What is Cognitive Distortion & How You can combat it!
Have you ever heard the term “cognitive distortion”?
A cognitive distortion is an exaggerated or irrational thought pattern that causes you to perceive reality inaccurately. (thank you Wikipedia)
Example: you looking at the mirror and thinking you’re [insert negative/critical thought here].
“I’m going to be single forever”
“I’m not smart”
The best way to combat these thoughts is to challenge them.
Why do you think you’re unattractive?
- Because I don’t have X
Why do I think attractive people have X?
- Social media
Why do I care about what social media tells me?
I’ve been practicing being more mindful of my thoughts. Noticing when they come along and either letting them pass without bothering me or challenging them.
What’s been working? Meditation, setting boundaries with screen time, and muting accounts that don’t serve me.
✨ you have a choice about what you think about
✨ your fears are not facts