Primary Well-Being Bulletin: Dealing With Negative Thoughts
Posted 21/01/2019 14:55

At this time of year, many of us have made New Year resolutions, aiming to improve our physical or mental health or to help others in our families or community. Many of our Primary students have also made resolutions. As we approach the end of January, many of us may be reflecting on how well we have kept these resolutions. For children, if they have had difficulties in keeping their resolutions, it might provoke negative thoughts about their ability to control their impulses or improve their academic work. Other ways in which negative thoughts can manifest themselves are:

  • Exaggerating and extending the importance of an adverse event
  • Blaming yourself for something that was caused by external circumstances; blaming big for small things
  • Generalising that whatever happened always happens
  • Becoming easily angry with yourself
  • Not trying activities unless one is sure one can excel
  • Thinking bad things always happen, good things never happen
  • Having trouble tolerating mistakes, disappointment or losing
  • Shutting down in the face of any obstacle

(Chamsky 2008)

It is important that students learn how to recognise these types of thoughts and have strategies to know how to deal with them. The following websites have ideas that are appropriate to use with Primary School-aged students to use to help them cope with negative thoughts.

Miss Watson





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