a healthy way. It focuses on thought (cognitive) and action (behavioural).
If you think in a positive way, you may be more able to care for yourself and handle life's challenges. You will feel better. And you may be more able to avoid or cope with stress, anxiety, and depression. CBT may be able to help you sleep better and lose weight.
CBT involves techniques that you can practice every day so that healthy thinking comes naturally.
Here are the steps for one technique.
Here's an example of how this might work:
With time and practice, you can learn to see that the harsh things you say to yourself may keep you from enjoying your life and work. You can replace them with more helpful thoughts.
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Current as of: May 12, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Christine R. Maldonado, PhD - Behavioral Health
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