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Unhelpful Thinking Styles – Cognitive Distortions
Automatic Negative Thinking Styles

 Negative thinking can steal your energy, motivation, and dreams.  It can impact your health giving you muscle pains and headaches.

When you experience unhelpful emotions, such as; anxiety, depression, worry,  fluctuating mood swings, it is usually preceded by a number of unhelpful self-statements and thoughts.

There is often a pattern to these thoughts, referred to as “Automatic Negative Thinking Styles” (ANTS).  This style of thinking becomes an automatic habit and something that happens out with your awareness and therefore no control over. 

When you are consistently and constantly using some of these unhelpful styles of thinking, you can cause yourself a great deal of emotional distress, increasing your anxiety and stress levels.

The first step towards change is identifying these negative thoughts, understanding why you fall into the trap of unhelpful thinking.  Within weeks of developing and putting into practice new ways of thinking you will improve all aspects of your life.

“The world we have created is a product of our thinking; it cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”  ​

Albert Einstein


There are an abundant number of emotional and physical disorders which have been linked to stress; depression, anxiety, heart attacks, stroke, hypertension, disturbance to your immune system that increases your risk of infections, viral disorders such as the common cold and herpes.  Furthermore, stress can have direct effects on the skin (rashes, hives, atopic dermatitis, gastrointestinal system (peptic ulcer, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome) and can be a contributing factor linked to insomnia and degenerative neurological disorders like Parkinson’s disease.  For all these reasons and more we need to realise how susceptible we are to stress and what we can do to reduce the effects.  

Do you worry excessively about things that are unlikely to happen, or feel tense and anxious all day long – sometimes with no real reason?  Everyone gets anxious sometimes, but if your worries and fears are so constant that they interfere with your ability to function and relax, you may have generalised anxiety disorder.  GAD is mentally and physically exhausting.  It drains your energy, interferes with sleep, and wears your body out.  But you can break free from chronic worrying and learn to calm your anxious mind.