By Rick Adams, PhD, LMHC, CCBT, MAC, CCDV
In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, Dr. Adams shares his tips on how to overcome negative thinking. He is a licensed psychotherapist, certified clinician and college professor. For more than 22 years, he has worked in the counseling field, in the areas of mental health, substance abuse and marriage and family.
Tired of thoughts of defeat? Overwhelmed with feelings of sadness? Plagued by insecure behaviors? Like many, if you answered yes to any of these questions, allow me to inform you that having such thoughts and feelings are not uncommon; BUT to live with these thoughts and feelings, is both uncommon and unnecessary. Allow me to introduce you to a thought process that can both eliminate and prevent such Matters.
This process is known as “Mind Over A Matter” thinking. Note the following: everything begins with a word and continues with a thought. However, let us not forget where this all takes place. In the mind!
“Mind Over A Matter” thinking focuses on managing mental thoughts instead of allowing destructive thoughts to manage you. Your life can be more manageable when you possess the ability to think thoughts and engage in behaviors that are “greater than” the Matter that is trying to take over your thought life and control your behaviors.
For example, when having thoughts like “no one cares if I make it or not,” have a “greater than” thought… “when I make it, I will be able to help more people that care.”
This thought concept is part of the Mind Over A Matter thinking series that will be presented in the months to come.
So stay tuned for more Mind Over A Matter applicative thinking with Dr. Rick.