How we Think Affects how we Feel. How we Feel Affects what we Do.
Katz’z Korner, May 2022
MSN, PMH FNP-BC
Shawnee Family Health Center in Adams County.
Have you noticed how difficult it is to make decisions when worried or stressed?
I see many patients overwhelmed with life—being overextended with childcare, relationship problems, chronic physical illnesses, histories of abuse, death of a loved one, and many other issues that cause stress and worry. Coping can be a real challenge. It isn’t easy to make day-to-day decisions when life feels so overwhelming. Talking to a trusted friend or family member can help. Therapy from a trained professional can also be beneficial, especially when feeling broken. Medication can help; although it is not my first recommendation, it does have its place. Some medicines can help to balance out or decrease negative thoughts by increasing the availability of natural chemicals in the brain so that thinking can be more clear. You may only need to be on medication for a short time, just long enough to get to the other side of the rough patch. As a primary care provider, I also examine physical concerns by checking lab results to determine such information as; dietary deficiencies, hormone levels, thyroid function, physical illness, or environmental toxins. Many physical ailments affect our thinking. If dementia or other mental diseases are a concern, a baseline screening test may offer reassurance or begin the treatment path toward being your best you.
The Mayo Clinic recommends these
5 things for optimal Mental Health.
Here are a few ways to challenge negative thinking:
Reframe it: “I see what I did wrong. Next time I will do it better.” Learn from mistakes.
Prove Yourself Wrong: Try something you think is too difficult. Surprise yourself.
Replace negative self-talk with Positive self-talk: When you realize that you have a negative thought about yourself, quickly think something positive about yourself and practices positive self-talk.
“Nothing is Impossible; the word itself says ‘I’m possible! Audrey Hepburn