You’ve probably already realized how negative your thinking can be at a time like this. Negative thinking can be a big obstacle in your efforts to help yourself and feel better. Restructuring (changing) your cognitions (thoughts) is a technique that enables you to identify your negative thoughts and re-word them so that they’re more realistically positive. With practice, this can significantly improve the way you feel, both emotionally and physically.
Examples of Restructured Thoughts
From Negative– “I’m never going to feel any better.”
To Positive/Realistic– “Isn’t it possible that I can feel better? And, if so, why should I convince myself that I can’t?”
From Negative– “When is this ever going to end?”
To Positive/Realistic– “Although there is no way of predicting if and when this is going to end, it makes more sense to focus on the many parts of my life that I can still enjoy.”
From Negative– “No treatment is going to make a difference in my medical problem.”
To Positive/Realistic– “How do I know that? I have to give the treatment a chance. In the meanwhile, let me focus on the things I can do to help myself as well.”