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Today we’re going to give you all the information you need to know about Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and how it can help you feel better about yourself and in life! CBT is a method of psychotherapy that aids in the identification and management of negative thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. CBT teaches people how to identify, evaluate, and then actually modify their own unhelpful thinking habits.
Assume you are a person who has low self-esteem and finds it difficult to make decisions. You get the impression that nothing you accomplish is ever good enough. This is when Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can be helpful. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy teaches us to be conscious of our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours, as well as to think critically about them. It teaches us to accept the uncomfortable emotions we have and observe our reactions in order to understand how they affect our behaviour.
Rather than attempting to “cure” a mental illness, CBT focuses on helping you build the skillet so that you can learn to better cope with difficult situations in the present moment. For example, with CBT, you can learn to identify irrational beliefs, such as “I’m not good enough” and replace them with more helpful ones such as “I am capable and worthy.” CBT can also involve learning and mastering relaxation techniques, such as mindfulness or breathing exercises – these are things that you will take with you throughout your life and can help you manage anxiety and stress.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy teaches people how to be more compassionate toward themselves, as well as recognize and challenge unhelpful thought patterns. In moments of hardship, self-compassion is being kind and understanding to oneself rather than engaging in negative self-talk or rumination. Practicing and mastering this in CBT therapy can help you become more empowered and ultimately live a more fulfilling, productive life.
Now that you know more about what Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is and how it works, consider whether it may be right for you. With the right help and support, you can use CBT techniques to overcome difficult emotions, improve your self-esteem, and foster resilience in the face of life’s challenges.