12 May 2021

'Take 5' video series helps us think about how to manage worries

Our Inclusion, Equity and Wellbeing team is continuing a series of 'Take 5' video clips with a focus on common thinking errors.

This is about how we manage our thoughts and feelings. We all have common thinking errors, whether we think we can mind read and know what others think of us, or whether we take a small thought and turn it in to a big deal with no real evidence. 

This clip borrows some ideas from cognitive behavioural therapy and asks you to have a think about your own thinking errors. Our Educational Psychology Service website has examples of questions you can ask yourself to help put things into perspective and to help you challenge these negative thoughts.

View clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ou3ac3-Xv8M

Another clip in the series focuses on managing worries. This follows on from earlier clips about how thoughts and feelings can have an impact on our behaviour, as well as those thinking errors we all make when it comes to negative thoughts.  

In terms of how we stop worries taking over, the team's website has a simple worry script you could use and some other ideas for how we manage worries day to day.  Remember a small shift can create positive change.

View clip on managing worries: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZujSFPhfYc

A big thank you to the educational psychologists who are putting these together. Some great ideas for individuals and families to consider.

You can also find hints, tips, ideas and sessions to join in as part of Aberdeenshire Wellbeing Festival at: https://www.nhsgrampian.org/your-health/aberdeenshire-wellbeing-festival

If you are looking for some more pointers on supporting positive mental health, please check out our educational psychology service website: https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/as/aberdeenshireeps/staff-resilience/ or please visit https://clearyourhead.scot/ for ways to access additional support.