3 Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Tips To Reclaim Your Happiness
Depression And Anxiety
Depression and anxiety can come across as such overwhelming labels, but they are more common than many realise.
Depression is a mood disorder characterised by feelings of despondency, hopelessness, and/or self-doubt. Someone battling depression may feel a lack of energy or desire to participate in activities that were once considered pleasurable.
Days may appear dark and dreary with no silver lining in the clouds.
If this feels like a way you have been recently feeling, you might be experiencing depression. Good news. Excellent researchers have found very effective methods to treating depression, and this article will teach you tips to not only managing but thriving with this mood disorder.
Anxiety is another common mental health disorder characterised by intense worry and fear of the future. Anxiety in manageable amounts is good. Anxiety is what keeps us from running red lights or letting our kids play in the streets. Our Free anxiety test can help you to discover if you might have an anxiety problem or not.
Anxiety keeps us safe and motivated to keep from danger; although, when anxiety becomes immobilising and obsessive there is a problem. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a powerful tool used to combat both depression and anxiety.
Depression and anxiety may be caused by a number of things including biological and/or environmental factors, but they can both be treated with psychotherapy, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and medication if needed.
So, are you ready to start reclaiming your peace and happiness?
Today is the day. Let's take a deeper look into Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and how it can bring peace and joy back into your life.
What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?
CBT is a form of therapy provided through counselling that has ideals in modifying the cognitive functions of a client in order to enhance the behavioural well-being.
That may sound tricky at first, but quite honestly it is easier to do than you think.
Below we will explain steps to take that will teach you to improve your mood and return to higher functioning in a better mood.
You'll discover more on how cognitive behavioural therapy works by visiting the National Health Services (NHS) website.
Step One: Learn to monitor thoughts.
In order to practice CBT you must first learn to monitor your thought processes.
It is important to learn that thoughts are different than feelings.
If you are battling depression, your thoughts may say "There is no hope of getting out of bed today."
Maybe your anxious mind is telling you, "This is the end of the world."
Step Two: Check your mood/feelings.
Next, you will want to immediately (right after monitoring your thought), check your mood.
When you are thinking those types of thoughts, how do you feel?
Likely, when you think that there is no hope, you feel hopeless and more depressed.
When you think that it is the end of the world, you feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders, anxious, overwhelmed, and unable to handle it. Do not worry, these are normal feelings for this type of unhealthy thinking.
Step Three: Test the reality of your thoughts.
Literally, get a pen and paper and write down those thoughts that you were having. Let's take a look at the one from the anxious client for a learning example.
Thought: "This is the end of the world."
Reality: The world will not really end regardless of what you are facing in this moment.
Tell yourself the actual reality... this actually is NOT the end of the world. Now, check your mood. It is likely a little bit better now that you know the world is not coming to crumbles.
Change your self-defeating talk to empowering statements.
"We cannot solve our problems using the same thinking we used when we created them."
Change your thinking, change your world.
This seems like an oversimplified strategy, but it works. Practice, practice, practice.
You will soon get better and learn to change your thoughts to regain your sense of peace and hope amidst depression and/or anxiety.