Thoughts precede our actions. Sometimes we have to make quick decisions. Other times we need to act slowly and carefully. When we take time to think before acting, we can avoid negative—and sometimes dangerous—consequences. One example is avoiding drugs or other addictive behaviors (e.g., excessive social media time). Addictions limit our ability to think clearly and focus our attention on activities and habits that help us stay well.
Paying attention and staying engaged in the learning process helps us succeed in school and grow personally. The trouble is, we are surrounded by distractions vying for our time and attention. Learning to “tune out” distractions and intentionally “tune in” to learning can help us enjoy and gain the most from learning and life.
The stories that we tell ourselves and the thoughts in our head can have a profound effect on our happiness and overall well-being. For example, shameful thoughts like “I am so dumb” make us think that we are inferior or worthless. Reframing our thinking to focus on behavior and growth mindset helps us have a healthier mindset.