Mental Health – Healthy Thinking

Keep Your Thoughts In Check

This may sound strange, but the truth is we are in control of our thoughts, they are not in control of us. Yet too often, we allow unfounded, untrue thoughts to run our lives. The simple answer is just to Stop It! But this takes practice. So, if you want a healthy mind practice healthy thinking

Good mental health does not mean that we only ever have happy thoughts. Sad or upsetting things are part of life. Problems are also part of life but maintaining perspective and seeing situations for what they really are is much better than catastrophizing, minimising, avoiding, denying, blaming or blowing things out of proportion.  Our thoughts can play tricks on us, it’s best to remember much of the time they are not true.

Watch for your own thinking traps.  The way you think about something has a big effect on the way you feel. If we feel like we can handle a problem, we often feel good. If we do not think that we can handle a problem, we often feel bad. Sometimes, we think that something is bad, even when it is not true. These thoughts are sometimes called ‘thinking traps’. They are traps because they are easy to fall into and can get us stuck and feeling bad.

Here are some common thinking traps:

Thinking that bad things always happen to you. ‘I wanted to go to the beach, but now it is raining. This always happens to me! Now my day is ruined!’

Thinking that something can only be all good or all bad. ‘I did not do as well as I wanted on that last test. I am not smart enough for this course.’

Focusing only on the negative part of a situation. ‘My team won, but I cannot believe I missed that shot. I must be very bad at soccer. Maybe I should stop playing.’

Jumping to conclusions before you know what really happened. ‘My friend did not call me back. She must not like me very much.’

You can challenge your thinking trap by looking at the facts. The next time you notice yourself falling into a thinking trap, ask yourself questions to find the facts. Here are some questions to ask about Mental Health – Healthy Thinking:

  • Is there any proof to back up this thought?
  • Have I thought about all sides of the situation?
  • Is there anything I missed?
  • Have I been in this position before? What happened then?
  • If my friend was in the same situation, what would I say?

Once you have looked at the facts, you can replace the thinking trap thought with a more balanced thought.

Aisling Kinghan
Aisling Kinghan
2020-10-08
Anne is amazing, TRTP has changed my entire outlook on life, how I interact with people, and what I’m doing. In the few months since TRTP my life has honestly changed so much for the better, it’s beyond what I could have ever imagined. My friends and family are also noticing it! And amazingly, every day gets better. Thank you so much Anne!
Daniel Rodgers
Daniel Rodgers
2020-07-07
Working in the Health industry, Melbourne Counselling Centre is the first place we recommend all our patients with ongoing challenges.
Rick Saunders
Rick Saunders
2020-07-07
I would not hesitate to refer anyone seeking an effective solution to an ongoing mental health concern.
Poki Samuels
Poki Samuels
2020-03-31
Well all I can say is that Anne has helped me get through some of the anger And trauma Been built up inside of me for years and I have not known how to deal with it. She took me step by step on to see how I could overcome these issues that were holding me back on achieving some of my greatest goals in life. Thank you so much Anne 🙏🏾
Nathan Watson
Nathan Watson
2019-09-18
TRTP has completely changed the way I think about myself and the world around me. The changes have been extraordinary in such a short space of time. I suddenly find myself walking forward with a new set of positive core beliefs which others are noticing on a daily basis Anne supported me through the process with expertise, compassion and patience. TRTP really does offer you a new launch pad from which to embark on a new journey. I’m so grateful for having this opportunity to do this work with Anne
Daniela J
Daniela J
2019-06-14
I had been struggling with life and reliving my trauma for over 20 years, I tried everything and nothing worked. Finally I was referred to Anne, who took me through The Richards Trauma Process (TRTP) as that is the process that helped shift the past and get you to a better place.  Words cannot express how she turned my life completely around. For once, I am actually excited about life, I am actually thinking about my future. I feel like my life has been reset, I have a second chance and I am developing my life the way I want it to be, rather than the influences I was brought up with. Anne, I am indebted to you, thank you so much.
Housam Ahmad
Housam Ahmad
2019-04-04
I recently visited Anne Serry because I was told to do a anger management course. I’m am happy to say that Anne help me and I am grateful. Anne also learns about your life digging so deep into the family and finding the right solution to help you through your problems. Enough said call her if you are experiencing bad habits or bad issues, she will break them down and help you solve your own problems. Thank you very much Anne Serry! I will defiantly call you if I have any other problems God bless
Anna Anasa
Anna Anasa
2019-03-23
Completing The Richards Trauma Process (TRTP) with Anne has helped me profoundly. I feel free and less anxious around matters that used to overwhelm me, and my day-to-day experience is calmer and much less reactive. I can't thank Anne enough for this life-enhancing process!
Jess Taylor
Jess Taylor
2019-03-22
Anne took me through the step by step process of TRTP. It has completely resolved all my traumatic experiences that I haven’t been able to do by just talking to a professional . It’s a very powerful therapy that has changed my life . I can now be the happy positive person that I’m meant to be 😊😊