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Unhealthy Thinking Patterns: All or Nothing

Success or failure. Empty or full. Meaningful or meaningless. We use words like this all the time to describe ourselves, other people, events, ideas, the world around us, and life in general. But these extremes don’t represent the entire truth. In fact, when you limit yourself to extreme opposites, you’re using an unhealthy thinking pattern: […]

Unhealthy Thinking Patterns: Personalizing

So far, we’ve talked about how negative focus and overgeneralization can cause your thoughts to take a destructive turn. Today, we’re talking about an unhealthy thinking pattern that can cause you to self-destruct: personalizing. What personalizing is Personalizing could also be called self-blame. It involves blaming yourself for something that was not your fault (at […]

Unhealthy Thinking Patterns: Negative Focus

We’re kicking off our series on unhealthy thinking patterns with a discussion on the pattern of negative focus. I think it’s very appropriate to start with this category of thoughts because it’s one of the most common unhealthy thinking patterns I see in people I know (myself included). What negative focus is Negative focus is […]

Unhealthy Thinking Patterns

One of the big messages we try to get across on Design.org is this: your thoughts can change your life. Thoughts are extremely powerful. They affect our emotions, our habits, our relationships, our sense of self-worth, and virtually every aspect of our lives. Our thoughts can work for us, but they can also work against […]

How Your Thoughts Influence Your Emotions

The average person thinks 6200 thoughts every single day. That’s about 258 thoughts an hour or 4.3 thoughts a minute. That is a lot of thinking. But here’s the real important thing about that: your thoughts have incredible power over your life. Thoughts are what ultimately influence the relationships we have, the decisions we make, […]

How Your Physical Health Impacts Your Mental Health

Anyone who has struggled with mental health can tell you that mental health issues often take a toll on your physical health. Depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders can contribute to fatigue, excessive weight gain/loss, and more—not to mention taking away motivation to exercise, eat well, or care for your body in other ways. […]

Using Time Wisely

We all have 24 hours in a day. That doesn’t change, whether you’re a politician, a stay-at-home parent, a business owner, a teacher, or really anything else. What does change is how we each spend our time. We all fill our days with different things, and that’s great … as long as we’re using our […]

What Self-Care Is (and What It Isn’t)

By this point, we’ve all heard about self-care. For the past several years, self-care has become an important player in the self-improvement conversation—and for good reason. When self-care is done right, it can help you live a happier, more fulfilled life. The problem is that the phrase has become so widely used that its meaning […]