We hear that saying a lot at this time of the year. As another year starts, it is often implied that we need to change the way we live our life. Now I would agree with this idea to an extent, but you don’t necessarily want to change the person that you are, it is more a case of getting back to the person you already are underneath. If you have been doing a January body detox, you have probably been going for a few weeks already, and are pretty sick of it, but what about a detox for the mind instead?
This is an idea that Avy Joseph, a member of staff at CCBH, explained in a recent article in the Metro. Detoxification is a natural way of ridding the body of unwanted, harmful chemicals. However, many believe modern lifestyles and even our thought processes could contribute to ill health. With a mind detox you can banish unhealthy and unproductive thoughts. It could help you get out of the mindset that you’re simply not good enough for that promotion, for example.
Avy Joseph uses CBT to uncover dysfunctional beliefs and ways of thinking – he calls this toxic thinking. Joseph claims a toxic thought can lead to anxiety and depression. Do you have a toxic way of thinking? We all do at some time or another. Avy explains, ‘If your thinking isn’t helpful to you or is unrealistic, doesn’t make sense or help you to move forward, then it’s toxic. Your way of thinking should help you to achieve your goals and not keep you in a state of misery.’
Joseph says we need to understand we are responsible for the way we feel and think. Removing negative thoughts in a mind detox, and replacing them with negative ones, will help you look forward to the what 2011 has to offer. If you would like to know more about this, please do ask any questions in the comments box below.
And speaking of New Year, we should also let you know about the latest CCBH courses that are starting soon. Our new Foundation Course in Hypnosis, Counselling and Rapport is commencing on February the 19th. Please do contact us if you have any questions about it or just want to know more.