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 unattractive”⁠ “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

What is Cognitive Distortion & How You can combat it!