Thoughts go through our minds all the time. We’re often not aware of them. They may be influenced by past experiences, or based on wrong assumptions or inaccurate facts.
It’s not unusual to have some unhelpful or negative thoughts when you’re coping with cancer and body changes. But if this becomes a usual way of thinking, it can affect your mood and make you less confident and more anxious. You may ignore positive things about yourself and believe your negative thoughts are true.
Becoming more aware of your thinking can help you see unhelpful patterns and the effect they have on your mood and behaviour. Some people find it helpful to write down their thoughts to see if there is a pattern.