Reduce anxiety and depression by challenging common cognitive distortions

“Life is full of mistakes. They’re like pebbles that make a good road” ~ Beatrice Wood

Do you blame yourself for every mistake? 

Sometimes we talk to ourselves in critical ways. We might use a single negative word to describe ourselves. This kind of thinking is unhelpful and unfair. We are too complex to be summed up in a single word!  

Mistakes are inevitable, however, sometimes criticism leads us to placing a negative label on ourselves rather than on the mistake. For example, instead of thinking “I made a mistake”, you label yourself “a loser” or “a failure”. 

Tips to avoid Labeling:

  • Attribute your mistakes to the event rather than yourself
  • Define yourself by your efforts, not your outcomes

Untwisting cognitive distortions isn’t always easy, we all have narratives that are deeply ingrained in our thoughts, but recognising your thinking traps can be a very empowering experience. 

If you’d like to talk with one of our therapists about thinking traps and how to get unstuck, please reach out!

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