How To Challenge Toxic Thoughts

Welcome to the latest episode of the Hold the Mother podcast. I’m Laura Hans, your host and perinatal psychotherapist, and today we’re diving into the world of maternal mental health.

In this episode, I’m really excited to chat with you about something super important – how we can tackle those toxic thoughts that often creep into our minds. You know, the ones that mess with our emotions and actions? Yeah, those. We’re going to unpack it all!

We’ll be talking about Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) – breaking down the myths, exploring how it works, and getting into the detail of challenging negative thinking patterns. Spoiler alert: thoughts are not facts! They’re more like biased opinions, and I’ve got some useful CBT techniques, like catch, challenge, and change, to help you question those thoughts and see things from a more balanced perspective. And if you’re looking for some extra guidance, I’ve got a book recommendation for you – ‘CBT for Dummies’ by Rena Branch.

Episode highlights:

02:07 Myths about positive thinking

03:46 How thoughts pull the strings of our emotions and behaviours

06:51 The Three C’s: Catch, Challenge, Change

10:21 Unpacking unhelpful thinking styles

17:45 Tips for changing thoughts in a practical way

So grab your headphones, get comfy, and let’s chat about nurturing that mental health of yours. Can’t wait for you to join me on this journey.

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