Too often, we go about our days in reaction mode. We are aiming at getting things done on that to-do-list. We are on auto-pilot. We make assumptions about situations and people. We notice that we are becoming impatient and pessimistic. “Think about your thinking.” What does this mean? Well, to avoid distress, it’s important to be aware of how our thinking and behaving are contributing to the way that we see the world and ourselves.
For example, you may find yourself impatient while waiting in line for the cashier. What were some of your thoughts around this? What thoughts, contributed to your impatience? Here we are breaking down, piece by piece, your thoughts, that preceded your emotion of impatience.
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (MBCBT) has been proven useful in reducing feelings of anxiety and depression because we are training ourselves to be aware of our thoughts, which affect our mood, which affects our behavior. Think about your thinking!