Thoughts are powerful. Have you ever heard of a self-fulfilling prophecy? It’s the idea that thinking something will happen causes that thing to happen, usually within the context of something bad (ie. doing poorly on a test).
While this may not be the case every single time you have bad thoughts, the concept serves to help us understand just how powerful thoughts really are. Thoughts can change the course of your future.
Within the context of mental health and recovery, I’ve noticed that when I’m having a good week, usually this is preceded by positive thoughts and a determination to get healthy. On the other hand, when I’m having negative thoughts and damaging self-talk I usually notice the repercussions in the form of feeling sad, helpless, and self-hatred.
For this reason, I think it is extremely important to train yourself to think more positively. If you can convince yourself that you are worthless, then why can’t you also convince yourself that you are worthy? Thinking positively can do this, it just takes practice.
Changing your own thoughts can be a really difficult task, but it’s not impossible. As noted in the above image, your own unguarded thoughts can be damaging to your mental and physical well-being. So why not try to change those unguarded negative thoughts into more positive thoughts?
I know that this is easier said that done, but it is definitely something that you could work on with the support of a therapist. Just some food for thought!