Expert Counsellor Talks About Behaviour Patterns

RITU HIRANI

If you are living with a mental health issue it might be hard to know what to do to feel better and behaviour patterns play an important role when it comes to mental health conditions. As you are likely to develop certain self-destructive and toxic behaviour patterns while you are battling with your negative thoughts and emotions.
Why does it happen?
As humans, we tend to interpret any particular situation which triggers certain thoughts and these thoughts then triggers feelings and we develop certain behaviours to respond to those feelings. The situation can either be negative or positive. These behaviour patterns are repetitive and developed over a period of time.
How do negative behavioural patterns affect one’s self?
In the long run, these behaviour patterns affect oneself mentally, physically, emotionally and psychologically. It also affects one’s relationship with others, whether personal or professional.
They tend to develop a pessimistic attitude towards themselves and others. This chain of behaviour patterns result in yet another situation, another negative thought and another negative feeling making the person feel like he/she is stuck in a strange loop of viscous cycle.
Mental health therapist’s role in helping you deal with your toxic behavioural patterns.
Good news is that Mental health therapists like counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists and psychiatrists help people with unhealthy behaviour patterns by counselling them and helping them with appropriate therapeutic approach. They identify the root cause of such behaviours and help the client in being aware by giving them the clarity and a wider perspective of the event which triggered such behaviour.
Which therapy approach can help you?
1. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
CBT deals with distorted cognitions, that is; irrational thoughts and behaviour modifications. By using this therapy, the therapist will help you break the chain of these behaviour patterns and help you develop healthy behaviours, by helping you to understand the reason for your negative behaviours and by shifting perspectives.
2. Neuro-linguistic programming therapy (NLP)
NLP is a therapeutic approach wherein, the therapist helps you to break your negative behaviour patterns by reframing these behaviour patterns to healthy behaviours using subconscious mind training techniques like hypnosis, etc., NLP is a powerful therapy as it works on the subconscious state of mind.
*Self-help techniques to deal with negative behavioral patterns:
• Journaling every night before bed helps you to understand how your behaviour affected yourself and others, you also understand how to behave instead.
• Practice relaxation techniques like breathing exercises to calm yourself, which will help you to think rationally.
• Self-talk helps you to understand your thoughts and feelings better. So, spend some time alone.
• Vent it out: talk to someone you trust and feel comfortable sharing with, as this will make you feel lighter and better.
• Pause and think before you react or behave in a certain manner which can worsen the situation.
It is always better to seek help from a mental health professional like counsellor or psychotherapist, as they will neither judge nor blame you.
So book an appointment with us today to break the toxic behavioural patterns!
ARTICLE WRITTEN BY, RITU HIRANI , (PSYCHOTHERAPIST)
ANUDEV SINGH, (FOUNDER OF EXPERT COUNSELLOR)