Cognitive Reconstructing is a method to identify, challenge and change unwanted or negative thoughts.
Do you ever find that your inner voice is being less than supportive? Cautionary thoughts that help us avoid real dangers can be a good thing. But, if they too frequently intrude during everyday moments, these thinking patterns can sometimes negatively affect our mood and our performance at work.
Repetitive negative or irrational thinking processes can contribute to stress and anxiety in the workplace because employees’ thoughts are closely tied to their moods. Some common irrational thinking patterns include:
All-or-nothing thinking – only seeing things as either good or bad instead of seeing things as a mix of both.
Should statements – thoughts that include the words should, ought, or must.
Blame – unfairly blaming yourself or others for problems or fears.
Labeling – attaching negative labels like crazy, worthless or stupid to yourself or others.
Cognitive Restructuring (CR) is a useful way to help employees move past these types of irrational thoughts and minimize their impact on mood and productivity. CR is a method to identify, challenge and change unwanted or negative thoughts.
Learning to restructure irrational and unhelpful thoughts can be an effective technique for reducing stress and anxiety. By encouraging employees to practice these steps regularly, you can help foster a healthier and more positive workplace.