7 Lessons I Have Learned from Studying Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

7 Lessons I Have Learned from Studying Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Last month, I spent an hour each day studying Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and putting it into practice in my life. In this post, I want to share with you 7 key lessons I have learned since I began studying CBT. These are ideas, mindsets and techniques that I have found especially helpful to apply …

Evaluation – Practising Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness

These were my challenges in March: 1 hour of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) study and/or practice each day. (And putting the techniques into practice throughout my day.) 1 guided meditation or mindfulness exercise each day. How did I do? Both of my challenges were a success! I managed to complete them on most days, and …

Book Review – ‘Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Dummies’ by Rhena Branch and Rob Willson

I chose to read Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Dummies because my challenge for this month is to spend an hour each day studying and practising CBT. I already had this book at home, and it had good reviews, so it made sense to read it as part of my CBT study, and see what I …

March 2019 Challenge – Practising Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness

My challenges: 1 hour of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) study and/or practice each day. (And putting the techniques into practice throughout my day.) 1 guided meditation or mindfulness exercise each day. Why did I choose these challenges? I had a lot of different ideas for my challenges this month. I chose these because I …

Anticipatory Anxiety, and How to Make it Go Away

This morning I stopped to think about what it is that actually makes me anxious. I realised that when I have an anxiety episode, it’s usually because I am anticipating something particular that might happen, or is almost certainly about to happen. Have you ever noticed that if you stand and wait for your toast …

Book Review – ‘Spark: How exercise will improve the performance of your brain’ by John J. Ratey and Eric Hagerman

Published by Quercus. First published 2009. Kindle edition. Other editions have the title: ‘Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain’ – this is the same book. I chose to read this book because it was recommended on another blog, and it looked interesting and relevant to me, especially as I have been …

Neutralising Anxiety Triggers

You might find that you get anxious in certain situations, for example, this year rehearsals have been an anxiety trigger for me. I thought of a way that could help to undo or soften that trigger, and gradually neutralise it, at least to an extent. Do something that is similar to the activity where you …

Tips for Dealing with Pre-Performance Anxiety and Nerves

By performance, I am talking about any situation where you have to ‘perform’ that you are anxious about – this could include a concert, a rehearsal, a sports match, a social occasion, a meeting, a public speech, or anything at all.  I often find that I get more anxious in the lead up to events …

Activities for Re-Energising Yourself

Do you sometimes feel unmotivated, and struggle to get yourself moving to get on with tasks? Do you get drawn in by the temptation to procrastinate? Sometimes in these situations, it’s wise not to keep pushing yourself to get on with the tasks that you ‘should’ be doing, because if your energy and motivation is …