The Difference between Emotions and Feelings
“Emotions play out in the theatre of the body. Feelings play out in the theatre of the mind.” –Dr. Sarah McKay, Neuroscientist
Although the two words are often used interchangeably, there are distinct differences between feelings and emotions. For starters, they originate in different parts of the brain.
Regarding the support available for Children with mental health problems - sometimes only the F word will do...
SOMETIMES ONLY THE F WORD WILL DO when talking about the support available for children and teenagers with mental health issues...
A couple of days ago I watched BBC Panorama, Kids in Crisis. This shocking programme about Children's Mental health is still available on BBC i player but be careful... it's likely to make you cry.
Watching this programme made me feel so terribly sad, then frustrated and then bloody angry. I don't swear very often but sometimes only the F word will do. So, here goes...the support available on the NHS for children and young people suffering with mental health issues in the UK,- is a fucking disgrace.
Positive Thinking Versus Feeling More Optimistic
Positive thinking doesn’t work. In fact, it can be dangerous.
Now there's a controversial statement! Life coaches around the world will be scowling at me right now! But hear me out...
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How To Choose A More Helpful Thought
Some if you may have heard of CBT, or Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. Some of you may not have. I’m going to tell you what it is, some of the benefits, along with a really simple way to use CBT in your day-to-day life.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is a form of talking therapy that focuses on how your attitude, thoughts and beliefs can affect the way you feel and behave. CBT uses cognitive therapy and behaviour therapy, whilst teaching you coping mechanisms for dealing with your problems. Cognitive therapy examines what you think about, and behaviour therapy examines the things you do and the way you behave.
How many of these Thought Traps are you falling into every day?
ANTs & Thought Traps
When we are feeling low or anxious, it is common to have automatic negative thoughts (ANTs). These unhelpful thoughts are subtle, sneaky and can pop into our minds without any effort. As our thoughts, feelings and actions are all interconnected, when we start thinking negatively we start to feel bad- which then impacts our behaviour. Or we think negatively, which impacts how we feel - which then impacts our actions.
On the flip side, improving in one will also impact the others in a positive way.
-Gaining control of your thinking and recognising your "thought traps", will make you feel better and more motivated to take action.
-Taking positive action when you don''t really feel like it, will make you feel more positive, which leads to more positive self-talk.
-Watching funny films or videos or listening to upbeat music can change your mood, leading to more positive thoughts and feelings.
Have a look at the following list of Thought Traps to see if you can recognise any of your thinking patterns.
Positive thinking has a lot to answer for!